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Apr 1, 2013 6:24 PM by JD Downing

Conn. reaches deal on tough gun laws

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers have reached a deal on what they're calling some of the toughest gun laws in the country that were proposed after the mass school shooting in the state in December.

Among the highlights are a ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the massacre in Newtown, a new registry for existing high-capacity magazines and background checks for private gun sales.

Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr. of Brooklyn says the negotiations produced the "strongest and most comprehensive bill in the U.S." that addresses gun restrictions. The proposal was revealed to rank-and-file lawmakers Monday after weeks of negotiations among legislative leaders.

The registry is something of a compromise. Some parents of the 20 first-graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School had wanted an outright ban on existing high-capacity magazines, while legislators had proposed grandfathering them into the law.

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