New Law Bans High End .22 Target Pistols

This is just another inconsistency in Public Act 13-3 (formerly SB1160). A CCDL member sent this to Governor Malloy, who thinks he’ll get a reply?

Governor Malloy,

I have been shooting bullseye competition pistol for almost 15 years in Connecticut. This sport involves shooting paper targets with a .22lr target pistol. For those not familiar with the .22lr cartridge, it is a tiny weak cartridge designed to put small holes in paper and tin cans.

SB1160 clarifies that .22lr rifles would not be classified as assault weapons under the single feature rule (most likely recognizing the intent and extreme limitations of this cartridge), but there was no similar language for .22lr pistols.

With this bill my .22lr target pistol I shot in competitions (see below photo) will be considered an assault weapon simply because the magazine is inserted forward of the grip. All high end .22lr competition target pistols have the magazine located forward of the grip to enhance balance. This bill will effectively destroy competitive bullseye pistol shooting in CT.

My wife is an up and coming competitive target shooter and will now not be allowed to upgrade to this next level of pistol as her skills improve.

Please explain to me how classifying my .22lr target pistol as an “assault weapon” helps protect the people of Connecticut.

Please explain to me why there are provisions for .22lr rifles to not fall under the single feature rule yet no provisions to prevent .22lr target pistols from falling under the same rule.

If this makes no sense to you as well, what can be done to revise SB1160 to keep these pistols designed and used only for target shooting from being incorrectly classified as “assault weapons”?

I eagerly await your reply.

13 thoughts on “New Law Bans High End .22 Target Pistols

  1. Don’t forget it has a threaded barrel and the compensator (which may be considered a “flash suppressor”, depending on how the define it). I have a Ruger 22/45 that hits this ban as well as it has a threaded barrel.

    • Threaded barrel can be fixed/changed. Virtually aLL the highend .22 target pistols have the magazine outside of the grip, and that isn’t something that can be changed. These pistols run thousands of dollars, and are NEVER used in crimes. Think of all the sales tax dollars being lost too!

  2. I did not see any testimony specific to this issue during the various hearings … and these guns are likely not covered under the 2nd amendment as they have no military value. Why are there no provisions in the law concerning this? Because they don’t care. You can still register them, right? And you thought that the law would not affect you .. fool you…

  3. Why would Malloy care or even respond? If he was interested in being fair or reasonable, he wouldn’t have signed this bill into law!
    Many people have also been shooting .223 service rifle competition for years, that didn’t seem to matter to CT either.

  4. A short PEP TALK from Thomas paine, one of the Founding Fathers:

    Back then, it was Thomas Paine who gave the nation a pep talk. Although the enemy then was the British King, much of what Paine said applies to today, when we are faced with a monarchical president who does not feel constrained by the Constitution:

    “THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. …

    The President will be in CT. tomorrow and it is too bad we can’t go and protest his disregard for the Constitution.

    G. Nolan

  5. Look at this article. This is the reason why CCDL must always remain 100% professional and with total decorum. The Governor calling Wayne L. a circus clown is a sign of the pressure he feels and how we win.

    Conn. Gov.: NRA’s LaPierre Like ‘Clowns at the Circus’
    Sunday, 07 Apr 2013 01:21 PM

    Likening NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre to “clowns at the circus,” Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy admitted the gun control law he signed this past week was tougher not only on criminals, but also on law-abiding citizens.

    “This guy is so out of whack that it’s unbelievable,” Malloy said of LaPierre on “State of the Union.” The governor charged that the National Rifle Association isn’t willing to compromise.

    “Precious little,” Malloy responded when asked if there was anything in the NRA proposal he found useful. “It doesn’t make any sense. (LaPierre) doesn’t make any sense — thus my reference to the circus.”

    The United States had its days of the Wild West, Malloy said, “where everyone carried a gun, and homicide rates were pretty big.”

  6. Include not only my Walther .22 long rifle target pistol, but also my Walther .32 S&W long wad cutter target pistol, which I use for center fire competition. They are my favorite target pistols in the world…!!!

  7. More examples of why you shouldn’t rush a bill into law without a public hearing. Guns that were almost certainly not intended to be targets of this law were affected anyways.

  8. Based on the pictures I could find, every gun used in the pistol event in the London Olympics would be banned. My Hammerli 280 is affected by this as well. I sent a PowerPoint to every aide and representative I could showing how this was a problem. It didn’t help.

    • Like the song says : “too late” .. but it would not have mattered … you’ll need to register the gun … you can keep it .. isn’t that sweet of them?

  9. I did not see an exemption of .22 rifles from the AWB. I saw no mention of caliber, only the cosmetic features. Can anyone clarify?

    • Here’s the new law:
      It starts getting into defining assault weapons on page 39. Remember as you read this that anything in [brackets] is deleted from the law, and anything that is underlined has been added to the law.
      On page 40 we get to the new named AW rifles. It says:

      (B) Any of the following specified semiautomatic centerfire rifles, or
      copies or duplicates thereof with the capability of any such rifles, that
      were in production prior to or on the effective date of this section:

      Then on page 41 we get to the evil scary rifle features that cover everything else:

      [(3)] (E) Any semiautomatic firearm [not listed in subdivision (1) of
      this subsection] regardless of whether such firearm is listed in
      subparagraphs (A) to (D), inclusive, of this subdivision, and regardless
      of the date such firearm was produced, that meets the following
      [(A)] (i) A semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has an ability to accept
      a detachable magazine and has at least [two] one of the following:

      Again, it only pertains to centerfire. Since .22 is rimfire, it’s ok for a rifle. Why a .22 pistol is so much scarier I have no idea.

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