Gun Violence Hearing – THANK YOU!

I just want to say how truly proud I was to see everyone at Monday’s hearing. Many of you lost a day of pay. Many of you stood in line for hours out in the snow waiting to get in, only to stand in line for hours more to submit written testimony or sign up to speak. You then patently waited hours more for your chance to speak, or just to show support for other speakers. I was personally at the LOB for 17hrs, and I know some people were there longer then that. I’d like to share just a small part of the 13hrs of public testimony. At the end I’ll include the whole thing for anyone who’s interested.

  I want to thank everyone for what they have done so far, but remember this is just the beginning. Currently almost 100 gun related bills are still working their way through committees. We’ll need people to show up and testify when these come up for a public hearing. The Legislative Task Force will be making their recommendations in a few weeks. We’ll have to deal with that when it happens. Same with the separate Governor’s task force.  Then there’s federal level stuff. Monday was fantastic, but there is much more to be done. Don’t go to sleep.

OK, on to the videos.

First, the whole 13hrs of public testimony. I moved it to the top only because I can’t keep it from autostarting. So stop it for now, and go check out the other videos first.
I made it a link because it is just annoying that it keeps autostarting. Click HERE to watch.

CCDL President Scott Wilson

CCDL Vice-President Lenny Benedetto

Jonathan Hardy

Marshall Robinson – firearm forensics & ballistics expert

Christopher Yen

Judy Aron

Henson Ong

Derek Greaves

Pastor Ronald Thomas – Don’t declaw kittens

New Proposed Bills – 1/30/2013

Just two bills today; one good, one bad.

Proposed H.B. No. 6306 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING POSSESSION OF A WEAPON ON SCHOOL GROUNDS’, to protect elementary and secondary school students by clarifying that existing law permits school officials to establish protocols permitting school personnel to possess weapons on school grounds.
REF. JUDICIARY

 

Proposed H.B. No. 6308 REP. GROGINS, 129th DIST.; REP. FAWCETT, 133rd DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING MILITARY STYLE WEAPONS’, to ban the private purchase or possession of certain military style semiautomatic pistols, rifles and shot guns.
REF. JUDICIARY

 

 

live blogging

Art O’neill used his option to let 2 antis speak early.
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I find it interesting that even though the progun people here outnumber the antis ten to one, they seem to magically drawn all the low numbers in the lottery. Odd.
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Christopher Yen of Norwalk hit it out of the park!
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Marshall Robinson brings on the facts
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Judy Aron rocks!

All Proposed CT Gun Bills For 2013 Session

Everything we’re following right now.
The good, the bad, and the ugly.
Updated through 3/20/2013

