Connecticut has suddenly become the epicenter of the nation’s gun control debate in a way no one there could have foreseen. The Newtown school shootings have brought calls for restrictions on firearms, in the state that once led the world in creating modern weaponry.
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The gun control debate is underway in Connecticut. As WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, one proposal would tax ammunition.
Beth Bye is a Democratic state senator. She plans to introduce legislation in January that would provide for a 50 percent tax on ammunition not bought and consumed at a shooting range. She also wants to make it illegal to buy and have guns that hold more than ten rounds at a time. Bye says everyday she meets people who are waiting for action.
“Going into the bagel store, one of the women said to me, ‘Beth, I know there are all these processes and stuff, but just get it done now. What is taking so long? We want action now and we don’t want a delay.'”
The move comes as some of Connecticut’s lawmakers in Washington are calling for a federal ban on assault weapons.
For WNPR, I’m Jeff Cohen.
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