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State Task Force To Consider Firearms Laws

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File photo of a Bushmaster rifle. AFP PHOTO/JEFF HAYNES  (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut legislators are establishing a bipartisan task force to recommend possible legislation to prevent gun violence, provide mental health care and improve school safety.

Senate President Pro-Tem Donald Williams Jr. said Tuesday the group will review current law and could propose a comprehensive bill for a vote by the end of February.

The effort stems from the Dec. 14 shooting rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, which killed 20 first graders and six educators.

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said lawmakers need to craft a comprehensive, thoughtful, bipartisan plan. He says “the eyes of the country” are on Connecticut.

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, a Republican from Fairfield, sees a “genuine interest in working together” on legislation responding to the Newtown shootings.

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