High Capacity Magazines to be Addressed in Post-Sandy Hook Legislation

Over the past few weeks, there’s been question as to whether limiting the capacity of magazines for assault-style weapons would be part of legislation scheduled to be taken up by the General Assembly Wednesday. Now a top legislative leader says that and every other aspect of the post-Sandy Hook task force’s work is included in the plan.

Senate Majority Leader Marty Looney, who has been the leading gun control advocate in the legislature for many years, says he is satisfied with the package to be presented to the respective caucuses today. “Oh, very much so. I am very pleased with the result of the [task force] efforts,” Looney says.

“Every general category is addressed: expanded permitting, background checks, increased penalties for firearms crimes, and the magazine issue is addressed,” Looney said. He added that he can’t be more specific because the rank and file lawmakers in the four caucuses haven’t seen the proposals yet. That happens today.

The original, self-imposed deadline to pass legislation was the end of February. But unavoidable obstacles such as snow storms along with avoidable political bickering slowed the process. Despite the delay, it appears that the resulting bipartisan legislation would give Connecticut the toughest anti-gun laws in the nation.