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Posted by Jonathan at 8 August 2015

Category: CT Legislation

Here is a link to the full PDF of the public act.

Essentially, this is the information sharing portion of the new laws between parole officers and access to the state firearms database.  There is language pertaining to “official duties”, but at a quick glance, I didn’t see any penalties for improper use of said information.

Posted by Jonathan at 23 February 2013

Category: CT Legislation

Here is an interesting tidbit from the Office of Legislative Research.  It breaks down the massive list of bills received as of the beginning of the month.  A few have been submitted since then as well, but this gives you an idea of the insanity.

 

OLR Research Report

 

 

February 6, 2013 2013-R-0118
GUN-RELATED BILLS
By: Christopher Reinhart, Chief Attorney

You asked us (1) for a list of gun-related bills proposed this session and their sponsors and (2) to list the bills by category.

SUMMARY

We identified 90 gun-related bills proposed as of January 30, 2013. We divided these bills into the following categories (many bills contain provisions that overlap multiple categories):

1. Ammunition (22 bills),

2. Assault Weapons (15 bills),

3. Crimes/Sentencing (15 bills),

4. Insurance/Liability (five bills),

5. Permits and Eligibility Certificates (24 bills),

6. Registries (seven bills),

7. Storage (nine bills),

8. Transactions (29 bills), and

9. Other (eight bills).

Table 1 shows the bills in each category by number, title, and introducing legislators (not including any other sponsors). We briefly summarize each bill only once under the category most relevant to its provisions. At the end of each category, we list bills with relevant provisions that are listed in other categories. We did not include bills related to hunting, mental health, school security, or violent crime unless the bills specifically address use of guns.

For more information on Connecticut gun laws and terms used in this report, see OLR Report 2013-R-0001.

2013 GUN-RELATED PROPOSED BILLS

Table 1: Gun-Related Proposed Bills as of January 30, 2013,

By Category, with Title, Subject, and Introducing Legislator

 

BILL TITLE SUMMARY INTRODUCER
AMMUNITION
42 AAC THE CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION Prohibits a person who cannot possess a firearm from possessing ammunition Sen. Looney
124 AA BANNING LARGE CAPACITY AMMUNITION MAGAZINES Prohibits the possession of certain ammunition feeding devices that accept more than 10 rounds Sens. LeBeau, McKinney
161 AAC THE REDUCTION OF GUN VIOLENCE

● Prohibits the possession of certain ammunition feeding devices that accept more than 10 rounds

● Designates as an assault weapon a rifle that has one, rather than two, of the features currently required

● Requires a permit for any rifle with a pistol grip

● Exempts from these provisions certain firearms that are curios or relics

● Requires a person to obtain a permit to purchase ammunition and prohibits the purchase of ammunition by anyone not legally authorized to possess a firearm

● Prohibits the purchase of ammunition through the Internet

● Prohibits the storage of any firearm, rather than only a loaded firearm, in a manner that allows access to a minor; extends this provision to minors under age 18 instead of 16; and applies it to storage of ammunition

● Requires individuals to register all firearms with state law enforcement officials with biennial renewal

Sen. Bye, Rep. Godfrey
540 AAC LARGE CAPACITY GUN MAGAZINES Limits the number of bullets one gun magazine can hold Sen. Ayala
608 AA PROHIBITING THE POSSESSION, IMPORTATION, TRANSFER OR SALE OF CERTAIN TYPES OF UNREASONABLY DANGEROUS AMMUNITION Prohibits the possession, importation, transfer, or sale of all armor piercing and incendiary bullets, rather than only .50 caliber bullets Sen. Looney
613 AAC GUN VIOLENCE

● Prohibits the sale and possession of large ammunition magazines

● Establishes permit requirements for ammunition purchases

● Alters the definition of assault weapon

● Establishes stricter standards for pistol and revolver permits and purchases

● Establishes a gun offender registry

Sens. Looney and Harp; Reps. Candelaria, Dillon, Holder-Winfield, Lemar, Megna, and Walker
676 AAC LARGE CAPACITY FIREARM MAGAZINES AND SIMILAR DEVICES Prohibits the possession, sale, transfer, or importation of any device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition Sen. Looney
781 AA REQUIRING PRESENTATION OF A STATE PISTOL OR REVOLVER PERMIT TO PURCHASE AMMUNITION Requires a person to present a valid, state-issued permit to carry a pistol or revolver in order to purchase ammunition Sen. Looney
5651 AAC THE PURCHASE OR POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION Prohibits those who cannot possess a firearm from purchasing or possessing ammunition Rep. Hwang
5935 AAC THE PURCHASE AND STORAGE OF FIREARMS

● Requires mental health screening of individuals seeking to purchase firearms and their immediate family members sharing a residence

● Requires firearm target ranges to have secure locking cases or safes for storing semiautomatic firearms and assault rifles

● Requires firearm owners to have secure locking cases or safes for their firearms when not in use

● Requires any firearm not being carried to be stored at a target range or at the owner’s home in a secure locking case or safe

● Prohibits the purchase, sale, use, and transfer of magazines holding more than seven rounds

● Establishes a task force of legal scholars and jurists to examine the meaning of a “well-regulated militia” and report to the General Assembly on a proposed definition

● Requires a criminal background check of ammunition purchasers

● Prohibits the purchase of a firearm by a person convicted of cruelty to animals

