GREENWICH, Conn. -- Connecticut legislators are expected to pass some of the stiffest gun regulations in the nation when a bipartisan bill goes to a vote Wednesday in the General Assembly, according to The Hartford Courant.
Provisions in the bill include a ban on high-capacity magazines of more than 10 bullets, universal background checks, the creation of a "dangerous weapon offender registry" and more.
Buying, selling, importing or transferring high-capacity magazines would be a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine, according to the Courant.
"I think it's fantastic," Jill Morrison Wechter wrote on The Greenwich Daily Voice's Facebook page. "The tougher, the better."
Although news of the impending passage got several "likes," reader Ellen Vickers questioned whether the bill would make a difference.
"Tougher laws will be obeyed by the law abiding people," she wrote. "Every law out there will be disobeyed by the criminal or those that choose to hate, kill and destroy. Sad to say, but a Sandy Hook could happen again regardless of the laws."
The bill comes after 20 first-graders and six teachers were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14.
State Rep. Fred Camillo (R-Greenwich) issued a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying he will not be present for the vote because of an ongoing medical issue.
"Many of you have been wondering why I have not voted on bills in the past couple of months," Camillo said in the statement. "Due to a medical issue that has so far required two operations and will further require future treatments later this month, my work has been confined to my home. The volume of calls and emails I have received on the gun control issue, as well as several other proposals, has prompted me to send this letter out so that it may reach many more than I would be able to speak with via phone or email."
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