HARTFORD - Lawmakers and Newtown residents rallied for stricter federal gun control on the steps of City Hall in Hartford today.

The demonstrations come a day after Gov. Dannel Malloy signed new state gun control legislation into law. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says banning illegal gun trafficking is key, as is strengthening school safety.

Protesters also called for a nationwide ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as a mental health initiative.

Some in attendance were in disagreement, however, admitting they're not fully on board with the mission.

Legislators will head back to Washington next week to begin work on the measures.