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Gov.’s Newtown panel backs expanded Conn. gun ban

by SUSAN HAIGH, SFGate.com  |  published on March 18, 2013

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s commission on the Newtown school shooting made one of the farthest reaching recommendations in the gun debate so far, suggesting Friday that the state ban the sale and possession of all semi-automatic weapons that can fire more than 10 rounds.

The proposed ban would affect both high-capacity rifles and hand guns, including those currently owned lawfully in Connecticut.

While some commission members felt the proposal was too broad and unfairly classified guns originally purchased legally as illegal assault weapons, enough of the members agreed to forward the recommendation on to Malloy.

“This body has been charged and given the great responsibility and perhaps even a great opportunity to take a stand on a larger issue, an incredible issue we as a society have grappled with,” said former Newtown Rep. Christopher Lyddy. “I’m on the side of let’s take a stand and let’s give a damn about those lives that have been lost.”

On Dec. 14, a lone gunman killed 20 first graders and six educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, prompting Malloy and the General Assembly to set up panels to review the state’s laws and policies affecting gun violence, school security and mental health. Adam Lanza first killed his mother at their home before his assault at the school, and then killing himself.

Malloy’s panel is expected to submit an interim set of recommendations on gun violence and school safety to the governor on Monday. It then is scheduled to focus on mental health issues.

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