Bill Number Title
HB-5112 AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISCLOSURE OF THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PERSONS HOLDING HANDGUN PERMITS.
HB-5165 AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFENSE OF A PERSON’S HOME, MOTOR VEHICLE OR BUSINESS.
HB-5176 AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR A TEMPORARY STATE PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER.
HB-5179 AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO THE INTERACTIVE VOICE RESPONSE SYSTEM OF THE SPECIAL LICENSING AND FIREARMS UNIT OF THE DIVISION OF STATE POLICE.
HB-5268 AN ACT REQUIRING THE MAINTENANCE OF LIABILITY INSURANCE BY FIREARM OWNERS AND ESTABLISHING A SALES TAX ON AMMUNITION.
HB-5269 AN ACT INCREASING THE PENALTY FOR CRIMINAL USE OF A FIREARM OR ELECTRONIC DEFENSE WEAPON.
HB-5452 AN ACT REQUIRING GUN OWNERS TO CARRY LIABILITY INSURANCE.
HB-5561 AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING FOR THE STATE-WIDE FIREARMS TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE.
HB-5580 AN ACT REQUIRING THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE TO STUDY WAYS TO INCREASE SECURITY AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.
HB-5646 AN ACT CONCERNING GANG ACTIVITY AND CRIME.
HB-5647 AN ACT CONCERNING HIGH CAPACITY FIREARMS.
HB-5651 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PURCHASE OR POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION.
HB-5654 AN ACT CONCERNING HOUSEHOLD ACCESS TO FIREARMS BY A PERSON WHO POSES A RISK OF IMMINENT PERSONAL INJURY TO HIMSELF OR OTHERS.
HB-5656 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR A CRIME COMMITTED WITH A FIREARM.
HB-5660 AN ACT CONCERNING IMMUNITY FROM LIABILITY FOR HARM CAUSED TO AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS COMMITTING VIOLENT ACTS AGAINST OTHERS WHILE ON SCHOOL PROPERTY.
HB-5676 AN ACT INCREASING THE MINIMUM PENALTY FOR ILLEGALLY SELLING OR POSSESSING A FIREARM.
HB-5934 AN ACT CONCERNING THE FEASIBILITY OF OUTFITTING FIREARMS WITH BIOMETRIC READING DEVICES.
HB-5935 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PURCHASE AND STORAGE OF FIREARMS.
HB-5937 AN ACT REQUIRING UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ALL FIREARM SALES AT GUN SHOWS.
HB-5949 AN ACT CONCERNING POSSESSION OF CERTAIN AMMUNITION FEEDING DEVICES.
HB-5950 AN ACT REDUCING THE INCIDENCE OF GUN VIOLENCE.
HB-5951 AN ACT PROHIBITING THE SALE OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION THROUGH THE INTERNET.
HB-5952 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM OR ELECTRONIC DEFENSE WEAPON.
HB-5953 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF AN ASSAULT WEAPON.
HB-5954 AN ACT CONCERNING THE POSSESSION OF SEMIAUTOMATIC FIREARMS WITH FIXED MAGAZINE CAPACITIES OF OVER TEN ROUNDS.
HB-5955 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE AND MANUFACTURE OF CERTAIN FIREARM MAGAZINES.
HB-5956 AN ACT CONCERNING RENEWAL OF PISTOL AND REVOLVER PERMITS.
HB-5957 AN ACT LIMITING THE NUMBER OF PISTOLS OR REVOLVERS AN INDIVIDUAL MAY PURCHASE IN ANY THIRTY-DAY PERIOD.
HB-6006 AN ACT REQUIRING GUN STORE OWNERS TO SAFELY SECURE RIFLES.
HB-6008 AN ACT REQUIRING REPORTING OF FIREARM INVENTORY.
HB-6010 AN ACT PROMOTING THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF STATE RESIDENTS.
HB-6013 AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF HAND-HELD METAL DETECTORS BY PEACE OFFICERS.
HB-6014 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFE USE OF ELECTRONIC DEFENSE WEAPONS.
HB-6131 AN ACT CONCERNING LOST AND STOLEN FIREARMS AND GUN TRAFFICKING.
HB-6161 AN ACT CONCERNING INELIGIBILITY FOR A PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER.
HB-6162 AN ACT CONCERNING INELIGIBILITY FOR A PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER OR AN ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATE BASED ON A PRIOR HOSPITALIZATION.
HB-6163 AN ACT CREATING A DATABASE OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PROHIBITED FROM PURCHASING OR POSSESSING A FIREARM DUE TO PSYCHIATRIC OR PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDER.
HB-6215 AN ACT LIMITING THE POSSESSION OF ASSAULT WEAPONS AND HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES.
HB-6216 AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF FIREARMS, ASSAULT WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION.
HB-6244 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PURCHASE OF LONG GUNS AND LONG GUN AMMUNITION.
HB-6245 AN ACT REQUIRING THE REGISTRATION OF FIREARMS.
HB-6246 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OF AMMUNITION FOR A PISTOL OR REVOLVER.
HB-6247 AN ACT CONCERNING THE DETERMINATION OF THE MENTAL HEALTH STATUS OF AN INDIVIDUAL APPLYING FOR A PISTOL OR REVOLVER CERTIFICATE OR PERMIT.
HB-6248 AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF FIREARMS BY THE STATE.
HB-6249 AN ACT CONCERNING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PURCHASE AND STORAGE OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION.
HB-6250 AN ACT CONCERNING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS PRIOR TO THE SALE OR DELIVERY OF FIREARMS OTHER THAN HANDGUNS.
HB-6251 AN ACT REQUIRING FINGERPRINTING AND CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS PRIOR TO THE SALE, DELIVERY OR TRANSFER OF ALL LONG GUNS.
HB-6260 AN ACT CONCERNING A MUNICIPAL RESPONSE TO GUN VIOLENCE.
HB-6261 AN ACT CONCERNING LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO ASSAULT WEAPONS AND FIREARMS.
HB-6306 AN ACT CONCERNING POSSESSION OF A WEAPON ON SCHOOL GROUNDS.
HB-6308 AN ACT CONCERNING MILITARY STYLE WEAPONS.
