New gun law changes now in effect

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Parts of the sweeping gun control legislation passed in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook went into effect Monday. Folks who want to buy certain guns and ammunition will have to take some extra steps.

These changes are in response to the Newtown shootings. This was a big focus of the legislative session, with the focus on gun control and mental health.

The new laws that took effect Monday address:

New credentials are required for residents to buy long guns and ammunition.


Residents who have been involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility will now have to wait for a longer period for a gun permit.

News 8 asked a gun store owner in Wallingford what he thinks about the new laws.

"They're the laws and I have to abide by them," said Douglas Odishoo, owner of Delta Arsenal.

He says he does not expect his business to be impacted by these new laws.

"Right now, the laws taking place aren't going to affect us much at all. It's going to be for the people to start their certifications, for ammunition if they don't have a pistol permit and long gun," said Odishoo.

Also, anyone 18 years of age or older can start applying for the new ammunition certificate, a criminal background check is now part of that process.

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