Sandy Hook Advisory Commission submits final report, makes recommendations

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Friday, March 6, 2015
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NEWTOWN, Conn. (WABC) -- A panel created after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, presented its final report on Friday.

The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission submitted its initial report last month after hearing more than two years of input from victims' families and experts.

The 16-member panel is recommending reforms to the mental health care system, stricter gun laws and improved school safety, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says some of them financial and political challenges. Malloy told The Associated Press that he doesn't believe there's an appetite in the General Assembly to pass more significant gun control beyond the sweeping legislation approved in 2013.

The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission was formed after the 2012 killings of 20 first-graders and six adults.

The panel's final report includes recommendations that every firearm be registered in Connecticut and serial numbers be etched on shell casings for ammunition.

Malloy said the state must find ways to fund more mental health services. He said Connecticut is working to receive greater federal reimbursement for services.

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