HB-6330 AN ACT CONCERNING LOOK-A-LIKE FIREARMS.
HB-6335 AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISPOSAL OF WEAPONS SEIZED FROM A PERSON WHO POSES A RISK OF IMMINENT PERSONAL INJURY TO SELF OR OTHERS.
HB-6497 AN ACT CONCERNING THE MARKETING OF FIREARMS TO YOUNG CHILDREN.
HB-6571 AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONNECTICUT SENTENCING COMMISSION WITH RESPECT TO SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE FOURTH DEGREE AND KIDNAPPING IN THE FIRST DEGREE WITH A FIREARM.
HB-6595 AN ACT PROHIBITING THE DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS NEAR PRIVATE RESIDENCES.
HB-6598 AN ACT CONCERNING PUBLIC PROTECTION.
HB-6654 AN ACT CONCERNING SPORTSMEN RELATED REVISIONS TO THE GENERAL STATUTES.
HB-6656 AN ACT CONCERNING LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR FIREARM POSSESSORS OR OWNERS.
HB-6668 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTIES FOR CRIMES INVOLVING FIREARMS.
SB-1 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS FROM VIOLENCE.
SB-21 AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR AN ETERNAL LIGHT IN MEMORY OF VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE.
SB-42 AN ACT CONCERNING THE CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION.
SB-122 AN ACT CONCERNING RESTRICTIONS ON GUN USE.
SB-124 AN ACT BANNING LARGE CAPACITY AMMUNITION MAGAZINES.
SB-140 AN ACT CONCERNING LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR FIREARM OWNERS AND SALES TAX ON AMMUNITION.
SB-161 AN ACT CONCERNING THE REDUCTION OF GUN VIOLENCE.
SB-207 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A REGISTRY OF FIREARM-RELATED INJURIES AND DEATHS.
SB-277 AN ACT CONCERNING SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICIES REGARDING THE CARRYING OF FIREARMS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
SB-299 AN ACT CONCERNING COMMUNICATION AMONG STATE AND LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS DURING ACTIVE SHOOTER INCIDENTS.
SB-307 AN ACT PROVIDING FUNDING FOR THE STATE-WIDE FIREARMS TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE.
SB-377 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION OF PISTOL PERMITS.
SB-495 AN ACT CONCERNING COMMISSION OF CERTAIN FELONIES WITH A FIREARM OR ASSAULT WEAPON.
SB-496 AN ACT PROHIBITING THE AWARD OF RISK REDUCTION CREDIT TOWARD A REDUCTION IN SENTENCE FOR A CRIME COMMITTED WITH A FIREARM.
SB-501 AN ACT CONCERNING THE BAN ON ASSAULT WEAPONS.
SB-503 AN ACT CONCERNING STATE AGENCY RESPONSIBILITY WITH RESPECT TO FEDERAL CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK INFORMATION.
SB-504 AN ACT CONCERNING LARGE CAPACITY GUN MAGAZINES.
SB-505 AN ACT CONCERNING THE MINIMUM AGE TO PURCHASE A RIFLE OR OTHER LONG GUN.
SB-506 AN ACT REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL PRIVATE FIREARM SALES.
SB-600 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PURCHASE OF A RIFLE OR SHOTGUN.
SB-601 AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF ASSAULT WEAPON.
SB-604 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SECURE SAFEKEEPING OF FIREARMS.
SB-605 AN ACT CONCERNING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PURCHASE OF A RIFLE OR SHOTGUN.
SB-606 AN ACT CONCERNING APPLICATION CRITERIA FOR A PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER.
SB-607 AN ACT CONCERNING APPLICATION FOR A TEMPORARY PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER.
SB-608 AN ACT PROHIBITING THE POSSESSION, IMPORTATION, TRANSFER OR SALE OF CERTAIN TYPES OF UNREASONABLY DANGEROUS AMMUNITION.
SB-609 AN ACT PROHIBITING THE PURCHASE OF MORE THAN ONE PISTOL OR REVOLVER IN A THIRTY-DAY PERIOD.
SB-610 AN ACT ELIMINATING THE OPTION OF OBTAINING AN ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATE FOR A PISTOL OR REVOLVER.
SB-611 AN ACT CONCERNING THE FEE FOR ISSUANCE AND RENEWAL OF A STATE PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER.
SB-612 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OR TRANSFER OF A FIREARM.
SB-613 AN ACT CONCERNING GUN VIOLENCE.
SB-615 AN ACT PROHIBITING THE DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS NEAR PRIVATE RESIDENCES.
SB-676 AN ACT CONCERNING LARGE CAPACITY FIREARM MAGAZINES AND SIMILAR DEVICES.
SB-679 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR FALSE STATEMENT OR INFORMATION IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OR TRANSFER OF FIREARMS.
SB-710 AN ACT CONCERNING PERMITS FOR GUN SHOWS.
SB-711 AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN AGE RESTRICTION ON THE PURCHASE OF LONG GUNS.
SB-734 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A GUN OFFENDER REGISTRY.
SB-737 AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A GUN OFFENDER REGISTRY.
SB-739 AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPEAL OF FIREARMS PERMITTING DECISIONS.
SB-740 AN ACT INCREASING THE PENALTIES FOR STRAW PURCHASES OF FIREARMS.
SB-742 AN ACT CONCERNING REBUILT ASSAULT WEAPONS.
SB-743 AN ACT CONCERNING CRIMES COMMITTED WITH FIREARMS.
SB-745 AN ACT RESTRICTING THE USE OF EXPLODING TARGETS.
SB-780 AN ACT CONCERNING SUITABILITY FOR A PISTOL OR REVOLVER PERMIT.
SB-781 AN ACT REQUIRING PRESENTATION OF A STATE PISTOL OR REVOLVER PERMIT TO PURCHASE AMMUNITION.
SB-782 AN ACT CONCERNING SECURE STORAGE OF A FIREARM.
SB-897 AN ACT CONCERNING REGULATION OF FIREARMS.
SB-1047 AN ACT BANNING LARGE CAPACITY AMMUNITION MAGAZINES.
SB-1071 AN ACT CONCERNING ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION FUND.
SB-1076 AN ACT CONCERNING THE REDUCTION OF GUN VIOLENCE.
SB-1124 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SECURE STORAGE OF FIREARMS.
SB-1144 AN ACT CONCERNING REBUILT ASSAULT WEAPONS.

