Connecticut lawmakers pass strict gun laws

By WEEK Reporter

Connecticut lawmakers pass strict gun laws

April 4, 2013 Updated Apr 4, 2013 at 9:45 AM CDT

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut lawmakers passed some of the strictest gun laws in the nation on Thursday.

The Connecticut House of Representatives passed the measure in 105 to 44 vote. The Senate passed the measure Wednesday on a 26 to 10 vote.

The legislation expands the list of assault weapons banned in the state, creates a dangerous weapon offender registry, and established eligibility rules for buying ammunition.

The bill is in part a response to the December massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.