Rep. Fleischmann
5949 AAC POSSESSION OF CERTAIN AMMUNITION FEEDING DEVICES Prohibits the possession of certain ammunition feeding devices that accept more than 10 rounds Rep. O’Neill
5950 AA REDUCING THE INCIDENCE OF GUN VIOLENCE

● Prohibits the possession of certain ammunition feeding devices accepting more than 10 rounds

● Designates a semiautomatic rifle as an assault weapon if it has only one, instead of two, of the features required by current law

● Requires a permit for any rifle with a pistol grip

● Exempts certain firearms that are curios or relics from these provisions

● Requires a permit to purchase ammunition and prohibits the purchase by anyone not legally authorized to possess a firearm

● Prohibits the purchase of ammunition through the Internet

● Prohibits the storage of any firearm, rather than only a loaded firearm, in a manner that allows access to a minor; extends this provision to minors under age 18 instead of 16; and applies it to storage of ammunition

● Requires individuals to register all firearms with law enforcement and renew biennially

Rep. Godfrey, Sen. Bye
5955 AAC THE SALE AND MANUFACTURE OF CERTAIN FIREARM MAGAZINES Prohibits the sale or manufacture of magazines with a capacity of 10 rounds or greater except for military or police purposes Reps. Grogins, Fawcett
6246 AAC THE SALE OF AMMUNITION FOR A PISTOL OR REVOLVER Prohibits the sale of ammunition for a pistol or revolver unless the buyer has a valid permit to carry a pistol or revolver or a valid eligibility certificate Reps. Grogins, Fawcett
The following categories also contain bills with provisions on ammunition:

Assault Weapons—5647, 6215

Crimes/Sentencing—122

Permits and Eligibility Certificates—6249, 6260

Transactions—1, 5951, 6216

ASSAULT WEAPONS
501 AAC THE BAN ON ASSAULT WEAPONS Expands the assault weapon ban to include additional weapons Sen. Ayala
601 AAC THE DEFINITION OF ASSAULT WEAPON Expands the definition of assault weapon by (1) altering the physical characteristics of an assault weapon, (2) including “copycat” or functional equivalents of weapons named as assault weapons, and (3) naming additional weapons and their equivalents Sen. Looney
742 AAC REBUILT ASSAULT WEAPONS Prohibits a person from bypassing the assault weapons ban by rebuilding, with updated parts, an assault weapon that is exempt from the ban because it was lawfully possessed prior to October 1, 1993 Sen. McLachlan
5647 AAC HIGH CAPACITY FIREARMS

● Prohibits the possession of fully automatic or semiautomatic assault weapons except by peace officers and armed forces member

● Prohibits the possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds

● Provides fair compensation to owners of banned weapons (presumably if required to surrender the weapons after they are banned)

Rep. Mushinsky
5953 AAC THE PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF AN ASSAULT WEAPON Increases the penalty for illegal possession of an assault weapon from a class D felony to a class C felony Rep. Candelaria
5954 AAC THE POSSESSION OF SEMIAUTOMATIC FIREARMS WITH FIXED MAGAZINE CAPACITIES OF OVER TEN ROUNDS Prohibits the possession of a semiautomatic firearm with a fixed magazine capacity of over 10 rounds Rep. O’Neill
6215 AA LIMITING THE POSSESSION OF ASSAULT WEAPONS AND HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES Limits ownership of automatic and semiautomatic assault weapons and high capacity magazines to sworn members of law enforcement, active armed forces members, and members of shooting clubs that agree to monitor use Rep. Mushinsky
The following categories also contain bills with provisions on assault weapons:

