Conn.'s bipartisan gun deal weathered challenges

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's new sweeping gun control package is being hailed as a bipartisan model for Congress and other state legislatures, but lawmakers say there were times when it appeared questionable that a deal could be reached between Democrats and Republicans.

In an interview with The Associated Press, House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said he was being pressured by gun control advocates to bypass the General Assembly's Republicans and push through a package of strong legislation using the might of the legislature's Democratic majority.

But Sharkey says the top two Republican leaders made it clear at the first negotiation session they were willing to compromise on two key issues: expanding the state's assault weapons ban and banning high-capacity ammunition magazines.

The law signed Thursday attempts to address the Dec. 14 school massacre in Newtown.

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