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Connecticut Signs Country's Strictest Gun Laws Following Sandy Hook Massacre

  • 04.04.13 12:29 PM EDT

Just a bit more than 100 days after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut's Governor Dannel Malloy has signed into law sweeping gun reforms. The measures, which will make Connectictut's gun laws the strictest in the nation, restricts the sale of assault weapons, bans high-capacity magazines and requires universal background checks for gun sales. 

The bill, which passed the state's Democrat-controlled House early Thursday morning after passing the Senate on Wednesday was drafted by leaders of both parties -- a rare move of bipartisanship in a debate over gun control that nationwide has been mostly divided along party lines. 

"I pray today's bill — the most far-reaching gun safety legislation in the country — will prevent other families from ever experiencing the dreadful loss that the 26 Sandy Hook families have felt," said CT House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz

A nation-wide gun-law reform of the kind that Obama's been advocating has been stalled by a divided Congress, but some progress has been made in the states. On the same day Connecticut signed into law its gun laws, Maryland also moved forward with similar restrictions. In March, Colorado also passed a legistaltion mandating background checks and restricting high-capacity magazines.