Legislative Action Alert

Action Alert!

The Connecticut General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee is actively considering two gun bills right now. One bill is pro 2nd Amendment and the other bill is anti-2nd Amendment.

Hundreds of our members have already sent letters to the committee members voicing their opposition to H.B. 6200 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT.

If you have not already sent an email to the committee members, please do so.

Even more important: If your legislator is a member of the Judiciary Committee, be sure to indicate that you are their constituent in your email.

Antigun extremists are already contacting state legislators. Committee members must hear from rational lawful gun owners.

Please take a moment to contact these key committee members. Copy and paste the email below, or for a greater impact draft your own.

There will be a public hearing scheduled soon (date & time TBD). When this happens, we will need members to attend the hearing and to submit testimony.

If you have any questions, email CCDL’s Legislative Coordinator Ray Bevis at legislative@ccdl.us


Dear Judiciary Committee Member,

As a fellow resident of Connecticut, I ask that you not support a bill that will allow police to profile and stop residents that are not under suspicion of a crime.

I urge you to support the firearm reciprocity bill. Forty-two other states already have some form of reciprocity. Legal firearm owners are not the ones committing crimes and are the true firearm safety advocates.

I urge that you:

OPPOSE H.B. 6200 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT.

SUPPORT AN ACT CONCERNING PERMIT AND CERTIFICATE TO CARRY A FIREARM RECIPROCITY

Thank you for your consideration

[Insert your name]


Send your email to each of the committee members below, or you may click here to open your email client prefilled out (may not work for everyone): EMAIL COMMITTEE

William.Tong@cga.ct.gov

Steven.Stafstrom@cga.ct.gov

David.Baram@cga.ct.gov

Jeffrey.Berger@cga.ct.gov

Christine.Conley@cga.ct.gov

Jeff.Currey@cga.ct.gov

Stephanie.Cummings@housegop.ct.gov

Patricia.Dillon@cga.ct.gov

Dan.Fox@cga.ct.gov

Bob.Godfrey@cga.ct.gov

Minnie.Gonzalez@cga.ct.gov

Stephen.Harding@housegop.ct.gov

Tony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov

Bruce.Morris@cga.ct.gov

Tom.ODea@housegop.ct.gov

Robyn.Porter@cga.ct.gov

Emmett.Riley@cga.ct.gov

Joseph.Serra@cga.ct.gov

Richard.Smith@housegop.ct.gov

 

Public Hearing Alert

This Tuesday, February 14th, the Appropriations Committee will hold a state agency budget presentation with the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). The meeting is scheduled for 1:00pm in room 2C of the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Hartford. Most likely questions about the proposed permit fee hikes will be asked of DESPP Commissioner Dora Schriro at this time.

The meeting is open to the public, and CCDL is asking members to attend. We need to show legislators that gun owners are outraged at Governor Malloy’s budget proposal to raise pistol permit application and permit fees so only the rich will be able to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. We’re asking members to wear their CCDL shirts and hats to the meeting to show the legislators we’re paying attention.

Oral testimony is not required at this particular hearing, but members are still encouraged to submit written testimony. This hearing is related to the appropriations of the general funds, but it’s key to show the state that CCDL members are staying vigilant.

The afternoon part of this meeting will start at 1:00 P.M., and DESPP is scheduled to be the second speaker. This will be followed by a Public Budget Hearing at 4:30 P.M.

Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to APPtestimony@cga.ct.gov
The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the agenda. All public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information. The Committee encourages witnesses to submit a written statement and to condense oral testimony to a summary of that statement.

We’ve included some sample testimony you can use. Sample Letter

The Legislative Office Building is located at 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford.

Links:

Driving Directions

Entry to the LOB for Members of the Public (PDF)

A Guide for Testifying at Hearings

Frequently Asked Questions

HB6200 Update

THANK YOU, to the hundreds of members who took the time to respond to last night’s Action Alert.

Letting the Judiciary Committee members hear your voice in opposition to H.B.6200 ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT’ this early is key to letting the Committee know that gun owners in Connecticut are staying vigilant.

Unfortunately, the committee voted to raise this bill once again and move it closer to becoming law. The open carry bill was added to a long list of other bills which prevent it from being voted on individually. The vote passed by a voice vote, some committee members commented that their vote to raise isn’t necessarily their vote in support of any one bill on the agenda. Rep. Rob Sampson commented that the bill is unconstitutional on its face and should not even be on the agenda.

Now, that the committee voted to raise H.B.6200, the Legislative Commissioners’ Office (LCO) will draft the bill into the legal language. Once this happens we will prepare for the public hearing and public testimony stage of the process. A public hearing can happen anytime between now and the middle of March. No date has been set yet.

CCDL will continue to monitor this and keep our members updated on a public hearing date.

TIP: Start to prepare your written testimony for the hearing now and save it. Feel free to use some of the sample letters provided in last night’s Action Alert. You can also sign up through the Connecticut General Assembly website to track H.B.6200 yourself.