Ammunition—161, 613, 5950

Crimes/Sentencing—495

Insurance/Liability—6261

Permits and Eligibility Certificates—6260

Transactions—1, 6216

CRIMES/SENTENCING
122 AAC RESTRICTIONS ON GUN USE Establishes a class C felony, except for certain military and law enforcement personnel and certain gun clubs, for (1) purchasing, transferring, transporting, possessing, or using a gun except one made to fire a single round; (2) firing a gun containing more than a single round; (3) receiving from another jurisdiction a gun made to fire multiple rounds; or (4) purchasing, transferring, transporting, or possessing a magazine or clip capable of holding more than one round Sen. Meyer
495 AAC COMMISSION OF CERTAIN FELONIES WITH A FIREARM OR ASSAULT WEAPON Increases the penalty for committing a class A, B, or C felony with a firearm or assault weapon Sen. Bartolomeo; Reps. Abercrombie, Altobello, Fawcett
496 AA PROHIBITING THE AWARD OF RISK REDUCTION CREDIT TOWARD A REDUCTION IN SENTENCE FOR A CRIME COMMITTED WITH A FIREARM Prohibits any person sentenced for a crime involving use of a firearm from earning risk reduction credits to reduce a prison sentence Sen. Kissel
612 AAC THE PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OR TRANSFER OF A FIREARM Increases the penalty for the illegal possession of a firearm or illegal transfer of a firearm to a person not eligible to possess one Sen. Frantz
615 AA PROHIBITING THE DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS NEAR PRIVATE RESIDENCES Establishes a criminal penalty for discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a private residence Sen. Guglielmo
679 AAC THE PENALTY FOR FALSE STATEMENT OR INFORMATION IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OR TRANSFER OF FIREARMS Increases the penalty for making a false statement or giving false information connected with the transfer of a firearm Sen. Kissel
740 AA INCREASING THE PENALTIES FOR STRAW PURCHASES OF FIREARMS Increases the penalties for purchasing a firearm with the intent to transfer it to someone the transferor knows or has reason to believe is prohibited from purchasing or possessing it Sen. Bartolomeo; Reps. Abercrombie, Altobello, Fawcett, Fritz, Lesser, and Mushinsky
743 AAC CRIMES COMMITTED WITH FIREARMS For crimes committed with a firearm, increases, by 25%, the sentence applicable to the underlying crime Sen. Frantz
5269 AA INCREASING THE PENALTY FOR CRIMINAL USE OF A FIREARM OR ELECTRONIC DEFENSE WEAPON Increases the penalty for criminal use of a firearm or electronic defense weapon from a class D to a class C felony Rep. Sampson
5656 AAC THE PENALTY FOR A CRIME COMMITTED WITH A FIREARM Increases the mandatory minimum prison sentence for a person who, in the commission of a crime, uses, threatens to use, displays, or purports to have a firearm Rep. Mikutel
5676 AA INCREASING THE MINIMUM PENALTY FOR ILLEGALLY SELLING OR POSSESSING A FIREARM Increases the minimum penalties for illegally selling or possessing a firearm Reps. Cafero, Candelora, Klarides
5952 AAC THE PENALTY FOR CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM OR ELECTRONIC DEFENSE WEAPON Increases the penalty for criminal possession of a firearm or electronic defense weapon from a class D felony to a class C felony Rep. Sampson
6134 AAC THE EARNED RISK REDUCTION CREDIT PROGRAM Prohibits a person convicted of certain crimes, including several crimes involving firearms such as 1st degree manslaughter with a firearm, from earning these credits to reduce a person’s sentence Reps. Cafero, Candelora, Klarides
The following categories also contain bills with provisions on crimes/sentencing:

Assault Weapons—5953

Permits and Eligibility Certificates—6249

INSURANCE/LIABILITY
140 AAC LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR FIREARM OWNERS AND SALES TAX ON AMMUNITION

● Requires firearm owners to maintain liability insurance

● Establishes a sales tax on the sale of ammunition at a rate of 50% on the entire sales price, except for sales at a firing or shooting range for use at the range during the same visit as the purchase

Sen. Bye, Rep. Godfrey
5268 AA REQUIRING THE MAINTENANCE OF LIABILITY INSURANCE BY FIREARM OWNERS AND ESTABLISHING A SALES TAX ON AMMUNITION

● Requires firearm owners to maintain liability insurance

● Establishes a sales tax on the sale of ammunition at a rate of 50% on the entire sales price, except for sales at a firing or shooting range for use at the range during the same visit as the purchase

Sen. Bye, Rep. Godfrey
5452 AA REQUIRING GUN OWNERS TO CARRY LIABILITY INSURANCE Requires (1) someone seeking to purchase a firearm or ammunition to acquire an insurance policy and present proof of insurance to a firearm dealer, including a licensed gun dealer at a gun show and (2) current firearm owners to obtain insurance Rep. Ritter
5660 AAC IMMUNITY FROM LIABILITY FOR HARM CAUSED TO AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS COMMITTING VIOLENT ACTS AGAINST OTHERS WHILE ON SCHOOL PROPERTY Provides that no person shall be liable for an injury that he or she causes to another person who is in the process of committing violent acts against others in a gun-free school zone Rep. Miner
6261 AAC LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO ASSAULT WEAPONS AND FIREARMS Provides civil and criminal liability for property damage or personal injury resulting from:

● failure to report the loss or theft of an assault weapon or firearm or

● providing access to an assault weapon or firearm or transferring one to someone known to be ineligible to possess it

Rep. Buck-Taylor
PERMITS AND ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATES
377 AAC THE SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION OF PISTOL PERMITS Suspends or revokes a permit to carry a pistol or revolver after an arrest for operating a motor vehicle under the influence Sen. Looney
606 AAC APPLICATION CRITERIA FOR A PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER Prohibits a person from obtaining a permit to carry a pistol or revolver if he or she was confined in a hospital for persons with psychiatric disabilities within the last 60, instead of the last 12, months as currently required Sen. Looney
607 AAC APPLICATION FOR A TEMPORARY PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER Requires an individual who applies for a temporary permit to carry a pistol or revolver to apply to the local authority in the person’s town of permanent residence and limits applications to once every 12 months Sen. Looney
611 AAC THE FEE FOR ISSUANCE AND RENEWAL OF A STATE PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER

● Increases the fee for a permit to carry a pistol or revolver to $300, with $150 retained by the local authority

● Increases the permit renewal fee to $150

Sen. Looney
710 AAC PERMITS FOR GUN SHOWS Creates a gun show permit Sen. Looney
739 AAC THE APPEAL OF FIREARMS PERMITTING DECISIONS Eliminates the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners and allows appeals to Superior Court after a (1) refusal to issue or renew a firearm permit or certificate, (2) limitation or revocation of one, or (3) refusal or failure to furnish an application Sen. Looney
780 AAC SUITABILITY FOR A PISTOL OR REVOLVER PERMIT

● Defines the terms “suitable person” and “suitability” for purposes of pistol and revolver permit eligibility

