Senate passes gun control bill 26-10 []

April 4, 2013

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The state Senate approved sweeping new restrictions on guns and large-capacity magazines as a response to the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The House of Representatives are now debating the bill and could vote at any time.

After all of the meetings, the hearings and the debate Senator McKinney, the law maker representing Newtown read off the 26 names before asking the senators to vote on the new gun control legislation. It will make Connecticut one of the most restrictive in the nation.

“Emergency certified bill number 1160. Total number of voting 36. Those voting yay 26, those voting nay 10, absent, not voting zero.”

“The bill passes.”

“We’ve all shed a lot of tears since December 14. It’s been a lot of hours of meetings, talking to people, work, so I’m tired. It’s not really an emotion but I feel some comfort that we’re trying to do the right thing and hopefully we are doing the right thing,” said Sen. John McKinney, 28th District.

“I think that’s a danger as a legislator, to say I’m going to to something for the sake of doing something even though I’m not convinced it’s the right thing to do. Law abiding gun owners were not responsible for this terrible act and I don’t think they are the ones that should be punished for it,” said Sen. Joe Markley, 16th District.