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Connecticut Gun Laws: How Have Rules Changed Since Sandy Hook?

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By    |   Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 08:42 PM

It’s been almost two years since gunman Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Within minutes, the 20 year old shot and killed 20 schoolchildren and six teachers, then turned a gun on himself. But how have the rules changed since Sandy Hook?

The massacre inflamed an angry U.S. debate over gun control as President Barack Obama quickly signed 23 executive orders designed to reduce gun violence. Lawmakers in statehouses all over the country geared up for battles over limiting sales of assault weapons and expanding background checks.

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The result was hardly the sea change many expected. Connecticut, New York, Maryland, and Delaware passed significantly tighter gun laws in the wake of Sandy Hook, with a total of 21 states acting to restrict access. However, an equal number of states loosened gun restrictions, fearing a federal crackdown on gun rights, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

In 2013, attempts by Congress to pass sweeping gun legislation died in the Senate, and although states considered and debated 1,500 gun laws, only about 100 passed, according to USA Today. In almost all cases, the votes for or against gun control followed party lines in the state.

Perhaps the biggest change in the aftermath of Sandy Hook is in the area of mental health. In the year after the tragedy, dozens of states increased mental health spending to the tune of billions of dollars, and the federal government significantly boosted funding for community mental health centers.

Back in Connecticut, gun rights groups including the Connecticut Citizens Defense League sought to have the state’s 2013 law overturned for violating the constitutional rights of gun owners. Earlier this year, however, a federal judge upheld the law, which expands background checks and bans high-magazine assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.

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It's been almost two years since gunman Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Within minutes, the 20 year old shot and killed 20 schoolchildren and six teachers, then turned a gun on himself. But how have the rules changed since Sandy Hook?
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