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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.”

KMRE January 04, 2013 at 01:43 AM
If you do not have a gun permit there is no reason to buy/own ammunition. This should be a no brainer! Anyone that has an issue with it has less than legitimate use for ammo. It should also limit quantity to individuals who do not sell. Who really need to buy 100+ rounds??? Be a responsible gun owner like us!
Winston Bernard IV January 04, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Dumb idea.
KMRE January 04, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Dumb idea how Winston?
Lisa Buchman (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 02:02 AM
@Winston, is there any legislation you'd rather see? Some have suggested tagging ammo so it can be identified if used in a crime—possibly reducing crime-related shootings.
John Symon January 04, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Permits are only necessary to carry pistols. Permits are not necessary for rifles, just background checks. Therefore, this concept won't work....
Tax Man January 06, 2013 at 03:24 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 08, 2013 at 04:33 AM
@KMRE "Who really need (sic) to buy 100+ rounds???" I don't know... maybe to head to the range and practice for an afternoon? Before you start preaching, it might be helpful to have at least some idea what you are talking about.

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