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Mad rush to buy guns in Conn.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The Connecticut Senate has approved wide-ranging gun control legislation in response to last year's deadly school shooting in Newtown that left 20 first-graders and six staffers dead.

The measures include a ban of the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines and 100 weapons that previously had been legal.  The 139-page bill was crafted by leaders from both major parties in the Democratic-controlled legislature. The Senate voted 26-10 in favor of the bill.

The bill has gone to the House of Representatives, which is expected to pass it tonight. It would then be sent to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has said he'll sign it.

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There's a run on gun shops in Connecticut as state lawmakers prepare to pass tough new regulations on firearms.
Buyers hope to beat those rules that will ban large capacity ammo magazines and classify over 100 guns as assault weapons.
Those regulations are set to take effect as soon as the governor signs the law, which could happen tonight.