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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.”

Rashomon January 04, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Our tax payer dollars at work. Would it not be smarter to ban large capacity magazines and/or assault weapons altogether? There's not a lot we can do to stop these senseless murders but making it harder for somebody to get the tools necessary to commit them would be a good start. Looking at violent video games might also be useful so people don't become so disconnected from reality.
Sue Polaski January 04, 2013 at 03:41 PM
If they can't possess a gun, owning ammunition will be used for......??? You afraid they are going to throw it at people perhaps? Enlighten me please! The better thing to do would be to work productively not like this!
Dan Gaita January 04, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Can anyone please confirm or deny the following rumor: 1. Lanza, after killing his mother, drove to Newtown High School first. He was questioned at the High Schools FRONT GATE, at the same time a POLICE CAR was at the High School too. Lanza then left the High School and we all know what happened then..... If this rumor is true, it would seem that the measures already in place at the high school were an effective deterrent? Again, this is a rumor that I have been unable to have confirmed by any official conducting the investigation. Another rumor that I can not confirm is that the initial call to emergency services that day was of gun shots fired at the High School? When will a detailed report of the investigation be available?
Dan Gaita January 04, 2013 at 05:54 PM
http://bethel.patch.com/blog_posts/gun-control-common-sense-solutions-do-exist
Rashomon January 04, 2013 at 07:17 PM
All good points - I wonder what the issue is and why they don't just get it done (rhetorical question of course - we continue to elect fools)? I liked this as well -http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8QjZY3WiO9s#! when people start talking about armed teachers.
Rashomon January 04, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Why such a halfhearted effort though? Why not ammunition for the unlicensed & high capacity magazines for everyone? Why not actually do something that might make a difference?
Bill Hillman January 05, 2013 at 01:48 AM
a criminal wont care about an ammunition ban, and someone who does not own a gun has no need to buy ammunition, so this is pandering and positioning, he name is "Looney", right?

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