New Bills Added – 1/26/2013

 This is starting to get old. Here’s the newest batch of gun bills. The vast majority are the same 3-5 things submitted over and over and over again.

 Proposed H.B. No. 6215 REP. MUSHINSKY, 85th DIST. ‘AN ACT LIMITING THE POSSESSION OF ASSAULT WEAPONS AND HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES’, to protect the public safety by limiting the possession of high capacity assault weapons and ammunition to police, members of the armed forces, and residents who belong to a shooting club that agrees to monitor its members’ use of assault weapons and magazines.
REF. JUDICIARY

 Proposed H.B. No. 6216 REP. HOLDER-WINFIELD, 94th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF FIREARMS, ASSAULT WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION’, to enact comprehensive controls on the possession and purchase of firearms, assault weapons and ammunition.
REF. JUDICIARY

 Proposed H.B. No. 6244 REP. GROGINS, 129th DIST.; REP. FAWCETT, 133rd DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE PURCHASE OF LONG GUNS AND LONG GUN AMMUNITION’, to reduce the use of long guns in the perpetration of crime by imposing the same requirements that apply to the purchase or receipt of pistols and revolvers on the purchase and receipt of long guns and long gun ammunition.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

 Proposed H.B. No. 6245 REP. GROGINS, 129th DIST.; REP. FAWCETT, 133rd DIST. ‘AN ACT REQUIRING THE REGISTRATION OF FIREARMS’, to require registration of all firearms.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

 Proposed H.B. No. 6246 REP. GROGINS, 129th DIST.; REP. FAWCETT, 133rd DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OF AMMUNITION FOR A PISTOL OR REVOLVER’, to reduce illegal handgun use by requiring a person to hold a valid permit to carry a pistol or revolver or eligibility certificate in order to purchase handgun ammunition.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

 Proposed H.B. No. 6247 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE DETERMINATION OF THE MENTAL HEALTH STATUS OF AN INDIVIDUAL APPLYING FOR A PISTOL OR REVOLVER CERTIFICATE OR PERMIT’, to strengthen the state’s firearm permitting process by requiring a more comprehensive mental health background check for individuals seeking a pistol or revolver certificate or permit.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

 Proposed H.B. No. 6248 REP. MINER, 66th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF FIREARMS BY THE STATE’, to allow the state to regulate firearms exclusively and to preempt the regulation of firearms by municipalities.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

 Proposed H.B. No. 6249 REP. CARTER, 2nd DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PURCHASE AND STORAGE OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION’, to establish requirements for the purchase of long guns and ammunition, the issuance and renewal of firearm certificates and permits and the safe storage of firearms, and make certain gun offenders ineligible for early release or parole.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H.B. No. 6250 REP. GROGINS, 129th DIST.; REP. FAWCETT, 133rd DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS PRIOR TO THE SALE OR DELIVERY OF FIREARMS OTHER THAN HANDGUNS’, to ensure that criminal background checks are conducted prior to the delivery or sale of firearms other than handguns.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

 Proposed H.B. No. 6251 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. ‘AN ACT REQUIRING FINGERPRINTING AND CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS PRIOR TO THE SALE, DELIVERY OR TRANSFER OF ALL LONG GUNS’, to require the completion of fingerprinting and a criminal background check prior to the sale, delivery or transfer of any long gun.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

