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Currently, the state has about 1.4 million registered guns, and state police say there could be as many as 2 million more that are not registered.
The interim report did not mention any recommendations regarding mental health, which will be explored at a commission meeting Friday. Jackson noted that the commission will continue working "through the end of this year'' and will react to the Danbury state's attorney's report on the Newtown massacre that is expected in June.
Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams, the highest-ranking senator, thanked the commissioners for their work and said, "Everything is on the table as negotiations between the legislative leaders continue.''
The commission's recommendations did not impress Scott Wilson, president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, which supports gun owners' rights. Wilson and his group have said that the gun control measures being proposed would do nothing to prevent another disturbed individual from doing what Lanza did, but only would infringe on the rights of responsible, law-abiding gun owners.
Wilson said the interim report is an "over-reach, and it will do nothing to protect the children."
Malloy has proposed universal background checks, stricter requirements for storing firearms and restricting the size of magazines.
"I believe we can pass meaningful legislation that achieves common sense gun violence prevention measures and that we can do it in a way that many gun owners will agree with," he said in his statement Monday. "I am hopeful that we can come to an agreement soon. Our residents, who by all accounts support many of the proposals that we are considering, have waited long enough.''
Courant staff writer Jon Lender contributed to this story.