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CT lawmakers reach deal on gun laws

CT lawmakers reach deal on gun control package

HARTFORD - Connecticut lawmakers have reached a deal on what they are calling some of the toughest gun laws in the country.

Lawmakers say the bill will likely be taken up for a vote no later than Wednesday.

Officials say the deal includes a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

The deal also includes a new registry for existing high-capacity magazines that carry 10 or more rounds and background checks for private gun sales. Lawmakers also say they have created the nation's first statewide dangerous weapon offender registry, immediate universal background checks for all firearms sales and expansion of the state's assault weapons ban.

Those who want to purchase any rifle, shotgun or ammunition under the legislation would need a new state-issued eligibility certificate. In order to receive the certificate, the buyer would need to be fingerprinted, take a firearms training course and undergo a national criminal background check and involuntary commitment or voluntary admission check.

Lawmakers have been discussing the package since early March and reviewed recommendations on guns, mental health care and school security in the wake of the shooting.

Mark Barden, whose 7-year-old son Daniel was killed in the shooting, criticized the deal, saying it didn't prevent someone from going out of state to purchase them and then bring them back.

AP Wire Services were used in this report.

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