It has been two years since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the state of Connecticut now has some of the most restrictive gun policies in the country.
While federal legislation stalled in partisan gridlock, in April of 2013, Gov. Dan Malloy signed into Connecticut law a series of new restrictions on guns in the state. While gun violence experts say it’s too early to tell if the new law is effective, Malloy points to the fact that there were 32 percent fewer murders in 2013 than in 2011.
The new Connecticut law strengthened gun laws that were already on the books. The law:
- Made background checks universal for all gun and ammunition purchases
- Limited the ability of the mentally ill to purchase guns
- Outlawed more than 100 additional assault weapons, including the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle that Adam Lanza used in the Sandy Hook shooting
- Banned large capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds
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And, watch the full report from NewsHour Weekend on the state of gun laws in Connecticut two years after the Sandy Hook shooting: