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Conn. proposals on guns, other items after Newtown

(AP) – Connecticut lawmakers announced a deal Monday on what they called some of the toughest gun laws in the country that were proposed after the December mass shooting at a school in Newtown. Some highlights from the proposal:

GUN LAWS

_Ban sales of high-capacity ammunition magazines;

_Background checks for private gun sales;

_New registry for existing magazines that carry 10 or more bullets;

_Statewide dangerous weapon offender registry, which lawmakers said is the nation’s first;

_Immediate universal background checks for all firearms sales;

_Expansion of Connecticut’s assault weapons ban;

_Safety training and other requirements to buy any rifle, shotgun or ammunition;

_Increases minimum age eligibility for purchase of some semi-automatic rifles to 21;

_ Expands requirements for safe storage of firearms;

_ Increases penalties for firearms trafficking and illegal possession offenses.

SCHOOL SECURITY

_Creates statewide council to develop safety standards for school buildings;

_Requires each school to write safety plans;

_Requires state to maintain registry of school security consultants working in Connecticut;

_Requires all colleges and universities to submit safety plans to the state.

MENTAL HEALTH

_Bans people who voluntarily commit themselves to a hospital from getting gun permits or eligibility certificates within six months of their release;

_ Bans people involuntarily committed to a hospital within the past 60 months from possessing a firearm or receiving a permit or eligibility certificate;

_Expands training to teach people to recognize signs of mental illness in young people and get them help;

_Creates group to study state’s mental health care system;

_Requires that requests for insurers to cover certain mental health services be considered urgent and shortens the review time for them from 72 to 24 hours.

Source: State task force on gun violence prevention and children’s safety

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