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.”

Observor January 03, 2013 at 02:58 PM
How stupid. What is someone going to do with ammunition if they don't have a gun, throw it at somebody? The obvious implication is what anyone who is being honest will admit: The laws we have now that prohibit certain people from having guns are useless. Dannel Malloy's son was a convicted felon when he attempted to commit an armed robbery. Does Looney seriously think that criminals will acquire guns illegally and then stop by Cabela's for a box of shells? Political grandstanding. Bunkum for his constituents to keep him from addressing what we really need, an overhaul of laws regarding civil commitments. That, however, would mean offending left-leaning civil liberties organizations - the same people who filled city streets with mentally ill homeless people who now suffer needlessly - when they cleaned out the mental hospitals.
Ex-Democrat January 03, 2013 at 04:06 PM
What is really common sense is that if a criminal has ammunition it means he also has a gun which is already illegal. What is really common sense is when criminals just laugh at looney for saying they cant have a gun they are just going to laugh at him some more when he says they cant have the ammo for the gun. What is really common sense is that if a criminal is arrested with illegal ammo the lawyers will just throw illegal ammo charges into the trash to get the criminal to plea bargain to some worse crime he was committing when he was arrested. What is really common sense is that we now have to scratch our heads while figuring out how the heck this would even stop school children from being slaughtered which is supposed to be the whole reason why these gun laws are coming out of the wood work to begin with. Is he just sneaking his own personal beef against guns into the mix while the iron is hot or did i just answer my own question? What would really be common sense is a law prohibiting democrats from using words like common sense to get us to swallow their propaganda when there isnt a microbe of common sense in the whole thing. It is no different from saying they want to officially make murder super duper illegal because just being illegal isn't illegal enough. Good grief we need to vote out all the characters who come up with this crap and start over. That would be the best common sense of all.
Irene Haines January 04, 2013 at 01:21 PM
I think we need to come up with a solution that has the potential to make the world a safer place and put it in place right away. And if we need to tweak it, make it stricter or patch loopholes in it, we get it done. It may just deter the next senseless killing. Get it done!!! Now!!!
East Haddam Resident January 04, 2013 at 04:30 PM
How about punishing criminals. This will make the next guy think twice. Like the nut case in the colorado movie theather why is he still alive. We know he did it so exicute him and I dont mean nice and peaceful leathal injection. I mean EXECUTE HIM! Make his death publicly known, make an exame of him so the next nut case will think twice. All these nuts know is how they get rewarded for kiling in there video games. They dont now any punishment. This nut in Newtown got off easy with a bullet to the head. They should have draged his worthless body through the streets.
Observor January 06, 2013 at 10:05 PM
"It may just deter the next senseless killing." "Senseless" and "deter" do not go together, Irene. Nothing will deter a madman. We need madman control, not gun control.
Observor January 06, 2013 at 10:08 PM
"Make his death publicly known, make an exame of him so the next nut case will think twice." I say to you basically the same thing I said to Irene: Nutcases don't even think once, so trying to get one to think twice is pointless. Let's revisit how we deal with nutcases before the fact, not after.


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