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Conn. proposals on guns, other items after Newtown

Monday - 4/1/2013, 9:10pm  ET

The Associated Press

Connecticut lawmakers announced a deal Monday on what they called some of the toughest gun laws in the country that were proposed after the December mass shooting at a school in Newtown. Some highlights from the proposal:

GUN LAWS

--Ban sales of high-capacity ammunition magazines;

--Background checks for private gun sales;

--New registry for existing magazines that carry 10 or more bullets;

--Statewide dangerous weapon offender registry, which lawmakers said is the nation's first;

--Immediate universal background checks for all firearms sales;

--Expansion of Connecticut's assault weapons ban;

--Safety training and other requirements to buy any rifle, shotgun or ammunition;

--Increases minimum age eligibility for purchase of some semi-automatic rifles to 21;

-- Expands requirements for safe storage of firearms;

-- Increases penalties for firearms trafficking and illegal possession offenses.

SCHOOL SECURITY

--Creates statewide council to develop safety standards for school buildings;

--Requires each school to write safety plans;

--Requires state to maintain registry of school security consultants working in Connecticut;

--Requires all colleges and universities to submit safety plans to the state.

MENTAL HEALTH

--Bans people who voluntarily commit themselves to a hospital from getting gun permits or eligibility certificates within six months of their release;

-- Bans people involuntarily committed to a hospital within the past 60 months from possessing a firearm or receiving a permit or eligibility certificate;

--Expands training to teach people to recognize signs of mental illness in young people and get them help;

--Creates group to study state's mental health care system;

--Requires that requests for insurers to cover certain mental health services be considered urgent and shortens the review time for them from 72 to 24 hours.

Source: State task force on gun violence prevention and children's safety


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