On Monday afternoon, lawmakers in Connecticut announced success in molding a bi-partisan approach to gun violence following weeks of closed-door negotiations. It will be voted upon on Wednesday, and is expected to pass the Democrat-controlled General Assembly with ease.
Rather than focus on improving security at schools, lawmakers instead turned their attention to the firearms used in recent shootings, concluding that certain features of those firearms enhanced the ability of deranged shooters to kill unarmed innocents.
For example, magazines containing more than 10 rounds are to be banned altogether, while those remaining legal must be registered with the state. The so-called “assault weapons” ban already in place will be extended to include more than 100 additional firearms, including any that have military-type features that have nothing to do with their operational effectiveness.
There is at least one “loophole” in the law that has incensed gun controllers: the “grandfathering” of magazines already in the hands of law-abiding citizens. They will not be included either in the ban of high-capacity magazines or in the requirement to have them registered by the state. As draconian as the new laws will be, they’re not enough for Mark Barden, whose 7-year-old son Daniel was killed in the Newtown shooting:
[The new law] doesn't prevent someone from going out of the state to purchase them and then bring them back. There’s no way to track when they were purchased, so they can say: “I had this before [the new law was effective].” So it’s a big loophole.
So gaping was the loophole that Barden and other parents affected by the Newtown shooting wrote to legislators about it, saying,
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