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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.”

Robert Jochim January 04, 2013 at 11:59 AM
Evil people will always find ways of doing evil things. All this legislation will do is put a foot in the door towards additional legislation of hampering a citizen's God-given right to defend himself, his family, his property, and state.
Michael Brown January 04, 2013 at 02:24 PM
To the gun toting public: Looney is the dean of the State Senate. He knows how to get what he wants. This is obviously his first 'salvo' at guns in Connecticut. I predict sweeping changes to State gun laws. Alas, nothing will to happen on a Federal level.
DW January 04, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Talk about feather-bedding. If someone is able to obtain a gun illegally, it follows that they'll also be able to obtain ammunition illegally. Remember -- drugs are illegal and people find them every day. Gun control laws (or even ammo-control laws) aren't going to stop gun-related crimes.
Concerned Parent January 08, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Perhaps we should be focusing more on the ammunition vs. the weapon. Any weapon is useless without bullets...Limit and instate tight restrictions on "Ammunition"...Keep the guns...Guns don't kill...bullets do...

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