Gun control debate: A sampling of recent bills proposed across the U.S.

Published: Thursday, March 28 2013 7:36 a.m. MDT

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Leaders of the state closest to the Newtown, Conn., tragedy have been working toward measures to address gun violence and mental health issues, but agreements have been hard to reach.

A variety of factors could be responsible for the slow legislative place in the state. Connecticut currently has some of the strictest gun control measures in the U.S., and lawmakers say the state's relatively moderate politics, bipartisan lawmaking and a commitment to involve both political parties in the final decision have slowed efforts to move forward.

"My mantra at the beginning was it is important to act quickly, but it is more important to act intelligently," Democratic House speaker Brendan Sharkey told The New York Times. "I'm personally very confident that what we produce will give Connecticut the strongest gun safety legislation in the country when we're done."

Republicans and Democrats, working on a legislative task force, have both called for universal background checks, greater safe-storage requirements and more requirements for buying ammunition. Democrats, according to The New York Times, are also seeking to expand the existing assault-weapons ban to cover a broader array of weapons and for a ban on magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

As of Tuesday, legislative leaders were saying a vote on gun control measures will likely take place next week, WTNH reported.
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kearns, UT

At last, a voice of reason. Thank you Mike Calhoon.

kearns, UT

Even 40 votes is to many for this hate bill.

Mcallen, TX

Debate? No! It's government disarming it's citizens, and gaining control.

History will bare this out.

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