Two Democratic state lawmakers are preparing a comprehensive gun control bill that would prohibit firearms with a capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition, expand the definition of an assault rifle, bar online ammunition purchases and institute a 50-percent sales tax on all ammunition buys.
“Every constituent I have spoken to since this horrific event has demanded action,” state Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, said in a press release outlining the proposal. “They simply cannot fathom why we continue to pay such an awful price for such free access to firearms. I cannot either, and I plan to work very closely with both national and state experts to craft meaningful laws and reforms that will have a real and lasting effect on stemming the access to dangerous weapons here in Connecticut.”
Rep. Bob Godfrey, D-Danbury, sponsored Connecticut’s original assault weapons ban in the early 1990s. But he said more must be done.
“We have a unique opportunity to revisit our regulations and update them. We must focus on what are truly weapons of mass destruction, as we tragically learned last week, “he said. “The 1993 ban on assault-style weapons was upheld by the Connecticut Supreme Court, but more needs to be done. We need to look at the definition of what is an assault weapon.”