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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.”

Lisa Beth January 04, 2013 at 05:33 PM
No, every citizen does not have the right to bear arms. If one is a convicted felon one gives up that right. So, if one does not have a legal right to own a gun then why should one retain a legal right to ammunition? Your links are a trip, BTD CEO, I encourage everyone to read them and go to whois.com and find out who owns/runs the sites. Oh, yes you can find out just why it's 'ok' to break some laws if they're just kinda in your way....link #2. BTW, I don't live a mud hut because the liberal commie SOBs that built my house were paid a prevailing wage so they could make a living with their hands and support their families.
Ocean Breeze January 04, 2013 at 05:45 PM
It's not about the guns, where are the new laws to protect against the mentally ill or rapist or child molesters.... How about a new law 'an eye for an eye' if guilty instead of having evil sit in prison for 100 years.... The gun is not the evil it's humans who are the evil! The tragedies that happen all over the world is not always by guns...what about Oklahoma bombing, how many people dead there but we still have bomb making materials..what about the serial rapist or child molesters who kill.....what about 9/11, we had many security measures in place but seems like it still can be done.......our politicians jump to fast without taking time to think out what really needs to be done, instead say what the people want to hear 'at this moment'......
JWild January 04, 2013 at 06:01 PM
I am also a supporter for extremely harsh penalties for those who commit violent crimes, I believe our system of using the penal system for rehabilitation has failed. Evil people need to be put away or put down.
BTD CEO January 04, 2013 at 08:56 PM
If whois.com is so good try it on this addy and let me know who i am then: www.BoycottTheDay.com We will never agree, so have a nice Day.
John Martin January 10, 2013 at 04:29 PM
How about life in prison, no parole for crimes committed with an illegally possessed firearm? "Purchase or receive handgun without permit or eligibility certificate: class D felony, punishable by one to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000, or both." -CGS § 29-33 1 to 5 years and/or $5,000? And this is a deterrent how? It's ridiculous. Let's take a look at the non-violent people clogging up our prison system, find another way to deal with them, and make prisons a place to put the people whose behavior is such that society needs to be protected from them. The first step would be to make a crime with an illegal firearm a life sentence. No parole, no second chance, no exceptions or mitigation. This would make guns a very unpopular choice for the criminal element.

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