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Fri Mar 15, 2013, 10:21 AM

Momentum building for gun control, bipartisan or not

CONNECTICUT -- A far-reaching package of gun-violence legislation in response to the Sandy Hook school massacre is widely seen as inevitable in the General Assembly, with legislative leaders saying Wednesday night their goal is a vote by the end of March with or without a bipartisan deal.

In separate interviews, Democratic and Republican leaders said they are progressing toward bipartisan legislation addressing gun, school security and mental health issues arising from the murders of 26 children and women at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy egged on gun-control advocates to keep up their daily grass-roots pressure on legislators Wednesday, and Colt's Manufacturing was preparing another lobbying blitz by its employees Thursday in an uphill fight to head off a broader assault weapons ban.

A bipartisan consensus is emerging -- in concept, if not necessarily in specifics -- on legislation that would restrict the sales of military-style rifles and large-capacity magazines, according to those familiar with continuing negotiations by Democratic and Republican leaders.

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