Connecticut governor signs sweeping gun limits into law

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's governor has signed into law some of the country's tightest gun restrictions in response to December's shooting massacre at a Newtown school.
   
The measure adds more than 100 firearms to the state's assault weapons ban and outlaws the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines similar to the ones used by the gunman who killed 26 people inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.
   
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat, signed the bill at a ceremony Thursday, several hours after it won approval in the General Assembly. Some aspects take effect immediately, including background checks for all firearms sales.
   
President Barack Obama plans a trip to Connecticut on Monday to step up pressure on Congress to pass federal gun-control legislation.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy plans to sign a wide-ranging bill that includes sweeping new restrictions on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines, a response to last year's deadly school shooting in Newtown.
   
The House and the Senate voted in favor of the 139-page bill crafted by leaders from both major parties in the Democratic-controlled General Assembly.
   
The bill passed 26-10 in the Senate and 105-44 in the House. Malloy is to sign the legislation at noon Thursday during a ceremony at the state Capitol.
   
Some of the measures take effect right away. Those include expansion of the state's assault weapons ban, background checks for all firearms sales and a ban on the sale or purchase of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. The bill also addresses mental health and school security measures.

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