The Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Sen. Blumenthal is a member, will hold a hearing Wednesday on the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. Both Blumenthal and Sen. Murphy are co-sponsors of the legislation, which would reinstate a strengthened version of the 1994 ban on assault weapons.
Two Newtown residents will testify at the hearing: Neil Heslin, father of Newtown victim Jesse Lewis, and Dr. William Begg, EMS Medical Director of the Western Connecticut Health Network.
The legislation would ban semiautomatic assault rifles with one or more military features, and magazines over 10 round capacity. It includes a list naming 157 weapons specifically banned. Unlike the last ban on assault weapons, the AWB of 2013 would include no 10-year sunset provision.