 Proposed H.B. No. 6260 REP. GODFREY, 110th DIST.; SEN. BYE, 5th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING A MUNICIPAL RESPONSE TO GUN VIOLENCE’, to adopt the anti-violence initiative of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.
REF. JUDICIARY

 Proposed H.B. No. 6261 REP. BUCK-TAYLOR, 67th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO ASSAULT WEAPONS AND FIREARMS’, to provide specific civil and criminal liability for property damage or personal injury that results from failure to report a lost or stolen assault weapon or other firearm or illegal transfer of an assault weapon or other firearm.
REF. JUDICIARY

 Proposed S.B. No. 781 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ‘AN ACT REQUIRING PRESENTATION OF A STATE PISTOL OR REVOLVER PERMIT TO PURCHASE AMMUNITION’, to require presentation of a state pistol or revolver permit to purchase ammunition. REF. JUDICIARY

 Proposed S.B. No. 782 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING SECURE STORAGE OF A FIREARM’, to expand the requirement to securely store a firearm.
REF. JUDICIARY

 Proposed S.B. No. 734 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ‘AN ACT ESTABLISHING A GUN OFFENDER REGISTRY’, to strengthen Connecticut’s public safety laws.
REF. JUDICIARY

 Proposed S.B. No. 737 SEN. AYALA, 23rd DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A GUN OFFENDER REGISTRY’, to help law enforcement officials intervene to reduce the commission of crimes by repeat offenders.
REF. JUDICIARY

 Proposed S.B. No. 739 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPEAL OF FIREARMS PERMITTING DECISIONS’, to eliminate the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners and allow individuals aggrieved by a decision of a firearms permit issuing authority to appeal directly to the superior court.
REF. JUDICIARY

 Proposed S.B. No. 740 SEN. BARTOLOMEO, 13th DIST.; REP. ABERCROMBIE, 83rd DIST.; REP. ALTOBELLO, 82nd DIST.; REP. FAWCETT, 133rd DIST.; REP. FRITZ, 90th DIST.; REP. LESSER, 100th DIST.; REP. MUSHINSKY, 85th DIST. ‘AN ACT INCREASING THE PENALTIES FOR STRAW PURCHASES OF FIREARMS’, to strengthen the state’s law against the “straw purchase” of firearms in the interest of public safety. .
REF. JUDICIARY

 Proposed S.B. No. 743 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING CRIMES COMMITTED WITH FIREARMS’, to increase the sentence for crimes committed with a firearm.
REF. JUDICIARY

 Proposed S.B. No. 742 SEN. MCLACHLAN, 24th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING REBUILT ASSAULT WEAPONS’, to prohibit a person from rebuilding, with updated parts, a lawful assault weapon that was owned prior to October 1, 1993.
REF. JUDICIARY

 Proposed S.B. No. 780 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING SUITABILITY FOR A PISTOL OR REVOLVER PERMIT’, to establish statutory standards for determining suitability for a pistol or revolver permit, and allow local authorities additional time to consider permit applications.
REF. JUDICIARY

 Proposed S.B. No. 745 SEN. GUGLIELMO, 35th DIST. ‘AN ACT RESTRICTING THE USE OF EXPLODING TARGETS’, to prohibit the use of exploding targets near dwellings.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY 

Testimony For Monday’s Hearing Now Online

Some of testimony already submitted for Monday’s Task Force Hearing on gun violence is now online. You may read it here. There are only about 170 there so far, and it’s a mix of pro and anti gun control. Unless every other gun owner in the state plans on attending the hearing Monday in person, there should be several hundred thousand more in support of our rights then I see there, Again I remind you to “Stand Up! Step Up! Speak Up, Dammit!”.

This might be the only chance you get to make your voice heard. Just to remind you, there are already over 60 bills working their way through Hartford, and all but a handful will restrict your rights to own and shoot your gun. Even if the only gun you own is a revolver, or a double barrel shotgun, you WILL be effected as well. Here’s a reminder of just some of the proposed laws:

  • A ban on virtually all semiauto rifles classifying them as “Assault Weapons.”
  • Restricting magazine size to 10 rounds, 6 rounds, 5 rounds or even just 1 round.
  • Confiscating all magazines holding more than 10, 6, 5 or 1 rounds, pistols included.
  • Statewide gun registration for all firearms.
  • Re-registration every 2 years with ever increasing fees.
  • Requiring permits for any rifle with a pistol grip.
  • Limits on how much ammunition you can purchase and possess.
  • Registration and background checks on all ammo purchases.
  • Banning of internet sales of ammo.
  • Mandatory gun storage laws, like the one the U.S. Supreme Court struck down in the Heller decision.

