The Board of Selectmen passed a resolution supporting sensible state and federal legislation at its meeting Monday night.

The resolution included effective background checks on all persons purchasing firearms and restricting the commercial availability of military grade assault weapons, military grade ammunition and high capacity magazines.

First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said the resolution focuses on changes that seemed to be universally appealing across the nation.

"I do strongly support the notion of retaining constitutional right, but I think this represents the will of most," she said.

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Selectman David Bayne noted that it was exactly one month after the Newtown tragedy, and said it was appropriate to pass the resolution last night.

"I think it's an important thing for the Board of Selectman to come out on record saying things need to change," Bayne said. "We can't have another Newtown, it just isn't acceptable in modern day society."

-- Megan Davis