● Gives local authorities 12 weeks to act on permit applications

● Allows local authorities to require applicants to consent to the release of documents or evidence the authorities reasonably believe will assist in a suitability determination

● Allows local authorities to consider certain factors related to suitability for a permit including psychiatric disabilities, attempted suicide or harm to self, participation or alleged participation in crimes involving violence or the use of a firearm, arrests or convictions or other involvement with controlled substances, criminal arrests and convictions, association with people ineligible for pistol or revolver permits, military service record, incidents of workplace violence, protective or restraining orders or foreign orders of protection issued against the applicant, and allegations of or conviction for cruelty to animals

Sen. Looney
5112 AAC THE DISCLOSURE OF THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PERSONS HOLDING HANDGUN PERMITS Eliminates the exemption from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act for names and addresses of holders of permits to sell or carry a pistol or revolver or an eligibility certificate for a pistol or revolver Rep. Dargan
5176 AAC THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR A TEMPORARY STATE PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER Requires an applicant for a temporary state permit to carry a pistol or revolver to provide:

● a complete and notarized application on the prescribed form that cannot be modified or supplemented with additional forms,

● proof of lawful presence in the United States,

● a signed certificate of successful completion of a safety course, and

● two sets of fingerprints

Rep. Sampson
5956 AAC RENEWAL OF PISTOL AND REVOLVER PERMITS Requires a renewal of permits to carry a pistol or revolver and eligibility certificates every two, rather than every five, years Reps. Grogins, Fawcett
6129 AAC ELIGIBILITY TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER Extends, from 12 to 36 months, the disqualification period for carrying a pistol or revolver due to confinement in a hospital for persons with psychiatric disabilities under a probate court order Reps. Cafero, Candelora, Klarides
6161 AAC INELIGIBILITY FOR A PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER

● Prohibits a person from obtaining a permit to carry a pistol or revolver if he or she was confined in a hospital for persons with psychiatric disabilities within the last 24, instead of the last 12, months

● Expands the prohibition to include any hospitalization and not just those ordered by a probate court

Rep. Miner
6162 AAC INELIGIBILITY FOR A PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER BASED ON A PRIOR HOSPITALIZATION

● Prohibits a person from obtaining a permit to carry a pistol or revolver due to confinement in a hospital for persons with psychiatric disabilities within the last 24, instead of the last 12, months

● Expands the prohibition to include any hospitalization and not just those ordered by a probate court

● Expands the prohibition to include any hospitalization of a person in the applicant’s household

Rep. Miner
6244 AAC THE PURCHASE OF LONG GUNS AND LONG GUN AMMUNITION Creates an eligibility certificate for a rifle or shotgun Reps. Grogins, Fawcett
6247 AAC THE DETERMINATION OF THE MENTAL HEALTH STATUS OF AN INDIVIDUAL APPLYING FOR A PISTOL OR REVOLVER CERTIFICATE OR PERMIT Requires the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) to check with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to determine whether an applicant for a new or renewed pistol or revolver certificate or permit has been confined in a hospital for persons with psychiatric disabilities by order of a probate court within the previous three years, rather than the previous 12 months Rep. Bolinsky
6249 AAC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PURCHASE AND STORAGE OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION

● Requires a person to have a long gun eligibility certificate to purchase a rifle, shotgun, or other long gun

● Requires that, during the 12 months before renewal of an eligibility certificate or a permit to carry a pistol or revolver, the certificate or permit holder repeat the training course required initially

● Requires applicants for an eligibility certificate or permit to carry a pistol or revolver to acknowledge that applications may be denied due to being identified as at risk in a firearms database

● Increases the fee for renewal of eligibility certificates and permits to $75 with $5 used to promote the safe storage of firearms

● Requires ammunition purchasers to have an eligibility certificate or permit to carry a pistol or revolver before purchase

● Requires people owning firearms to store (1) unloaded firearms with a trigger locking device installed and separately from ammunition and (2) loaded firearms in a gun safe

● Requires any firearm that is not in use in a home be stored in a gun safe if a family member is identified as at risk in a firearms database

● Makes a person who used a firearm while committing a crime or illegally possessed a firearm ineligible for any early release program or parole

Rep. Carter
6260 AAC A MUNICIPAL RESPONSE TO GUN VIOLENCE

● Expands the definition of an “assault weapon” to include weapons banned under California law

● Requires a rifle permit to purchase a rifle, shot gun, or other long gun unless the buyer has a permit to carry or an eligibility certificate

● Allows a town’s first selectman, mayor, or municipal chief executive to designate a chief of police, resident state trooper, or the Connecticut Board of Firearms Permit Examiners as the local authority to issue permits for pistols, revolvers, and rifles

● Grants a right of appeal to the Superior Court for permit issuing authorities whose permit denial is overturned administratively

● Expands the list of criminal offenses that prohibit an individual from obtaining a permit for a pistol, revolver, or rifle

● Alters the enforcement of existing state firearms laws

● Requires an updated background check to be completed on all permit renewals

● Requires a pistol, revolver, or rifle permit to purchase ammunition

● Regulates online purchase and delivery of ammunition

● Prohibits bulk firearm purchase

● Requires trigger locks with each firearm purchase

● Prohibits civilian possession of body armor

Rep. Godfrey, Sen. Bye
The following categories also contain bills with provisions on permits and eligibility certificates:

