Ammo-Control Proposed in Legislature

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.”

Chris Noe January 04, 2013 at 01:46 PM
It is tragic that a mother who was fully aware of her son's mental illness did not secure her firearms. Her son used these guns to killer her, himself and others This newly proposed unenforceable law would do absolutely nothing to prevent another Newtown.
Andrew Cox January 05, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Is there some sort of competition in CT right now to propose the DUMBEST legislation possible? What is the purpose of prohibiting someone to own ammunition who is ALREADY PROHIBITED TO OWN GUNS?
Siwanoy January 05, 2013 at 03:01 PM
It's illegal for someone under the age of 21 to possess alcohol and they are already prohibited from buying it. Should that be changed so that if a cop comes up to a group of kids under the age of 21 with 30 racks and handles of vodka on them the cop can't do anything and just lets them go on their way since they aren't breaking the law? So when a cop who pulls someone over who is barred from owning a gun and notices they have rounds and rounds of ammunition in their trunk, he should just let them keep on going about their business right?
Tax Man January 06, 2013 at 03:30 AM
This is once again a waste of time as the Federal law already prohibits Felons from possessing ammunition.....18 U.S.C. § 922(g). and is punishable with a fine up to 250,000 and 10 years in jail.
Andrew Cox January 07, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Siwanoy, see Tax Man's comment below... It's already a felony!


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