State Senate Majority Leader Marty Looney says the General Assembly may revisit some gun control initiatives saying, “We have some of the most restrictive laws in the country but there’s still more to do.” Looney said the bill to require the microstamping of bullets sold in Connecticut might come back.
“The microstamping of bullets would be a useful tool for law enforcement,” Looney said. “It would allow the tracing back of bullets used in a crime.” Looney has sponsored such a bill in the past “to get the discussion going.”
Gun control is the hot topic across the country since early Saturday a gunman massacred 12 people and wounded dozens of others, some critically in Colorado. Saturday, in Bridgeport, two people were shot and killed in unrelated incidents. One was a 15-year old girl. The subject dominated the Sunday talk shows.
Connecticut first banned assault weapons (like the one used in Colorado) in 1993. It was updated a few years ago. Looney says at every turn, the gun lobby came out in force. The 1993 assault weapon ban was a bipartisan effort and passed easily. Even so, he, then-Republican Sen. Bill Aniskovich and their spouses received death threats after it became law.
Looney realizes that even the toughest gun laws may not stop what happened in Colorado or Bridgeport. But at least, in Connecticut, a mad man can’t walk down the commercial strip and buy an assault weapon.