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?
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.