HARTFORD - Gov. Dannel Malloy signed Connecticut's new gun control reforms into law during a ceremony today at the Capitol in Hartford.

The move comes less than four months after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown that left 26 dead.

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"This is an example to the rest of the nation," said Malloy, signing his approval to reforms that require automatic background checks and impose restrictions on weapons and large-capacity magazines.

Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son Dylan was killed in the December shooting, says the new laws will be Newtown's legacy.

"We have said from the outset that we want Newtown to be known not for tragedy, but for transformation, and this law marks the beginning of the turning point," said Hockley.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) praised the reforms, saying the bipartisan work should be seen as an example to federal lawmakers working on gun control legislation.