Outright ban of high-capacity ammunition magazines is still governor's preference

Hartford - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday that he supports banning the future sale and possession of high-capacity magazines with more than 10 rounds but would not support banning the possession of weapons that might be added to the list of what is considered an assault weapon.

People whose weapons are added to the list would have to pass a background check to keep them, he said to reporters on Tuesday after his monthly meeting with state agency commissioners.

One of the gun control sticking points in the state Capitol is whether to ban the possession of high-capacity magazines. A ban would mean that those who currently own high-capacity magazines would have to sell them outside of the state or have them altered to have a maximum capacity of 10 rounds.

When asked whether he would accept a grandfather clause for high-capacity magazines, as he said he could for assault weapons, Malloy said, "I am not going to change my position that a ban would be best; however, I would look at the legislation in total before I make any decision."

Malloy said there currently is no final package of gun control laws from Senate and House leadership and that he has not talked about vetoing a bill that doesn't meet particular criteria.

"I continue to believe that the ban on the possession of magazines over 10 (rounds) would be the best way to do this," Malloy said. "On the other hand, there is a legislative process."

Democrats on the legislature's Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety put a ban on the sale and possession of high-capacity magazines in their recommendations to leadership, whereas the Republicans did not.

j.somers@theday.com

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