Ammunition-Control Legislation Introduced in Connecticut General Assembly

In the wake of the Newtown shootings the first of what is likely to be numerous gun-related measures was introduced this week in the state legislature by a New Haven lawmaker.

State Sen. Martin Looney, D-New Haven, has introduced a measure to the Connecticut legislature that would make it illegal for anyone barred from owning a gun to own ammunition.

Looney, the state Senate's majority leader, told the New Haven Independent that such a prohibition is just common sense.

The state legislature has convened its first session of the new year and Looney's proposal is likely to be one of several filed by lawmakers in the wake of the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown that killed 20 young students and six women.

Other state and federal lawmakers have called for stricter gun controls following the Newtown shootings, though Looney's is the first formally proposed in Connecticut, the Independent reports.

His proposal would prohibit anyone convicted of a felony, a misdemeanor or those under a court-ordered restraining or protective from buying bullets, the website states.

The idea is already being criticized by the leader of one gun-advocacy group in the state. Rich Burgess of Connecticut Carry, told the Independent that Looney's proposal is politically motivated and "has nothing to do with stopping these kinds of madmen from committing heinous acts.”

Dave January 06, 2013 at 01:19 AM
When was the last time if ever Mr. Looney went to the range or even fired a weapon? All this wiil do is raise the price of ammo for law abiding sportsmen. As you don't need a permit to own a riffle or shotgun will that also change so you can get ammo for them/ This is not the way to go and only brings the politicians into the spot light as they wouldn't know the difference between the muzzle and the stock. Maybe any politician that wants to jump onto the gun control band wagon should first be required to go through the training and live fire requirements, and background checks that the law requires for current carry permit holders do. What part of shall not be infringed don't they understand? only law abiding citizens will be hurt by this type of legislation. Maybe they ought to go to a hunting course also.
Dave January 06, 2013 at 02:19 AM
By the way. It is a violation of federal law for a convicted felon to possess a firearm or ammo. So what"s the news here?
Tax Man January 06, 2013 at 02:40 AM
This what was posted in the Naugatuck Patch , I guess our elected leaders are not familiar with current laws then again not much at all given the states economics.... This is once again a waste of time as the Federal law already prohibits Felons from possessing ammunition.....18 U.S.C. § 922(g). and is punishable with a fine up to 250,000 and 10 years in jail
Dave January 06, 2013 at 04:38 AM
Looney is just grandstanding. Never let a good crisis go to waste.( Pg. 1 Democrat playbook.)
Fed Up January 06, 2013 at 01:47 PM
At least he is attempting to do something.GOP has said and done nothing.And this issue should not be turned into a political debate.People need to be practical about the gun control issue.Take your blinders off Dave.You are so blind to the real issue.
Dave January 06, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Attempting to do what reaffirm re-election. The law already exists and I am fully aware of what is going on around me. All this about background checks by the FBI and waiting periods exist in our state laws as well as strict gun bans here in Ct. We have very strict gun laws here right now. Where are the mental health treatment centers? No law will stop a criminal, but a strict and swift penalty may.
Joe Blow January 15, 2013 at 02:46 PM
More "feel good" politics that will accomplish nothing.


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