Ammunition—161, 613, 5950

Transactions—503, 600, 610, 6163

REGISTRIES
207 AA ESTABLISHING A REGISTRY OF FIREARM-RELATED INJURIES AND DEATHS Requires the state police to maintain a registry documenting the circumstances under which people are killed or injured by firearms Sen. Looney
734 AA ESTABLISHING A GUN OFFENDER REGISTRY

● Requires individuals convicted of certain firearms offenses and certain violent crimes with a weapon to register with DESPP and their local law enforcement authority for five years after their release into the community

● Requires these offenders to report to their local law enforcement authority regularly during their registration period

● Limits access to the registry to law enforcement personnel

Sen. Looney
737 AAC THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A GUN OFFENDER REGISTRY Establishes a gun offender registry that would make information about people convicted of certain firearm-related offenses who have been released into the community available to police departments to assist them in gathering information on crimes in their communities Sen. Ayala
6245 AA REQUIRING THE REGISTRATION OF FIREARMS Requires firearm owners to register their firearms with DESPP Reps. Grogins, Fawcett
The following categories also contain bills with provisions on registries:

Ammunition—161, 613, 5950

STORAGE
604 AAC THE SECURE SAFEKEEPING OF FIREARMS Provides that no one store or keep a firearm on premises under his or her control if he or she knows or should know that another person residing in the home presents a danger to himself, herself, or others unless the person keeps the firearm in a securely locked box or container Sen. Frantz
782 AAC SECURE STORAGE OF A FIREARM Expands the requirement to securely store a firearm to include when a resident is ineligible to possess a firearm or receive a permit to carry one Sen. Looney
5654 AAC HOUSEHOLD ACCESS TO FIREARMS BY A PERSON WHO POSES A RISK OF IMMINENT PERSONAL INJURY TO HIMSELF OR OTHERS Permits the police or a state’s attorney to file a complaint with the Superior Court with respect to a person who poses a risk of imminent personal injury to himself, herself, or others when the person is in a household with someone who possesses a firearm Rep. O’Neill
6006 AA REQUIRING GUN STORE OWNERS TO SAFELY SECURE RIFLES Requires gun store owners to safely secure their inventory of rifles Rep. Alexander
6010 AA PROMOTING THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF STATE RESIDENTS

● Requires owners to secure firearms in a locked box or container in the home if a resident is under a conservatorship

● Requires a person to notify police within 24 hours of learning of an imminent threat of harm or death made by a person who has access to firearms or explosive devices

● Imposes duties on mental health professionals

Rep. Mushinsky
The following categories also contain bills with provisions on storage:

Ammunition—161, 5935, 5950

Permits and Eligibility Certificates—6249

TRANSACTIONS
1 AAC THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS FROM VIOLENCE

● Strengthens provisions on sale, possession, and transfer of firearms, assault weapons, and ammunition

● Enacts measures to enhance safety in schools, residences, and the community

Sen. Williams
503 AAC STATE AGENCY RESPONSIBILITY WITH RESPECT TO FEDERAL CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK INFORMATION Ensures state agencies timely provide data required for federal criminal background checks Sen. Kissel
505 AAC THE MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT TO PURCHASE A RIFLE Requires that an individual must be at least age 21, rather than 18, to purchase a rifle Sen. Ayala
506 AA REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL PRIVATE FIREARM SALES Requires background checks for private firearm sales to individuals, excluding immediate family members Sen. Frantz
600 AAC THE PURCHASE OF A RIFLE OR SHOTGUN Requires an individual to obtain a permit to purchase a rifle or shotgun Sen. Looney
605 AAC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PURCHASE OF A RIFLE OR SHOTGUN Establishes the same background check and record-keeping requirements for sales of rifles and shotguns as currently required for pistol or revolver transactions, and extend the requirements to all secondary and private sales, including all gun show sales Sen. Looney
609 AA PROHIBITING THE PURCHASE OF MORE THAN ONE PISTOL OR REVOLVER IN A THIRTY-DAY PERIOD Prohibits an individual from purchasing more than one pistol or revolver within 30 days Sen. Looney
610 AA ELIMINATING THE OPTION OF OBTAINING AN ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATE FOR A PISTOL OR REVOLVER Eliminates the eligibility certificate for a pistol or revolver and requires a person who purchases a pistol or revolver to first obtain a state permit to carry Sen. Looney
711 AA ESTABLISHING AN AGE RESTRICTION ON THE PURCHASE OF LONG GUNS Prohibits the purchase of firearms other than pistols and revolvers by anyone under age 18, regardless of whether it is a retail purchase Sen. Looney
5937 AA REQUIRING UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ALL FIREARM SALES AT GUN SHOWS Requires the seller of a firearm at a gun show to take the necessary steps for a background check on any individual purchasing a firearm Rep. Labriola
5951 AA PROHIBITING THE SALE OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION THROUGH THE INTERNET Prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunition through the Internet Rep. Grogins
5957 AA LIMITING THE NUMBER OF PISTOLS OR REVOLVERS AN INDIVIDUAL MAY PURCHASE IN ANY THIRTY-DAY PERIOD Limits the number of pistols or revolvers an individual may purchase in a 30 -day period Rep. Candelaria
6008 AA REQUIRING REPORTING OF FIREARM INVENTORY