If you can’t attend the hearing Monday, at least email your thoughts to the Task Force. If you need help or suggestions with your testimony, see our tip sheet for some helpful hints.

For past posts on this subject, click here.

 

Legislative Testimony “Tip Sheet”

Overview:

Testifying (in person or written testimony) may seem like a daunting task at first. Use this “tip sheet” to help you as you prepare for your testimony. Regardless of how you testify (in person or written) many items are still the same. However, if you plan to submit written testimony AND testify in person, you do not need to stick to your written testimony. This is particularly helpful if you have knowledge of a particular subject that was not answered in previous testimony.

Keep all your testimony brief and “stick to the facts”. It is also helpful if you personalize your written testimony and explain how a bill will affect you. This also makes it easier for you to not repeat the same facts and testimony of previous speakers. If your written testimony is essentially the same as previous speakers, tell the committee you agree with previous speakers and you are available to answer any questions.

Regardless of how you testify, the following should always be included:

  • Your name
  • Where you’re from (city/state)
  • State whether you support or oppose the bill
  • Use the bill number and title of the bill (EX: HB 1234 An Act Concerning Firearms)
  • Summarize your recommendation first and then add any needed explanation
  • Restate your position on the bill
  • Thank the legislators for their time and consideration of your position. Provide contact information and offer to answer any questions.
  • BE RESPECTFUL—never use derogatory names or threaten/antagonize

If you are testifying in person, here are a few more tips:

    • Each committee has a different operating procedure, however most only allow 3 minutes of testimony. You will be timed, and a buzzer or bell will sound once your time is up. If you hear that sound, please wrap it up as soon as you can. CAVEAT: If at the end of the 3 minutes, a legislator asks you a question, you may continue to speak to answer that question. However, please be respectful of time and try not to be excessive.
    • If you cannot cover all the information in the required 3 minutes, add it to the written testimony you submitted and note to the legislators that there is more you provided in writing
    • Rehearse your testimony. Anticipate questions and answers to those questions
    • If you DO NOT know the answer to a question, say so! Offer to get the correct information to the legislator or their aid as soon as possible.
    • Arrive and sign up early to testify.
    • Bring enough copies of your testimony. This is often stated when a hearing will take place. Bring a few extra copies so you have a copy to go over and practice before you speak. Not all committees allow testimony to be submitted electronically.
    • Dress appropriately for testimony. Business dress or business casual is preferred. No cammo, Printed T-shirts, etc. No hats. Your testimony may be televised.
    • Make sure cell phones are “muted” or turned off
    • Adjust and speak directly into the microphone. You should be no more than six inches from the microphone.
    • Avoid technical jargon. Many legislators are not familiar with terms and acronyms.
    • Plan to spend the entire day at the legislature. You may not have to, but depending on how testimony is organized (it could be by lottery) you may be there all day. Make sure plans are made with babysitters and employers ahead of time. It’s not uncommon for hearings to go through the evening hours.
    • Bring food or snacks (there is a cafeteria and auxiliary store).
    • DO NOT threaten or antagonize or argue with the legislators
    • DO NOT bring weapons into the legislature.
    • DO NOT clap, cheer or jeer during testimony. It only slows down the process and just doesn’t make us look good. Respect is key here.

If you have the time, make a visit to the Legislative Office Building (LOB) ahead of time and sit in on a hearing. This will give you a good idea of what to expect. Many of the hearings are also online at www.ct-n.com (The CT Network)

Statistics
Avoid using outdated statistics. Also, make sure your sources are valid. I.e. if a legislator sees you reference for a statistic is a known biased “news” (Fox, MSNBC, Breitbart, etc.) outlet, it may be called into question (perceived bias). There are some GREAT resources for firearms statistics that help you avoid a perceived bias.

  • Gunfacts.info – www.gunfacts.info This site has a downloadable book (available for purchase as well). GREAT information. All statistics are referenced in footnotes of every page.
  • FBI Crime Statistics – http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/crimestats Data here is hard for “the other side” to refute as it comes straight from the FBI.
  • Gun Cite – http://www.guncite.com/ – Not always up to date, but good source of ideas.
  • CT Pistol Permit Issues – www.ctpistolpermitissues.com – More information specific to Connecticut. Defensive firearms use, Office of Legislative Research Reports, pivotal state, federal and supreme court cases and permit procedure information.

