Other Bills

Speaking of gun bills, there have been other bills introduced this session that we’re following, but for various reasons are somewhat outside our scope for now. We track them because bills often change as they move along but right now they are either not directly gun-rights related, not defined enough for us to determine if we should be for or against them, or are most likely not going to get to the point of a public hearing even without our help. Here are some examples of “other” bills we’re following this session:

Bill Number Title
HB-5072 AN ACT PROVIDING FUNDING FOR THE STATE-WIDE FIREARMS TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE.
HB-5214 AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL FIREARM PERMITTING.
HB-5217 AN ACT CONCERNING USE OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT.
SB-71 AN ACT CONCERNING ON-LINE EDUCATION OPTIONS FOR BOATING AND HUNTING SAFETY.
SB-241 AN ACT CONCERNING YOUTH HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES, REVISING CERTAIN HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSE FEES AND REQUIRING REGISTRATION BY HUNTING AND FISHING GUIDE SERVICES.

HB5217 – The unmanned aircraft one is kinda interesting. Basically right now it makes it a crime to commit a crime with an armed drone. Yea, it makes something already illegal more illegal.

HB5214 – We’re following this one closely. This is one that could be good or bad, depending on how it develops, but is supposedly dead on arrival. Of course we won’t believe that until after the legislative session has ended, so we’ll continue to follow it for you.

You’ll see several are hunting and sportsman related bills. While many CCDL members are also involved in hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities, they are not really gun rights issues. We follow these because there is always the chance they could become firearm related down the road.

By the way, if sportsman’s issues other then gun rights also concern you, I would urge you to join the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen.
(Full disclosure, the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen is also a plaintiff in the federal lawsuit against CT’s unconstitutional gun laws, and they are helping to raise money to fund it.)
I admit their website is very out of date, but they do have an up to date email list, which you can join here.
While the email list is free, I would encourage you to become a paid member if you can. The Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen has the only full time paid lobbyist dedicated to fighting for sportsman’s rights (that often includes gun rights) in Hartford. That means they have someone (2 people) who’s paid job it is to represent your interests in Hartford every single day. Back before CCDL existed, They were often the only ones, along with a few dedicated activists, defending your right to bear arms in CT. If general sportsman’s rights concern you like firearm rights do, check them out.

5 thoughts on “Other Bills

  1. There also is a CT Sportsmen’s Caucus that meets about every month during the session… I contacted the head of the caucus .. they have no bylaws … So, I think anyone can join. I asked to join the caucus … the caucus meets at the LOB in one of their meeting rooms and public officials frequently give testimony and answer questions from caucus members. I’d like to ask questions of these public officials and get answers..something I normally cannot extract from them otherwise.

  2. Also, there are other caucuses that have no bylaws including: house democrats, senate GOP, senate democrats, senate GOP … so I think that anyone can join any or all … and participate in their meetings. Additionally, none have filed declarations to be exempt from our FOIA Act (see 1-200(3) requirements for caucuses to be exempt from our FOIA Act’s open meeting requirements) with the secretary of state’s office (election dept. holds these if they exist) so all can at least view the caucuses as they occur.

  3. That Municipal Gun Permit bill, could get constitutional really fast, although not specifically for gun rights. Imagine is a town or city opted out of issuing permits, I can see where it could be argued that it violated the equal protection clause if it made those residents go to a state police troop or worse HQ. This is definitely one to watch.

    The drone bill is interesting, since it upgrades crimes, however it is somewhat premature in that the FAA is still trying to sort out what they will and will not allow as far as drones. If they come down as hard as they have so far, this bill will be largely useless. So far the FAA has banned package delivery and there is an ongoing case about drones being used for journalism, which is now headed for civil court.

  4. I think that we need to look at using jury nullification theory to FORCE the repeal of laws that infringe upon our rights. If on a jury, make a finding of not guilty, period. Let criminals go. If these antis are so worried about their safety, give them a worse prospect of not being able to remove actual criminals from their neighborhoods. Want criminals locked up so they don’t harm you or your children? Remove all guns laws. Until that time, we all should just let all defendants go free. If all pro-gun folks did this all gun laws would be stricken from the books very quickly. Its legal as well.

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