● Requires people and entities that sell or manufacture firearms in Connecticut to report their inventory to DESPP

● Requires a licensed seller or manufacturer to prove a legal transfer for firearms that cannot be matched to a legal purchaser or transferee

● Fines sellers or manufacturers who do not comply

Rep. Candelaria
6163 AA CREATING A DATABASE OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PROHIBITED FROM PURCHASING OR POSSESSING A FIREARM DUE TO PSYCHIATRIC OR PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDER

● Authorizes DESPP to establish a database of the names, addresses, dates of birth, and last four digits of the Social Security numbers of people identified by licensed psychiatrists or psychologists as “at risk” due to psychiatric or psychological disorder

● Makes those identified ineligible to possess or purchase a firearm

● Limits database access to licensed psychiatrists and psychologists, who can delete information based on medical judgments, and state police

Rep. Carter
6216 AAC THE REGULATION OF FIREARMS, ASSAULT WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION

● Strengthens record retention requirements for firearms, assault weapons, and ammunition

● Limits the number of firearms that a person may purchase or receive in a single transaction or within a period of time

● Requires the same background checks for purchases at gun shows as for purchases from federally-licensed firearm dealers

● Limits the sale of ammunition to people eligible to possess firearms

● Designates a weapon as an assault weapon if it has only one of the required functional features instead of two of the functional and nonfunctional features currently required

● Prohibits possession of certain ammunition feeding devices that accept a large number of rounds

Rep. Holder-Winfield
6250 AAC CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS PRIOR TO THE SALE OR DELIVERY OF FIREARMS OTHER THAN HANDGUNS

● Requires background checks prior to the sale or delivery of any firearms other than pistols or revolvers, regardless of whether sold at retail

● Excludes from the background check and waiting period requirements only peace officers and active U.S. armed forces members

Reps. Grogins, Fawcett
6251 AA REQUIRING FINGERPRINTING AND CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS PRIOR TO THE SALE, DELIVERY OR TRANSFER OF ALL LONG GUNS Requires background checks before sale, delivery, or transfer of any firearm other than a pistol or revolver Rep. Yaccarino
The following categories also contain bills with provisions on transactions:

Ammunition—5935

Crimes/Sentencing—122, 612, 679, 740, 5676

Insurance/Liability—140, 5268, 5452, 6261

Permits and Eligibility Certificates—6249, 6260

OTHER
277 AAC SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICIES REGARDING THE CARRYING OF FIREARMS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS Permits boards of education to adopt policies regarding the carrying of firearms in public schools Sen. Kissel
299 AAC COMMUNICATION AMONG STATE AND LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS DURING ACTIVE-SHOOTER INCIDENTS Requires the state police to use the Connecticut Statewide Police Emergency Network to notify all local police departments of any ongoing shooting incident at a school, shopping mall, or other heavily populated location Sen. Kane
5179 AAC ACCESS TO THE INTERACTIVE VOICE RESPONSE SYSTEM OF THE SPECIAL LICENSING AND FIREARMS UNIT OF THE DIVISION OF STATE POLICE Requires the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit of the state police to provide firearm dealers access to the unit’s interactive voice response system at all times, including on non-business days, to obtain firearm sale authorization numbers Rep. Hovey
5934 AAC THE FEASIBILITY OF OUTFITTING FIREARMS WITH BIOMETRIC READING DEVICES Requires the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering to study the feasibility of outfitting firearms sold in Connecticut with biometric reading devices that permit only the owner of a firearm to use it Rep. O’Neill
6013 AAC THE USE OF HAND-HELD METAL DETECTORS BY PEACE OFFICERS Permits peace officers to carry and use hand-held metal detectors to search suspects for firearms Rep. Miller
6131 AAC LOST AND STOLEN FIREARMS AND GUN TRAFFICKING Alters restrictions regarding lost and stolen firearms and gun trafficking Rep. Tong
6248 AAC THE REGULATION OF FIREARMS BY THE STATE

● Prohibits municipalities from regulating ownership, possession, use, transportation, or transactions involving firearms, ammunition, or firearm components

● Provides that the state and federal governments have exclusive jurisdiction on these matters and preempts municipal action unless expressly permitted

● Prohibits municipalities from defining any activity related to firearms as a public nuisance or detrimental to public health and safety

Rep. Miner

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Posted by Jonathan at 16 February 2013

Category: CT Legislation, Issues - State of CT, Opinion

There was a recent incident in Newington involving a mother at a local “Chuck-E-Cheese” restaurant.  Tawana Bourne presented her firearm in an altercation at the restaurant.  Ms. Bourne broke two laws that day:  Briefly (according to Newington PD) brandishing a firearm as well as carrying the firearm in a posted “no guns allowed” facility.  Both of which, would most likely be illegal.  I’m not going to delve deeper in the permit revocation aspect in this case.  She had a permit and it was revoked.  I doubt she’ll get her permit back any time soon (though she can navigate the courts and application process again).

I have a serious problem when the local media pick up the story that she was denied her permit and it was overturned by the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners even though she had (according to the article) been arrested several times, committed to a hospital and a family member had a restraining order against her.

