‘‘Having said that, there are other things that need to be taken into consideration,’’ Malloy said. ‘‘And the public’s safety is one of those things.’’
Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son, Dylan, was killed at Sandy Hook, welcomed the legislation. She credited lawmakers with listening to the parents, who had opposed allowing existing high-capacity magazines to be grandfathered into the law. Legislators did allow that but also required the magazines to be registered by Jan. 1 with the state.
‘‘This is going to be one of the strongest gun laws in the nation, and that will be a model for other states to follow and for federal leaders to follow,’’ she said.
Associated Press reporters Michael Melia, Stephen Singer and Stephen Kalin in Hartford contributed to this report.