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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.”

A Tolland Resident January 03, 2013 at 09:50 PM
This proposal will do nothing to stop something like Newtown from happening again. This is an example of a politician just trying to get his name in the paper.
Bert January 04, 2013 at 12:04 AM
This is one more measure that will make it difficult for someone who should not have a gun but has one, to use it. It may take a series of small pieces of legislation, like this one, to get some meaningful controls in place. If it slows down even one maniac from shooting someone, it is worth the exercise.
Enfield, CT Resident January 04, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Loony is most aptly named politician in the CT State Senate. He's been pushing laws that will not affect those who would flaunt the law but, rather, impact those who have and will obey the myriad of CT firearm's laws. Passing more gun laws will not do anything, enforcing those already on the books will.
Maria Giannuzzi January 04, 2013 at 10:23 AM
A kneejerk reaction to any gun control proposal does not enhance your credibility, Enfield and Tolland. Perhaps you should think about the particulars of the proposed bill before commenting. Your comments reveal that you are both uninformed and unreasonable. You are actually helping the cause of those individuals and groups who want even greater control.
Bob S January 04, 2013 at 11:58 AM
If a person has a gun illegally, they know the "proper" people to get ammo illegally anyways, so what good does this law do? The Newtown incident wouldn't have been prevented with this law, and I cannot think of how it would would actually work. Connecticut has laws for not talking on a cell phone while driving, yet 2 out of every 5 cars has someone either talking or texting while driving.
jmf January 04, 2013 at 12:27 PM
How are these laws going to stop the illegal gun owner from getting an illegal clip? We can't stop illegal drugs with all of the drug laws on the books. We can't stop those that illegally take cars with suspended licenses. We can't even seem to stop people from illegal cell phone use. So we'll have another law on the books that does zippo to stop illegal activity - all because, yet another politician, doesn't "get it."
Anthony January 04, 2013 at 12:37 PM
The illegality of drugs has really curbed the use of them, now hasn't it? Why do people think stricter gun control laws will change anything, if people want a particular gun or in this case ammo they will get it. Also I find it comical that Maria is calling people uninformed and unreasonable when in reality she is the one who is uninformed.
Samantha Theriaque January 04, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Think of "Society" as any given child in the US.If you give this child too many restrictions,the child will rebel.You give this child too much leeway, & the child will step on you.Society needs to have a balance of rights,just as a child would.Without balance,this world will be chaotic.So instead of new laws,how about ENFORCING the laws already in place.Build more & bigger prisons,so everyone that deserves their sentence,will.Stop letting them out on good behavior because they've been a "good boy".Build more & bigger institutions/rehab facilities,so EVERYONE who needs help can receive it,so no one will be turned away because there isn't enough space.These are just 2 ideas the gov't could put their money to,instead of trying to make more restrictions on a society that is already stressed to the max. This world will come to end, but not from earthquakes,tsunami's,or tornados. It will come by bringing it upon ourselves with war.The biggest problems in Society:GREED, SELFISHNESS, & LACK OF COMMON SENSE. The biggest problems in the GOV:GREED, SELFISHNESS, LACK OF COMMON SENSE & my all time favorite SPENDING MONEY ON SAVING OTHER COUNTRIES WHEN WE HAVE OUR OWN PEOPLE TO SAVE. Maybe we should start with those problems and see where we stand after that.I could give 2 Sh**s about the gun laws, but I am also mature/smart enough to know that more laws aren't going to do anything for any of the tragedies that happened last year.
Peter morgan January 04, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Looney is this guys name and also his thought process. This guy is known for his moronic legislation.
cmmj January 04, 2013 at 03:41 PM
any law is better than no law....
