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.”

Cliff Cuming January 04, 2013 at 02:25 AM
And so it starts....
S Tadik January 04, 2013 at 06:52 AM
LOONEY LAW There are very good reasons to oppose this Looney law. It looks like you would need a background check every time you want to buy ammo, which seems to include bb’s or pellets for your air pistol or rifle. Here are just a few of many misdemeanors which would prevent ammunition sales: 30-88a MISREPRESENTING AGE TO OBTAIN LIQUOR 26-58 TAXIDERMY WITHOUT A LICENSE 22-362 PERMIT DOG ANNOYANCE ON HIGHWAY 9-236 ILLEGAL ACTS NEAR POLLING PLACE 21a-155 BREAD/PASTRY SALES VIOLATIONS 21-1 SELLING AT AUCTION WITHOUT A LICENSE 51-164r(a) FAIL TO RESPOND TO INFRACTION I support restrictions on gun shows, “assault rifles” and large magazine restrictions because these – at first glance – seem reasonable. If cities like New Haven and Bridgeport want to tighten the screws on their population, that’s O.K. with me but, in general, leave municipalities free to adopt state guns laws or not, depending on local needs. Low-crime suburbs and rural areas don’t need the same laws as cities. African-Americans, who largely live in cities and are victimized in greater numbers by violent felons may object to being disarmed. If we allow stupid laws like the Looney laws to be considered seriously by the legislature, I will be forced to support the NRA crazies instead of the progressive crazies so I can protect my family. What are you reps thinking? You call this responsible gun control? Repeat your high school civics classes and this time pay attention.
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