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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.”

Jim Grzesiak January 04, 2013 at 11:18 PM
I certainly hope Mr. Looney feels good about this legislation he's proposed, which I'm sure will help him sleep well at night. But in reality, which Mr. Looney is obviously not part of, what makes him think a criminal (felon), in possession of an illegal handgun (probably stolen), is going to follow the law by not possessing ammunition? These is a reason these people are called criminals! They don't follow the laws! Mr. Looney, please stop screwing law abiding citizens and start getting the criminal justice system to do their job and put these thugs behind bars where they belong! And stop handing out early release cookies too! Look into the mental health system and tighten up some things there! Don't blame the gun, blame the person using it! Just my opinion.

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