On it’s face, the information presented above is true.  However, there are many “factual discrepancies” between the facts and sensationalism.  Let’s break the facts down, according to the article (and Middletown PD), the reasons for the denial were:

  • Arrests in 2001, 2003 and 2004
  • “as well as” two convictions
  • “along with some other arrests within our town, two times we had to commit her to the hospital for a mental evaluation”
  • Restraining order

Now, when you read the article, it makes it sound like the board was presented information that she was a career criminal/mental case and shouldn’t get her permit.  The article quotes Ms. Bourne stating that she has been clean for seven years.

The article misses A LOT of the facts and how the above arrests, committals and restraining orders were related.  I actually delved a little deeper in the case because I attend just about every firearms board hearing as an observer.  They are NOT a permit mill.  If the board had unanimously overturned a denial, then there had to be a reason beyond the article mentioned above.  Sure enough, there was.

The “crime spree” mentioned above didn’t take place over an extended period of time.  The majority of the arrests and committal/restraining order issues delve around incidents occurring in ONE WEEK. in 2001.  I will present you with the information (good and bad) that I researched by listening to the hearing.

  • The reason for the actual denial was failure to properly list arrests/convictions on the application.  In these incidents displaying knives (steak knives), being committed to a hospital and having a restraining order against her.
  • Middletown brings up a few arrests, but no convictions.  One board member questions whether mentioning arrests without conviction is valid or not under CT statute 42-154a.
  • Convictions related to these cases were failure to appear (class a misdemeanor), possession of a restricted substance (most likely prescription medicine) which was a class C misdemeanor and a fine was paid.
  • Board agrees that all the charges/convictions above were not disqualifiers under state law (but the behavior can be “weighted upon” to judge suitability.

These all revolve around incidents on June 23rd and June 29th of 2001.  The appellant at that time was approximately 19 or 20 years old (I didn’t get the specific age from the audio).  The article does not mention that the majority of this criminal activity stems from these two dates in the same week..  The restraining order, I don’t give much weight to as it was an ex parte restraining order.  A complaint was made, a judge issued the order without a hearing (which is common).  When it came time to continue the temporary restraining order, the complaintant never showed up in court to continue the order.  The appellant admits she had a drug habit, inquired whether her family would be glad without her and that she should “jump off the bridge”.  She then was committed to the hospital on these occasions.

The majority of what follows is what was missing from the article and how Ms. Bourne had changed her life around.

  • She has been clean 7 years since these incidents.
  • Chairman Corradino states that based on evidence submitted, she looks to have changed her life around with letters of recommendation, newspaper articles about her work and an impressive resume.
  • After hospitalization, she sought treatment and got involved in church activities.
  • Had two children and didn’t want to raise them as an addicted mother.
  • Started attending college.  She had received her Associates, was currently 1 year away from her Bachelors degree and planned to pursue her Masters in social work.
  • She works full time as a home health worker and a social worker (while attending college and raising children of her own).
  • She started her own organization in Middletown to help adults and parents overcome situations like those she overcame.
  • She was involved in a school program helping parents and children improve literacy.
  • She received a prestigious grant for her social work from the William Caspar Graustein Fund.

When you look at the incidents of the younger Ms. Bourne with the person that was at her permit denial hearing, you indeed see two very different women.  Look at the HUGE list of accomplishments (somehow, absent from the media reports).  The board saw SEVEN years of clean conduct and nothing but positive change.

The BFPE deliberated and six members voted unanimously to grant her a permit.

One should really wonder, how did the media get the information regarding the permit denial?  Politics.  There are several bills being discussed to dissolve the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners. If this were to happen, citizens would have no recourse but a very costly process in the court system.  It would overburden the court system with close to 500 or more cases a year.  Most judges have no experience with firearms, all members of the board are very experienced with firearms.  Board members are volunteers and the only paid staff is one part time administrative person and expenses (copies, mailing, etc.).  Those expenses cost the state around $80,000. a year (a quick look at the math shows the state collects over $2,520,000 per year in pistol permit fees).  The BFPE board appointments come from government agencies (including a Department of Environmental Protection Colonel), governor appointees and two are from gun clubs.  The board is made up of seven members (six voted in this case).   The board composition is well balanced.

Some municipalities and the State Special Licensing and Firearms Unit have issues with the BFPE.  When they do not follow state statutes, the BFPE can overturn wrongful denials and revocations.  Just look at the towns I have collected information from on this site.  A large number of towns simply do not follow the law when issuing permits and the BFPE is the only recourse a citizen may have to correct this abuse.  Some towns violations are so egregious, a person could lose their place of residence or employment if they sign such harmful “hold harmless” agreements (not required by law).

As someone that attends these hearings, I have seen people denied permits for extremely trivial arrests.  One for a pack of batteries stolen in the mid eighties with NO interaction since that time with law enforcement.  One for a drunk driving incident IN THE SIXTIES with no further interaction with law enforcement.  It’s not uncommon to see a town abuse it’s authority over an anti-gun bias.  In these cases, the BFPE excels at making sure these abuses are corrected.  The board is also very firm and I’ve seen plenty of denials.  Many from what I have observed to be trivial given the weight of the case.  But, they have been fair and impartial.

I’m still left to wonder.  Who tipped off the media?  Middletown PD for being angry over their “authority” being overturned?  The state Special Licensing and Firearms Unit over their decisions being continually overturned?  I think there is indeed an agenda here given the political climate, especially post Sandy Hook.  Call me a skeptic.

Posted by Jonathan at 26 January 2013

Category: CT Legislation

When we said this was going to be an interesting year at our state legislature, I had no idea!