Other useful resources
Connecticut Citizens Defense League – www.ccdl.us – keep current on issues affecting Connecticut.
CCDL also maintains an active presence regarding legislative efforts and informs members as soon as information is made available. CCDL is free to join and email lists are not shared with any other source.
NRA-ILA – National Rifle Association, Institute for Legislative Action – www.nraila.org – NRA-ILA maintains a large web site with information on legislative issues around the nation.
Connecticut General Assembly – www.cga.ct.gov – Lookup feature to find who your legislators are and how to contact them. Bill tracking – this allows you to read the language and any updates that may have been made. Hearing dates and times and any specific information for that hearing day (How many copies of testimony, etc.).
Books:
More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, Third Edition [Paperback] John R. Lott Jr. (Author)

Document created by E. Jonathan Hardy, Legislative Affairs Coordinator, CCDL permitissues@ccdl.us Rev Date: 1-24-13

You may also download and print out a copy of this tip sheet.

legislative testimony handout (pdf format)

A Plea from CCDL President

Greetings fellow CCDL Members,

This is a personal request that I am sending out to you. It is absolutely crucial that gun owners show up in force for the Gun Violence Hearing this coming Monday. The landscape of 2nd Amendment freedoms that we currently enjoy are all on the line as of right now. Please consider taking a vacation day from work, or please make a plan to otherwise be there. 

Gun Violence Prevention Working Group Public Hearing
Monday, January 28th, 2013
Legislative Office Building
10:00am, Room 2C
The Legislative Office Building is located at 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford.

 
The severity in which anti-gun bills are being generated has far surpassed any historical record that the State of Connecticut has ever seen. The only way to hopefully stop this, is to let your voices be heard by the lawmakers of our State.

With utmost urgency and sincerity,

Scott Wilson
President
CCDL, Inc.

For more info see these previous posts.

National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban Responds To Feinstein

Last month CCDL partnered with other organizations from across the country to form a ‘National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban’. The Coalition represents millions of lawful gun owners from across the United States.

Here is the Coalition’s response to Dianne Feinstein’s proposed gun ban.


Democrats at Feinstein press conference lie to Americans

Congress and the American people:

Today, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) pulled out all the stops in holding a press conference to introduce her long-anticipated ban on modern rifles and magazines, including universal registration of all gun sales. And today, you have been fed lies by the same politicians who have been trying to confiscate guns since at least the early 1990’s.

At the conference, Democrats, including Sens. Feinstein, Richard Durban (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) , recycled virtually every cynical distortion used by gun ban advocates in their effort to divide and defeat not only Second Amendment supporters, but all freedom-loving Americans.

Lies you are being told

We don’t want your guns”

Durbin and Schumer appealed to hunters and sportsman, saying: “We don’t want to take your guns.” But their histories and the history of the gun control movement say otherwise. These cynical manipulators of tragedy hope you don’t remember 1994, when passage of the Brady Act, and then the ban on semi-automatic firearms, was immediately followed by “Brady II,” a draconian gun ban which would have given the BATF power to search the homes of law-abiding Americans and would have banned most common self-defense handguns and magazines.

In the present proposal, the “one feature” test for semi-automatic firearms could ban even a .22 caliber rifle if it has a “thumbhole” stock. More importantly, the arbitrary magazine capacity limit will apply to defensive handguns, limiting your ability to protect yourself and your family.

The legislative history of Sens. Feinstein, Schumer and Durbin is that they will take what they can get, and they will not stop in going for the rest. If they pass this ban, more will follow and they will go after your hunting rifle or shotgun. These people have been consistent and clear, they want to prohibit law abiding citizens from owning any type firearm.

No right is absolute”

Schumer said these are “reasonable limitations” to your Second Amendment rights because, after all, “no right is absolute.” He argued that our First Amendment right to freedom of speech doesn’t allow you to yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater. Apparently, however, this Harvard-educated lawyer is unfamiliar with the concept of “prior restraint.” Prosecuting someone for wrongly yelling “fire” represents prosecution of those who abuse their rights. By contrast, gun control is a restraint on the rights of the law-abiding. If the gun control model were applied to freedom of speech, you would be bound and gagged before entering the theater on the premise that you might yell “fire.”

Only the ‘Gun Lobby’ opposes reasonable measures”

As much as those who would restrict your freedoms want you to believe “the NRA” and the “gun manufacturers” are the only ones opposing restrictive gun control, understand that the National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban represents a grass roots movement of millions of law-abiding gun owners, the vast majority of whom don’t earn a dime from this effort, and take time from jobs and families to fight for your civil rights. Ironically, it is the “anti-gun lobby” which actually comprises a small number of well-funded gun ban activists and their paid lobbyists.

You don’t need an AR-15 to go hunting”

Regurgitated by several anti-gun politicians at the press conference, it was most completely expressed by Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey, who pointed to an AR-15 and said, “You can’t go hunting with something like that…there would be nothing left to eat.”

