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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.”

Voice of Reason January 04, 2013 at 02:35 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*
Sean M January 04, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Most people who support gun control have never fired let alone own a firearm. The one thing that would most likely stop school shootings is getting rid of gun free zones. Arming school personnel is a different matter. Simply stop telling the public there are no guns allowed at schools. This issue is black and white as they come. I do not fathom why so many do not get this. The proposals going around either solve nothing or violate other rights. Taking guns that were lawfully purchased without compensation is a violation of the Constitution. Government cannot simply just take private property. The ammo ban and the like was tried before and never made it to the floor. I believe Governor Rell was in at the time. Malloy is as anti-American as they come, including anti-2nd Amendment and against the CT Constitution. The Democrat Party has become the anti-America party. Every major platform item is against everything America has stood for.
Tax Man January 06, 2013 at 03:26 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.

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