I knew it was going to be a tough year before December.  Aurora CO, New Haven open carry (OC) incident amongst others were still fresh in peoples minds.  Then, the most unimaginable happened, Sandy Hook.  If we thought we had an uphill battle before, I’m starting to feel a lot like Sisyphus all over again.

Here is the information we have so far:

  1. There is another new first – METAL DETECTORS!  Yep, CBS has reported that the Capitol Police will indeed be installing metal detectors for Monday.  Keep this in mind when you arrive.  Guns were already banned in the LOB, but now anything that looks like a weapon can be suspect.
  2. Testimony will be by lottery.  Sign up will begin at 9:00 AM with the lottery taking place at 12:15.
  3. Testimony can be submitted electronically by sending a copy to asaferconnecticut@cga.ct.gov.  Please indicate in the subject of your email to which working group(s) you would like your testimony directed (gun violence prevention, school security, and/or mental health services).
  4. It is advised that you bring 30 copies (plus any extras you may want) just in case when you arrive.  This way, you can make sure and give copies to aids if they haven’t printed them out yet and make sure they get in the legislators hands.

Here is a “Testimony tip sheet” I put together for CCDL.

We have a lot of work to do,  Clearer heads will prevail.  I hope to see you all in great numbers at the LOB on Monday when we testify.  Lets make sure our voices are heard, legislators educated on the truth about guns and real solutions reached that don’t infringe on our state and federal constitutional rights.

 

 

Posted by Jonathan at 22 January 2013

Category: CT Legislation, Issues - State of CT

In a normal session at the Connecticut legislature, we have a little time to prepare for testimony. The session is usually six months with the first two months having bills generated and sent to committees. then, we have approx 2-3 months where we may attend hearings and testify on proposed legislation (of course, we never stop contacting our legislators about proposed bills). During a normal session, we often have at the very least, a bill title so we have something to “work with” to prepare testimony.

We will still have the opportunity to testify during the normal session. Since the tragedy in Newton at Sandy Hook, there is now a special committee being developed BEFORE the normal committee hearings. This committee is called “Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention And Children’s Safety”. The committee will be broken down into three subgroups: Gun violence, school safety and mental health. Each committee has been assigned a bipartisan panel of state representatives and senators. This is new territory and something I have not seen before. There are some proposed bills so far, but those haven’t been moved out of committee and a public hearing has not been planned as of yet.

The meetings are as follows:

school safety on January 25 at 9:30 a.m.
gun safety hearing on January 28 at 10:00 a.m.
mental health issues January 29 at 10:00 a.m.

All in room 2C at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. A fourth public hearing will be held by the task force at Newtown High School on January 30 at 6:00 p.m.

Attend as many as possible, of course our focus is on the Gun Safety hearing. Here are the legislators assigned to this committee:

Sen. Martin Looney, Co-chair
Rep. Craig Miner, Co-chair
Rep. Gerald Fox III
Rep. Stephen Dargan
Rep. Bob Godfrey
Rep. Toni Walker
Rep. Rosa Rebimbas
Rep. Janice Giegler
Rep. Dan Carter
Sen. Eric Coleman
Sen. John Fonfara
Sen. Joan Hartley
Sen. John Kissel
Sen. Scott Frantz
Sen. Tony Guglielmo
Sen. Kevin Witkos

CCDL is compiling a list of proposed bills. Depending on how the hearing is organized, I wouldn’t write full blown testimony on each proposal. Focusing on the proposed ideas in general and how it effects each gun owner PERSONALLY is very important.
Please remember, the data is on our side. You can use a lot of facts to prove your points, but also let the legislators know how the proposed legislation would effect you, a LAW ABIDING citizen.

I look foreword to seeing many of you at these hearings. It’s going to be at tough session, more than any before. We’ve been doing well the past few years in preventing anti-gun legislation from passing in our legislature. It’s going to take A LOT more effort this time around. With your support, we have the strongest prospects at successfully defeating poorly drafted legislation that will have ZERO impact on any crime.

Yours in liberty,

Jonathan

 

Posted by Jonathan at 2 October 2012

Category: CT Legislation, Issues - State of CT

Just an FYI and a heads up.  On October 1st, a few laws and changes take effect.  Some effect average citizens, some will have an impact on FFL’s (like the CT “Bound Book”).

I’m going to list those here with links to the CT legislature where you can do some further research:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECORDING OF PISTOL AND REVOLVER SALES IN A BOUND BOOK.

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2012/ACT/PA/2012PA-00191-R00SB-00196-PA.htm

AN ACT PROVIDING FEDERAL PROBATION OFFICERS WITH ACCESS TO FIREARM DATA REGARDING PROBATIONERS.

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2012/ACT/PA/2012PA-00177-R00HB-05550-PA.htm

AN ACT CONCERNING THE FIREARMS EVIDENCE DATABANK.

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2012/ACT/PA/2012PA-00016-R00HB-05096-PA.htm

AN ACT CONCERNING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2012/ACT/PA/2012PA-00114-R00HB-05548-PA.htm

The domestic violence is a lot of reading, but there are a few changes involving firearms.  As always, though we’re not lawyers, it is a good thing to have one.  I have an appointment with an attorney once a year just to discuss many of these types of changes and my personal knowledge of the law and how they pertain to me as a citizen with a permit to carry pistols and revolvers.