But the Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting. In drafting the Bill of Rights, the Framers intended it as the last in a series of checks and balances against abuse of government – perhaps, indeed, the sort of abuse President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Feinstein and others are determined to thrust on the American people.

These ‘assault rifles’ are weapons of war”

The guns being targeted by this ban are not “assault rifles,” which are military machine guns virtually unavailable to the public since 1934. Yet Schumer and others repeatedly called the guns “assault rifles” in order to confuse you about the guns they want to ban which, in reality, differ from common hunting guns only by cosmetic features.

If the magazine ban had been in effect, kids would be alive in Newtown today”

So claimed Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy (both D-CT), in a complete absence of any evidence to that effect. Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho was reported to carry one hundred magazines, and most active shooters carry multiple firearms, making magazine capacity moot. Moreover, contrary to claims by gun ban advocates, the rate of violent victimization in schools during the period from 1994 to 2004, when the last semi-auto ban was in effect, increased by five-fold.

Coalition members reject these lies

The thirty-seven (37) participating organizations of the National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban, representing millions of Second Amendment supporters, reject the lies being told to the American people in order to pass the Feinstein ban.

Some will urge you to “compromise.” The Coalition, however, regards “compromise,” as our opposition defines it, to be a process in which we lose slightly fewer of our rights than under the original proposal. Consequently, any legislation which registers or bans firearms; limits magazine capacity; registers private transactions through NICS; or restricts time, place or manner of self-defense is unacceptable.

Members of Congress who support gun owners by opposing all gun control will, in turn, benefit from support by Coalition organizations. Members of Congress who support gun control by any means, procedural or substantive, will be targeted for defeat by Coalition members. They will be subject to picketing, leaflet drops at events in their districts, phone and mail campaigns, and political action committee opposition. NRA ratings and endorsements will have no impact on Coalition actions.

Do not believe lies promulgated by politicians who exploit tragedy to further their pre-ordained agenda to follow the disarmament path of Britain and Australia. Unlike other countries, the Framers designed our Republic to keep Americans free, and freedom means keeping arms in the hands of the people.

Respectfully,

The National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban

National Organizations:

The Firearms Coalition
Jeff Knox, Managing Director
Chris Knox, Director of Communications

Gun Owners of America
Larry D. Pratt, Executive Director

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
Charles Heller, President

OpenCarry.org
John Pierce, Spokesman

Rights Watch International
F. Paul Valone, Executive Director

Second Amendment Sisters
Marinelle Thompson, President
Lee Ann Tarducci, Director of Operations

USRKBA.org
Dave Yates, Co-founder
Dave Van, Co-Founder

State-level organizations:

Arizona Citizens Defense League
Dave Kopp, President

Arkansas Carry
Steve Jones, Chairman

BamaCarry
Eddie Fulmer, Spokesman

Connecticut Citizens Defense League, Inc
Scott Wilson, Sr., President

Damas de la Segunda Enmienda
(Ladies of the Second Amendment, Puerto Rico)
Sandra R Barreras, Executive Vice President

Firearms Owners Against Crime
Kim Stolfer, Chairman

Florida Carry, Inc.
Sean Caranna, Executive Director
Richard Nascak, Executive Director

Grass Roots North Carolina
F. Paul Valone, President

Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, Minnesota
Joe Olson, President

Gun Owners of California
Sam Paredes, Executive Director

Gun Owners of Maine
Shane Belanger, Executive Director

Gun Owners of Utah
Charles Hardy, Public Policy Director

Gun Owners of Vermont
Gary Cutler, Legislative Director

ICarry.org
Shaun Kranish, Founder

Iowa Gun Owners
Aaron Dorr, Executive Director

Michigan Gun Owners
Jeff LaFave, President

Michigan Open Carry, Inc.
Phillip Hofmeister, President

Montana Shooting Sports Association
Gary Marbut, President

Nebraska Firearms Owners Association
Wesley Dickinson, President

New Hampshire Firearms Coalition
Jonathan R. Evans, Esq, President

New Jersey 2nd Amendment Society
Frank Flamingo, President

Oregon Firearms Federation
Kevin Starrett, Executive Director

Peaceable Texans for Firearms Rights
Paul Velte, President

Pennsylvania, ACSL
Kim Stolfer, Legislative Committee Chairman

Shooters Committee on Political Education, NY
Stephen Aldstadt, President

Utah shooting Sports Council
Clark Aposhian, Chairman

Virginia Citizens Defense League
Philip Van Cleave, President

West Virginia Citizens Defense League
Keith Morgan, President

Western Missouri Shooters Alliance
Kevin Jamison, Press Officer

Wisconsin Carry, Inc.
Nik Clark, Chairman/President