Connecticut gun law: Breakdown of when new rules go into effect

by New Haven Register  |  published on April 8, 2013

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New gun controls in Connecticut may have set off discussions by some manufacturers over whether or not to leave the state and a myriad of questions from dealers, but for citizens interested in buying guns going forward, the best way to approach the new rules is to look at when they go into effect.

The revisions, adopted almost three months after lawmakers looked for consensus in working groups and their leaders took weeks to negotiate the terms, are touted as among the strongest in the nation. Connecticut also has begun to address improvements in mental health services and school security as part of the comprehensive law.

The bipartisan deal was the state’s response to the slaughter of 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Dec. 14 by lone gunman Adam Lanza, who used a Bushmaster AR-15 semiautomatic rifle to shoot 154 rounds in less than five minutes; the victims each were shot between 3 and 11 times.

Both sides were passionate in their positions on gun control, with opponents accusing lawmakers of going too far in regulating firearms and not far enough in addressing mental health services; proponents criticized the failure to ban possession of magazines over 10 rounds.

Everyone agreed on the necessity of implementing known strategies to improve behavorial health and aligning insurance coverage, and some of that is part the new law. A continuing review of mental health access is ongoing, with a final report not due until the end of the year.

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