In a compromise certain to cause controversy, sources say leaders of the state House and Senate have agreed to “grandfather” existing high-capacity ammunition magazines for at least some period of time. The proposed compromise would ban the magazines but allow owners of existing magazines to keep them.
The agreement has already led to some parents (below left, waiting for legislators) of Sandy Hook victims to call for an up-or-down vote on an amendment that would ban the magazines outright.
The legislative compromise, reached after weeks of closed-door discussions between Democratic and Republican leaders, would also enact broad ban on semi-automatic assault weapons such as the type used in the Newtown school massacre where 20 children and six adults died Dec. 14.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Monday morning said he was in full support of the Sandy Hook parents — in opposition to the compromise General Assembly leaders reached.
“I have been clear for weeks that a ban on the possession and sale of high capacity magazines is an important part of our effort to prevent gun violence – simply banning their sale moving forward would not be an effective solution. This morning, we heard from victims’ families on that very point. They’ve asked for an up or down vote on that provision and, whether it’s in the larger bill or as an amendment, the families, and every resident of our state, deserve a vote. We know this is an issue that has bipartisan support, including from Senate Minority Leader John McKinney. We cannot lose sight of our ultimate goal – improving public safety for all of our residents, including our children.”
A letter to all state legislators today signed by family members of 11 of the 26 victims asked them to eliminate the provision allowing magazine owners to keep them:
Below, Sandy Hook parent Nelba Marquez-Greene stands with others lobbying state legislators as they head into a caucus meeting to discuss the proposed gun control bill.