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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.”

James Bond January 03, 2013 at 09:47 PM
It's a start:)
Willy Atlas January 03, 2013 at 11:17 PM
STOP just STOP with these rediculous claims by gun advocates......... Do what is common sense, we need these kinds of regulations. A felon can sell ammunition to some one that can lead to a crime...COMMON SENSE. Americas' Constitiution is designed on purpose to be Vague so we can have the ability to amend it. This does not take away the second amendment....Connecticut, this is a time to become a leader in gun control it is in your hands, if not , then who? The very Gun Advocates that will loose thier profits from sales...Get a life.
REVMAN January 03, 2013 at 11:28 PM
It's a start????? You can never shoot a bullet out of the box,I always thought you needed a gun or someting along those lines.What a LOONEY sugestion.This is what it has come down to !!! Sen. LOONEY do you think a felon realy cares if the gun and the ammo he has are illegal ??? Time for you to retire that would make common sense.
Joel Mrosek January 03, 2013 at 11:33 PM
This fellow is aptly named. Another "do nothing, feel good" piece of legislation.
James Bond January 04, 2013 at 01:54 AM
It's a start and that's what Americans across the country are advocating.Keep up the good work Senator.
Voice of Reason January 05, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Sheesh I wish members of the legislature actually knew current laws! US Code already makes possession of ammunition illegal for felons or others that are barred from owning/possessing (or merely being around) firearms. Ironically enough I recall reading a case from earlier in 2012 of a Federal felony conviction for an Oklahoma man that had three rounds of .22 caliber ammunition in his possession. It's already a Federal charge, a State Prosecutor can turn the case over to the Feds for as little as one round of ammo or even components (for those barred from possession). Oh, and that Oklahoma man was facing ten years in a Federal jail for those three rounds. But don't fret folks. Our fearless leaders will save us from the loonies by using their common sense and vast knowledge. *sigh*
REVMAN January 05, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Voice > Your right we already have 20,000 gun laws in the country but bleeding heart liberal won't enforce them,and Malloy just got rid of the death penalty.Adam Lanza would not even have served life.
James Bond January 05, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Its winter how can the nuts be out so early?
Jon Crickmore January 05, 2013 at 11:55 PM
I love it when the liberals run loose in the mouth about things they know nothing about. It's all the more satisfying to see you silent. What's next making it illegal for drunks to have booze ? people without revoked licenses to have cars ? Yeah great start lol. Soon you will be asking overweight people to turn in the knife fork and spoon so you can feed them what you think is appropriate. Inanimate objects DON"T kill people. Scumbags kill people. With so much information at our fingertips i would think people would actually do some research before loosening their lips. Why don't constitution killers ask newspaper editors and news stations to show the stories of people saved everyday by legal guns. I personally emailed an editor of patch with a story about a gun owner saving a group of children at a sleep over from armed intruders. This happened within days of the CT shooting. Not only did the article NOT get posted i didn't get a response. People come out of the clouds. Your favorite news channels only tell you what they want you to hear. "You only follow until you lead"
James Bond January 06, 2013 at 02:30 AM
The proof!
Voice of Reason January 06, 2013 at 03:57 AM
@ Jon Crickmore. This article? http://www.examiner.com/article/armed-homeowner-shoots-intruders-while-children-have-sleepover "Firearms are used in self-defense approximately two million times each year. Thanks to the homeowner being armed and thinking quickly, the report was on a failed home invasion rather than a mass shooting at a child’s slumber party."
Jon Crickmore January 06, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Voice That is the story i was talking about. The one people choose to ignore. This must be the point where they move onto another subject like their fearless leader. "Governor Romney please continue"
REVMAN January 06, 2013 at 06:28 PM
James this is serious if you knew about ammo or guns you would never said its a start. At what!!!!
James Bond January 06, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Revman, O.K., lets be serious.The 2nd Admendment was written long ago by people who had an idea/opinion.They discussed and debated their various opinions on how the law should be written and came up with what we have today.Opinions like the times are changing and thus the interpretation of the 2nd Admendment may also be changing.Many here and on other posts site various links to prove their pro-gun point and have done so very well.My issue/opinion is that the 2nd Admendment has come to a point to be rethought.Not that it was wrong at the time it was written,but in accordance to how we live today.The type of weapons and other technologies that go with them were not designed for ordinary consumption by criminals or law obiding citizens like yourself.Just because it's my opinion and I have not linked to other sites dosen't make what I have to say irrational nor irrelevent.It's an opinion/idea,just like the men who wrote the Constitution started with many years ago.The start you ask about is how we veiw our world today and what we can do to make it better.
Joel Mrosek January 07, 2013 at 02:32 AM
So you are proposing a Constitutional amendment? That is the only avenue to address what you outlined above. Funny, we have a President who hasn't passed a budget since he was first inaugurated, even with a super majority in the Senate and control of the House. Partisan bickering that has lead to the addition of $7 trillion in debt and trillion dollar plus deficits as far as the eye can see and a downgrading of our credit. And you believe we will have any meaningful discussion leading towards a constitutional amendment? Connecticut has the fourth most restrictive gun laws in the country. It is time to stop looking at the easy answer and blaming inanimate objects. Connecticuts' school children deserve the same level of serenity that the kids at the Sidwell School get.
Jon Crickmore January 07, 2013 at 10:53 AM
James, As stated by Joel it's not the object that commits these crimes. It's the scum bags. Changing the constitution will only take away rights of law abiding citizens. Lets remember criminals don't follow the laws. Mental cases don't care what the law states. If making rules was the answer we would live in a much better world. I believe the world would be less safe if law abiding citizens lost the freedom to protect themselves and others from criminals with no regard to laws. The state of Connecticut has closed prisons cut back on the number of Correctional officers and has adopted a policy of letting scum bags out of prison that should be locked away. Lets look back at the murder of a family by 2 scumbags let out of prison early. Criminals have more rights then you and i have James. Lets look at New Haven. Last week there was a news story about giving paroled criminals access the section 8 housing when they are released from prison. They believe giving them free housing will help them to not re offend. Are you kidding me ? It will work as well as getting people off state aid while they use EBT cards at strip clubs and casinos. The constitution was written when people worked for what they needed, worked for there families and lived within their means. Now we live in a world where the government raises children pays the bills of able bodied people and creates free loaders. We need change but it's not the guns.
Remington January 08, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Why is it these mass shootings have occurred in the last 20 years when there have been more gun laws on the books? We have a mental health problem at the very least. Our violent crime rates are lower than those in countries where guns are banned. I for one don't want. To create more victims out women and elderly.
Jason Bell January 13, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Its ALREADY a Federal Law!! Educate yourself, take a gun safety course and then comment.
KC January 19, 2013 at 04:05 PM
The government can't take care of all of you. The police can't protect all of you. You MUST do that yourself. When you outlaw guns, only the outlaws will have guns. You'll only succeed in making a soft target even softer.
James Bond January 19, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Fear
Jon Crickmore January 20, 2013 at 10:48 AM
"Fear" is what politicians use to stand on the constitution. "Fear" is what the media uses to enhance a story. "Fear" is the only way liberals can justify their agenda. We (Responsible) gun owners had a very peaceful protest yesterday on the steps of the state capital. Together we sang the pledge of allegiance, we held a moment of silence for the innocent victims murdered by CRIMINALS, we thanked our military , we thanked our state and local police, and we used our 1st amendment right to save the 2nd amendment. We gathered peacefully we gathered responsibly and we gathered without "Fear"

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