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Jan 24, 2013 6:06 PM

Lawmakers introduce assault weapons ban

As lawmakers gathered Thursday to introduce new legislation assault rifles and outlaw high capacity ammunition magazines, a commission met for the first time in Connecticut pushing for answers in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary.

"We in Connecticut, as the site of this most recent and heinous event have an obligation to make sure that voices are heard," said Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.

Voices that echoed in Washington.

Senator Dianne Feinstein proposed new legislation that would outlaw 158 specific assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons and limit magazines to 10 rounds or less.

"We should be outraged by how easy it is for perpetrators of these horrific crimes to obtain powerful military style weapons," Feinstein said.

Feinstein says her bill exempts 2,200 sporting weapons and recognizes those who own guns for hunting and home protection, a clear nod to the powerful National Rifle Association, which has argued the Second Amendment forbids any weapons ban and recently called for increasing the number of armed guards in schools.

Connecticut state police say the final report in the shooting rampage is still months away.

Investigators hope to have it finished by June.

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