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Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signs new gun law on April 4, 2013 at the State Capitol in Hartford, CT. Photo by Christine Stuart | CTNewsJunkie.com

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signs new gun law on April 4, 2013 at the State Capitol in Hartford, CT. Photo by Christine Stuart | CTNewsJunkie.com

by Hugh McQuaid | CTnewsjunkie.com

Flanked by families of some of those murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT in December 2012, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law the state’s new bipartisan, gun-violence prevention legislation at a ceremony Thursday afternoon (April 4) at the state Capitol.

The bill expands the number of firearms prohibited in Connecticut, bans the sale of ammunition magazines that carry more than 10 rounds, and imposes new eligibility requirements for purchases of all guns and ammunition. It also creates the first statewide gun offender registry.

“We can never undo the senseless tragedy that took place on Dec. 14 or those tragedies that play themselves out on a daily basis in our cities, but we can take action here in Connecticut and we can make Connecticut towns and cities safer. And this bill does that,” Malloy said.

The new law adds about 100 guns to the current list of 66 and amends the “physical characteristic test” so a gun with just one military-style feature would be considered an assault weapon, instead of two. The expanded definition of assault weapon includes the AR-15 style weapon Adam Lanza, the gunman in Newtown, used to murder 26 people.

Second Amendment advocates lobbied heavily against the bill throughout its legislative process. Several groups today released statements announcing their intention to challenge the new law on constitutional grounds.

Scott Wilson, president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, announced his group’s plans to hold a rally at the state Capitol on April 20 to “regroup and renew efforts to challenge this new law.”

“The Connecticut Citizens Defense League stands united with the gun owners of our state, and pledge our resolve to correct this legislative travesty through litigation, or any legal avenue available,” Wilson said.

Connecticut Atty General George Jepsen, who as a lawmaker helped pass the state’s 1993 assault weapons ban, said he did not think legal challenges to the law would be successful.

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