Connecticut's new laws are some of the toughest in the country, and for good reason. The people of our state know that it takes bold, courageous action like this to help prevent the next tragic shooting. This state legislation, now law 110 days after a gunman used a military style assault weapon and high capacity magazines to take 26 innocent lives in Newtown, is a model for federal legislation. A majority of the American people support these measures, many of them overwhelmingly so. More than 9 out of 10 Americans support universal background checks for gun purchases. How could Congress possibly act against the wishes of 90% of the country? Connecticut has proven that Republicans and Democrats can come together to pass tough, common sense gun laws, and I hope my colleagues in Congress will join me in the coming weeks to get this done for our country.
Congressman Jim Himes:
Last night, Connecticut lawmakers led the way with passage of strong gun violence prevention measures that will make it harder for the wrong people to get dangerous weapons, and I urge my colleagues in Congress to follow suit sooner rather than later. The bill signed into law by Governor Malloy today will help keep military-style guns off the streets, ensure that all high-capacity magazines are accounted for, and prevent criminals, the mentally ill, and children from getting their hands on a gun. This is an important moment for a state still grappling with an unspeakable tragedy, and I am encouraged by the fact that nearly every legislator from Southwest Connecticut - both Democrats and Republicans - voted for these important reforms. I applaud the Governor and Connecticut legislators for putting partisan politics aside and doing what is right to protect our children and families."
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro:
"This is a proud day for the state of Connecticut. Nearly four months ago President Obama asked if we were doing enough to keep our children safe from harm. The answer then was clearly no. But Democrats and Republicans in Connecticut have come together and taken a first step to change that.
"Now Congress needs to act. For one state's actions are not enough to keep children safe when there are 50 different sets of laws. I urge my colleagues to follow Connecticut's example and set our differences aside to agree on common-sense solutions so that no one has to suffer as the families in Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, Blacksburg and too many others have."