Sam January 04, 2013 at 03:58 PM
These people who want these stricter gun laws really dont have a clue. From reading some of the other articles and comments, these anti gun people are really out of touch with reality if they think they can stop gun crime by making it harder for "law abiding citizens" to purchase guns and ammo. These pollititions who are jumping on this band wagon now to get their names in the paper and on the evening news are just foolish if they really think this will stop the flow of guns to our nations criminal element. Our nations "anti drug laws" are a perfect example of this not working. Criminals, wackos and maniacs will always find ways to purchase guns and ammo. If you outlaw legal gun owner ship in this country, then illegal ones will just be smuggled in just like all the other contraband that comes into this country now. The only thing that stricter gun laws will do is make it harder for law abiding citizens to protect themselves form these criminals and idiots who will still have weapons. Those of you that believe in stricter gun laws are the answer, if you get your stricter gun laws all you will be doing is just make it easier for criminals to take advantage of law abiding citizens.
cmmj January 04, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Do you really need a military-style, semi-automatic Bushmaster rifle to protect yourself?
cmmj January 04, 2013 at 04:24 PM
it's about gun control not outlawing guns
IRTURONG January 04, 2013 at 04:29 PM
from an over intrusive govt., I do. do you need a 3000 sq ft home or an oversized suv so you feel safe on the highways.box cutters and airplanes created more havoc in this country than a bushmaster ever did
IRTURONG January 04, 2013 at 04:38 PM
over 600 laws on the books right now,how many would satisfy the govt.
Maria Giannuzzi January 04, 2013 at 04:44 PM
In the 1980s the big tobacco companies hired advertising agencies to carry out sophisticated lobbying campaigns targeted at smokers. The agencies' efforts were directed at convincing smokers that they needed to protect their "rights" from interference by politicians. The agencies developed standardized materials (letters to the editor, etc.) that could be used by smokers to send to the media and politicians protesting state and federal legislation restricting tobacco use and increasing tobacco taxes. After seeing the same statements being posted time and again by those opposed to "any" new gun control measures, I thought I would visit the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action website. I found that many of the statements of gun control opponents mirror the thinking (and even the language) on the ILA website. The NRA even recruits volunteers and activists to help get their message out to the general public and politcians. Their activist centers are typically gun stores. Now, I know that not everyone who opposes gun control legislation is a member or supporter of the NRA, but I would urge everyone to view the NRA ILA website to understand the political influence the NRA has in this country and judge for themselves.
Sam January 04, 2013 at 05:30 PM
I am not a member of the NRA but I am thankful there are orginizations like this in our country lobbying for our rights, because otherwise you liberals would let the goverment take away all our rights. I am sure once liberal gun control ativists get all your gun control laws in place and maybe you will be lucky and even get some dumb ass pollitions to maybe ban certain guns. I am sure once you do this, that the criminal element in our society will lay down their guns and abide by all this gun control and then crime will cease to exist here in the United States. Am I right? Damn you people who think this are so damn foolish.
cmmj January 04, 2013 at 05:58 PM
I agee. totally with IRTURONG but we need to outlaw those guns for the children and our children
cmmj January 04, 2013 at 06:02 PM
all guns are not created equal and should not be treated like they are.
cmmj January 04, 2013 at 06:05 PM
but I don't agree with Joe Shmoe being able to run down to Cabela's to buy a weapon that could kill a mass of people in 10 min.
IRTURONG January 04, 2013 at 06:14 PM
a criminal will achieve his goal by any means available,kerosene and fertilizer in a rental truck or a pair of hands to the back near a subway train.the govt. is incapable of controlling all eventuallities
Sam January 04, 2013 at 06:36 PM
They are basically the same thing. Because once you allow control to start where does it stop.
Old Quartermaster January 05, 2013 at 03:18 AM
There are laws in CT that address the issue of safe storage of firearms. Had the firearms used been a a safe that was not accessable to a disturbed young man there would have been no shooting.
H Tuttle January 05, 2013 at 06:30 PM
>>but I don't agree with Joe Shmoe being able to run down to Cabela's to buy a weapon that could kill a mass of people in 10 min.<< I don't agree that Joe Shmoe Politician should in 10 min be able to take fundamental rights away, our money or make felons of decent, hard working people.
Jp January 06, 2013 at 05:56 AM
Make a Sensible law. Everyone who ones a gun is required to have a safe for the guns. The Connecticut shootings would not ever happened if the guns were locked up in a safe. It is easy to blame stores for selling guns. Anyone over the age of sixteen can drive a car. How many cars kill people. We should ban selling cars in that case. People kill people guns are a tool just like a car. Have a real law every gun owner must have a required safe for there guns. Politicians need to wake up and start thinking. Talk to experts like the NRA and other Gun organizations. They would love to help.
John Dolle January 06, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Edgara, you are a tigress. Keep those claws sharp. Happy New Year!

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