Three months after 26 people were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, the state is poised to pass what could be the nation's strictest gun control package. After weeks of negotiations, legislators have proposed eligibility certificates for purchasing a rifle, shotgun, or ammunition; require weapon offenders to register with the state; impose background checks for all firearms; and expand the ban of assault weapons (though a proposal from relatives of Sandy Hook victims to ban high-capacity magazines with more than 10 bullets failed). The bill will likely be passed by the state's general assembly on Wednesday. “When you take all the elements and compare it, I think you could judiciously say this is the strongest bill in the nation,” says Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence.
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