Lawmakers in Connecticut’s House voted in the early hours of Thursday morning to approve a bill that limits the capacity of rifle magazines to 10 rounds, requires background checks for all gun sales and grows the state’s definition of “assault rifle” to ban more than 100 different models across the state, including the one used in the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre.
The vote passed Connecticut’s Democratic-controlled House 105 to 44, just hours after the similarly liberal Senate approved an identical bill, balloting 26 to 10. Gov. Dannel Malloy (D), who emerged as one of the nation’s biggest proponents of expanded gun control after the slaughter in Newtown, is expected to sign the bill into law later today.
Malloy has been calling for nationwide gun-control legislation starting just two days after the massacre that left 20 children and six adults dead. “These are assault weapons,” he said on the Dec. 16th episode of CNN’s “State of the Union.” “You don’t hunt deer with these things. One can only hope we’ll find a way to limit these weapons that really only have one purpose.”