News Wrap: Connecticut Governor Approves New Gun Legislation
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HARI SREENIVASAN: The governor of Connecticut has now signed into law some of the toughest gun control measures in the nation. He made it official at a signing ceremony in Hartford, surrounded by family members of victims of gun violence, including December’s Newtown school massacre. The new legislation will restrict sales of high-capacity ammunition clips, and expand the list of guns on the state’s assault weapons ban. It also requires a background check for all firearms sales.
Gov. Dannel Malloy hailed it as a major step in the right direction.
GOV. DANNEL MALLOY, D-Conn: We have come together in a way that relatively few places in our nation have demonstrated an ability to do. In some senses, I hope that this is an example to the rest of the nation, certainly to our leaders in Washington, who seem so deeply divided about an issue such as universal background checks, where the country is not divided itself.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Other states like California, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts have also imposed tough gun control measures of their own. Congress is slated to take up gun legislation when members return from recess next week.
The U.S. announced today it is looking for ways to keep the hunt for a notorious African warlord on track. A recent change in leadership in the Central African Republic meant the search for Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, was suspended. But, yesterday, the U.S. State Department announced a new $5 million dollar reward for any information leading to Kony’s arrest. His band of warriors abduct children and adults and turn them into fighters and sexual slaves.
Japan’s Central Bank took a bold step today to stimulate its economy. The Bank of Japan announced it is flooding its financial system with money, buying more than $530 billion dollars a year in government bonds. The move is designed to get people and companies to borrow and spend more. Japanese stocks soared on the news, but the yen sank.
The Bank of Japan decision sent stocks on Wall Street edging slightly higher today. The Dow Jones industrial average gained more than 55 points to close at 14,606. The Nasdaq rose six points to close at 3,225.
Those are some of the day’s major stories — now back to Judy.