Lawmakers reinforce need for gun laws

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- At the State Capitol, a lot of lawmakers, including the Governor, say the information in the Sandy Hook warrants reinforces the need for tougher gun laws.

Legislative leaders are still hoping to vote on a package of gun bills next week.

"How anyone would have maintained that household that way is difficult to understand," said Governor Dannel Malloy.
        
The sheer volume of the ammunition in the Lanza home has promoted many at the State Capitol to conclude that restrictions on ammunition purchases must be part of any gun law re-writes.
       
And the fact that shooter Adam Lanza fired 154 rounds from high capacity ammunition magazines in less than five minutes, reinforces the push for a magazine capacity ban.

"If he had decided to take only the tens that were at his house, or the twenties at his house; it would have magnified the number of times he would have had to change that instrument. It would have changed the nature of the crime," said Malloy.

If there were any thoughts earlier this week that a ban on high capacity ammunition magazines might not be in a final legislative package, those thoughts were eliminated today. The leaders of both parties appeared to be speaking in one voice.

"It confirms what we know about the ammunition and weapon he had and I don't think would lead us to change the direction we're heading in," said Sen. John McKinney.

 "Not only high capacity magazines, but on the access to weapons of war, assault weapons that can deliver more than 150 rounds in less than five minutes," said Sen. Don Williams.

 "A lot of it validates the assumptions we've been going on and proceeding on but to actually see it in writing or a report is helpful," said Rep. Larry Cafero.

"Absolutely, which is why I'm confident that when we finish our discussions on, work on a bill, hopefully as early as next week we'll be addressing those very issues," said Rep. Brendan Sharkey.

However, one legislative leader that had said a vote next week was "likely," today would only say he was "hopeful."

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