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Gun control law in Connecticut after Newtown shooting

Connecticut law-makers have passed a wide-ranging gun control law in response to Newtown school shooting last December, the Associated Press reports.

The measure ban the sales of large-capacity ammunition magazines and more than 100 weapons that previously had been legal.

Adam Lanza shot dead 20 pupils and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary Scho Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Some of the measures which will take effect right immediately include an expansion of the state's assault weapons ban, background checks for all firearms sales and a ban on the sale or purchase of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

The bill also addresses mental health and school security measures.

Obama: Lanza attack will 'shame' US if gun ban fails

President Obama has said there will be "shame" on himself and the American people if pledges to bring in tougher gun safety laws after the Newtown school massacre go unfulfilled.

More than 3,000 gun deaths have occurred in the US since Adam Lanza shot dead 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December.

More shocking details of the speed of the attack and the arsenal of weapons Lanza owned have been released today.

But, as ITV News Correspondent Geraint Vincent reports from Washington, DC, Mr Obama still faces great difficulty in translating anger at the massacre into legislation aimed at curbing the public's right to bear the most powerful of arms.


Governor: Lanza's weapons choice shows ban is vital

Adam Lanza shot dead 20 pupils and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in a matter of minutes. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Newtown killer Adam Lanza's choice of assault weapons from his store of guns to carry out the December school massacre underlines why tighter controls are needed, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has said.

"We now know that he left the lower capacity magazines at home," Malloy said in a statement after the previously sealed searches of Lanza's car and home were made public.

"This is exactly why we need to ban high capacity magazines and why we need to tighten our assault weapons ban."

Obama: Now is the 'best chance' for steps to save lives

Obama: 'Shame on us if we've forgotten' gun law pledge

US President Barack Obama has said action must be taken for new gun safety laws in the wake of the Newtown massacre, saying "shame on us if we've forgotten" the pledge made for the school victims.

"We need everybody to remember what we felt less than 100 days ago and make sure what we said wasn't just a bunch of platitudes," Mr Obama said at the White House.

"The entire country was shocked and pledged we'd do something about it and this time it'd be different," he said.

The president said the gun lobby contains "powerful voices" whose "assumption is that people will just forget about" the demand for tighter laws made after the December killings.

But Mr Obama said: "Nothing is more powerful than millions of people calling for change."

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