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.”

Voice of Reason January 08, 2013 at 06:29 PM
This article confuses. I read the actually Bill presented and it is directed to those that are Statutorily barred from firearms ownership. Doesn't sound like a bad thing but we already have this as a Federal regulation. States can turn cases over to Federal Court for a felony conviction for as little as possession of one round or even possession of components. Another case of Legislators acting without knowing laws and/or the topic. A waste of time when we can be looking at getting to the root of the problems.
joe January 10, 2013 at 02:48 PM
HERE HERE Lori, It lost past time these senators and congressmen take responsibility for there lack of any type of inprovement on our cities and country.
Lori Fogler Nicholson January 10, 2013 at 03:07 PM
I'd like to know what your definition of sanity is Ct. Mama. I worked at the connecticut general assembly and even though there has been a task force on domestic violence for years headed my mae flexor the number of incidents continue to rise on a yearly basis. All the talk in the world does not make for action or improvement. However politicians are great at earned media credit. Senator Looneys constituents are in worse shape than 99% of the rest of the country and yet he is elected year after year without any noticeable improvements. Is that sane behavior? I say hold the elected officials accountable. By the way I ran for state representative this past year and did put my neck out there in an attempt to improve our currant situation. I had hoped to win and would have gladly worked as hard and smart as possible to "improve" the lives of those I represent...not simply find any available camera and stand in front of it.
Lori Fogler Nicholson January 10, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Also...I agree with you gGace ...not everyone is fit to own a firearm nor should there be "access" to firearms in a household where an individual has demonstarted unstable behavior which has been documented. As I mentioned earlier , one of my dear freinds suffers from a mental disorder and when she experiences episodes I suspect that if a firearm were in the household she would either aim it at herself or at the voices she hears in the bushes. We need to have a conversation about mental illness if we are to "improve" the situation.
Mary January 12, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Looney indeed. Always attacking law abiding gun owners and giving criminals breaks.


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