HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The mother of a child killed in the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown says she’s ‘‘grateful’’ and ‘‘pleased’’ with the gun control proposal that state lawmakers have unveiled.
Nicole Hockley had joined five other relatives of Newtown victims at the Capitol to demand that legislators include existing large-capacity magazines in the ban on the sale of magazines that carry 10 or more bullets.
The gunman in the Newtown massacre fired off 154 shots with a semi-automatic rifle that uses such magazines, killing 20 first-graders and six educators within five minutes.
The proposal put forth by top state lawmakers on Monday fell short of banning existing large-capacity magazines, but did include a ban on new ones and registration requirements for existing ones.
Hockley said lawmakers had listened to her and other victims’ families by strengthening the provision on large capacity magazines.
‘‘This is going to be one of the strongest gun laws in the country, and that will be a model for other states to follow and for federal leaders to follow,’’ she said Tuesday.
Tim Mackris, a member of Sandy Hook Promise, described the bill as ‘‘incredibly comprehensive’’ and called it ‘‘a step in the right direction.’’
‘‘Over a week ago, registration was not part of the bill and we feel through discussion we were able to strengthen the bill,’’ he said.
The gun-control legislation is expected to pass the General Assembly on Wednesday, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he would sign it.
‘‘The parents and survivors should understand that although they may not have gotten everything they wanted in this package, they've gotten a good deal of additional language that will help us in the future in the state of the Connecticut,’’ Malloy said Tuesday.