Connecticut governor signs strict gun law after Newtown shooting

Rifles turned in are seen during a gun buyback event in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School December 28, 2012. Credit: Reuters/ Michelle McLoughlin

Rifles turned in are seen during a gun buyback event in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School December 28, 2012.
Credit: Reuters/ Michelle McLoughlin

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By Mary Ellen Clark (Reuters) | Thu Apr 4, 2013 1:37pm EDT

MERIDEN, Connecticut - Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy on Thursday signed a tough new gun law that restricts sales of the sort of high-capacity ammunition clips that a gunman used to massacre 26 people in minutes in December in an attack at a school in the state.

The law also requires background checks for all gun purchases, expands the number of guns covered by the states' assault-weapons ban and establishes a $15 million fund to help schools improve security infrastructure.

"I hope that this is an example to the rest of the nation, certainly to our leaders in Washington who seem so deeply divided about an issue such as universal background checks, where the country is not divided itself," Malloy, a Democrat, said at the statehouse in Hartford before signing the bill into law.

(Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Alden Bentley and David Gregorio)
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