Upcoming Public Hearing on Gun Bills – Friday March 23rd

The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 10 A.M. in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building (LOB), 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford.

We need members to show up in force and stay united.
REMEMBER THESE BILLS ARE NOT JUST ABOUT BUMP STOCKS AND GHOST GUNS, there is more in these bills that infringe on our rights. People who oppose our rights plan to be there in large numbers.

There will be four gun related bills:

OPPOSE: H.B. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM
To ban the sale or transfer, possession, manufacturing or use of bump stocks or other accessories to increase the rate of fire of a firearm.

THIS BILL IS NOT JUST LIMITED TO BUMP STOCKS!
This bill also includes binary triggers, and anything that is constructed, manufactured, designed or intended to mechanically increase the rate of fire in ANY WAY.

OPPOSE: H.B. 5540 AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS AND THE PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS
To ban guns without serial numbers and regulate those which are sold in a form requiring the purchaser to finish assembly or that are homemade and to permit local authorities to interview immediate family members as part of a determination of an applicant’s suitability

THIS BILL WILL ALSO CHANGE THE TEMPORARY CARRY PERMIT PROCESS
It will allow local authorities to interview your immediate family members and parents or guardians before issuing applicants their permit.

SUPPORT: H.B. 5539 AN ACT CONCERNING FIREARMS IN STATE PARKS
To permit persons to carry firearms in state parks.

H.B. 5538 AN ACT CONCERNING A NONEXPIRING AMMUNITION PERMIT
To allow an option for a life-time ammunition permit.

Members are encouraged to give oral and written testimony on these bills. Speaking order will be determined by a lottery system. Lottery numbers will be drawn from 8:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB. Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list. Other CCDL members will be there to direct you.
Please submit 50 copies of written testimony to the Committee staff no later than 9:00 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB. Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing.

It is also recommended that you email your written testimony in Word or PDF format to JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov a day or two before the hearing. Many legislators prefer to read your testimony online. Be sure to also send a copy of your written testimony to your State Senator and State Representative.

Testimony should clearly state your name and the bills you are testifying on. The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the agenda. Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to have your voice heard on these issues, please email your written testimony in Word or PDF format to: JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov
Be sure to send a copy of your written testimony to your State Senator and State Representative.

If you are able attend but do NOT wish to speak or submit testimony, please come and help fill the seats with Second Amendment supporters. This hearing will likely last many hours, please consider coming even if only for a few hours.

More information
Read our Public Testimony Tip Sheet for help composing your written or in-person testimony.
Legislators would like to hear from you in your own words, but if you are stuck for ideas, here is a sample of what your testimony might look like.

4 thoughts on “Upcoming Public Hearing on Gun Bills – Friday March 23rd

  1. 5542 :would outlaw all semi-autos

    5538 😕 An ammo or other permit is not now required to buy ammo/why support this?

    5540 :and now they want to define a firearm as being a chunk of metal or wood blocks, plastic blocks, flat metalhey, best ask for serial #’s on everything you own..you could produce a AR lower from any counter-top if you wanted to. And if you want a pistol permit, you must now have a living immediate relative–single child/both parents deceased? Too bad, no permit for you. If this passes everyone should ask for 100 serial #s.

    I would stop supporting any gun law — it indicates that they can regulate guns. Plus, they’ll just take these permissions away anyhows.

    No gun law has any legal meaning. I hope no one is saying “guilty” on a jury when a defendant, evil as he/she may be, in respect to violating any gun law. They are all void.

  2. I know there’s been a lot of talk about bumpstocks (all negative) even from the right,
    Maybe your a hunter, maybe a cowboy shooter, ,maybe an archer,and your thinking who needs a bump stock? Well who needs golf cubs? Who needs a hunting rifle you can get hamburger at the grocery store? Who needs a compound or cross bow , we have other things.
    The point is some people use these to compete in sub gun matches or another events that would cost tens of thousands of dollars. Some people’s sport will be taken away for something that’s only been used one time in a shooting of record. This is exactly the incremental picking away of rights the anti gun people love, because they can get a hunter to say I don’t use it so I don’t care, well you should care because the black gun guys might not care about hunting, and the pistol guys might of care about it either,

    The strength comes from our numbers and our banding together not form selfishness. Band together and stand for gun rights as a whole or your right And your sport will likely be next on the chopping block and without FULL support of the 2a community your rights will be easily pulled from you, because it takes high numbers of voters to make someone vote against a bill that sounds good I’m theory.

    Bump stocks make guns less accurate, far less. While they are FUN in competitions, in a shooting situation they will likely result in far less casualties, thats why automatics are used solely for cover fire in war times because they do not allow for much accuracy unless on a bi pod or tri pod which a bump stock will not function on one.

    This is why it’s known as spray and pray , because you won’t likely hit much with any accuracy.

    In sub gun matches the semi auto class is far faster with far better scoring. Which only proves if your trying to hit something your better off with a semi.

    If you can’t agree to help keep from banning them, at least contact your legislators and demand that people who bought legally, be grandfathered in because people paid good hard earned money to buy a legal part, that came with a letter of legality from the BATF. Some have thousands into these items, amd their accessories.

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