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New laws take effect in Connecticut today

Several new laws take effect in Connecticut today. One extends certain benefits to veterans who were were discharged under conditions other than honorable or for bad conduct and have a qualifying condition, which means a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or a military sexual trauma experience.  Under prior law, these benefits were only available to veterans who were honorably discharged or released under honorable conditions from active service.


E-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems or vapor products must now be kept behind the counter in Connecticut.  A new law took effect today that prohibits sales through self-service displays.  There is an exception for establishments that prohibit minors from entering.  Existing law, unchanged by the act, prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.


A ban on bump stocks is among the new laws.  It is now punishable by up to five years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine, for anyone to sell, purchase, possess or manufacture a device that enables a gun to fire like an automatic weapon. The new law includes some exceptions, such as for certain military personnel.

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