Supporters of a proposed bipartisan gun control bill that will be unveiled later today say it would be the toughest legislation proposed in any state since the Newtown school massacre on Dec. 14.
Source say the bill, which is expected to be taken up by the General Assembly on Wednesday, would:
- Expand and strengthen an existing prohibition on semi-automatic assault rifles;
- Ban the sale of ammunition magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds;
- Mandate registration of existing high-capacity magazines;
- Create a “dangerous weapon offenders registry,” available only to law enforcement;
- Require a “certificate of eligibility” or gun permit before buying any ammunition. Certificates of eligibility could only be obtained after undergoing a national criminal background check;
- Institute a universal background check for all purchases of firearms, including private sales.