Carry On!
Ray Bevis
CCDL Legislative Coordinator

For more information:
Bill H.B. 6200
https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2017&bill_num=6200

Connecticut General Assembly website
https://www.cga.ct.gov

CCDL ACTION ALERT! Antigun Bill

Immediate Help Needed:

Our 2nd Amendment and 4th Amendment rights are once again being threatened here in Connecticut. The Connecticut General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee is considering raising a bill again to declare ‘open season’ on those who lawfully carry firearms. They want to allow police to stop, detain and demand permit holders to identify themselves even if all they are doing is legally carrying a firearm.

This bill (should it become actual law) will force carry permit holders to produce their permits on demand if a police officer simply sees you carrying a firearm. They want to eliminate the current law which requires a police officer to have reasonable suspicion of a crime before they can stop a permit holder and investigate.

We are asking CCDL members to contact these key members of the Judiciary Committee and request that they do not to raise this bill. This proposed law eliminates current protections against undo potential harassment.

Most police officers simply wish to investigate legitimately suspicious activity, and not harass someone who is merely carrying a firearm and minding their own business. Law enforcement officers should not be allowed to stop and frisk law-abiding citizens who are not suspected of criminal activity.

Important Note:
Police right now currently do have every right to ask individuals to produce and show a carry permit. They simply do not have the authority to demand it without someone acting in a suspicious manner. This is a very important distinction that protects your 4th amendment rights.

Please send an email tonight, and ask these legislators to OPPOSE H.B.6200
Ask them to not allow police to stop and detain lawful residents without probable cause.

Sen. Doyle, Co-Chair (prefers mail form emails)

Rep. Tong, Co-Chair

Sen. Kissel, Co-Chair

Sen. Winfield, Vice Chair (prefers mail form emails)

Sen. McLachlan, Vice Chair

Rep. Stafstrom, Vice Chair

Rep. Rebimbas, Ranking Member

Rep. Simmons

Rep. Fox

If you need suggestions on what to write, we’ve got some sample letters you can use for ideas. Click here: Sample Letters

If you have any questions, contact CCDL’s Legislative Coordinator:
Ray Bevis
Phone 860-800-2235
Email legislative@ccdl.us

New Proposed Gun Bills – January 24th

Here’s your dose of gun related bills proposed for today.

Remember, you can always see the full list of bills CCDL is tracking this year by clicking the “Pending Legislation” button near the top of the page, or bookmarking this link: www.ccdl.us/blog/2017-legislation

That page will also show the official position of the CCDL Executive Board on bills once we have one.

Proposed H.B. No. 6636 REP. DUBITSKY, 47th DIST.; REP. BOYD, 50th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING PERMIT AND CERTIFICATE TO CARRY A FIREARM RECIPROCITY’, to secure permit or certificate reciprocity between Connecticut and other states that have substantially similar standards for carrying a concealed firearm.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 6644 REP. FISHBEIN, 90th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE THRESHOLD DATE FOR CONVICTIONS FOR POSSESSION OF SMALL AMOUNTS OF MARIJUANA AS A DISQUALIFIER FOR A PISTOL PERMIT’, to change in the pistol permit section the threshold date of conviction for possession of small amounts of marijuana from October 1, 1994, to October 1, 2015, to conform with the effective date for changes made to the drug possession statute.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 6690 REP. DAUPHINAIS, 44th DIST. ‘AN ACT ALLOWING EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PROVIDERS TO CARRY A FIREARM’, to allow emergency medical services providers to carry a firearm if they have a permit.
REF. PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed H.B. No. 6694 REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST. ‘AN ACT REQUIRING A CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS CHECK FOR PERSONS WHO ENROLL IN A CLASS FOR CERTIFICATION AS EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PERSONNEL’, to require a criminal history records check for persons who enroll in a class for certification as emergency medical services personnel.
REF. PUBLIC HEALTH

Two More Bills

After some discussion, we’re adding two more proposed bills to our tracking list. Both bills deal with the sale of ivory, which may concern CCDL members since many old firearms used ivory for front sight beads, decorative inlays, or handgun grips. (Many old knives and musical instruments used ivory as well.)
These bills will also be added to the complete list of bills CCDL is tracking, which you can see by clicking the “Pending Legislation” button near the top of the page, or bookmarking this link: www.ccdl.us/blog/2017-legislation

Proposed H.B. No. 6335 REP. URBAN, 43rd DIST. ‘AN ACT PROHIBITING THE SALE OF IVORY AND RHINOCEROS HORN IN CONNECTICUT’, to minimize the illegal trade of ivory and rhinoceros horn, which may fund terrorist activities.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 6338 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE AND TRADE OF IVORY AND RHINOCEROS HORN IN THE STATE’, to prohibit the sale and trade of ivory and rhinoceros horn in the state while preserving the antiques trade in Connecticut.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

New Week – New Gun Bills

Here are the new proposed gun bills for Monday, January 23, 2017.

These are just the bills announced today. You can always see the full list of bills CCDL is tracking this year by clicking the “Pending Legislation” button near the top of the page, or bookmarking this link: www.ccdl.us/blog/2017-legislation

Proposed H.B. No. 6336 REP. LOPES, 24th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST.; SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. ‘AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE USE OF SUPPRESSORS ON HUNTING RIFLES’, to reduce hearing loss and hearing damage from firearm discharges.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 6499 REP. OHLER, 64th DIST. ‘AN ACT ALLOWING POLICE ACADEMY FIREARM TRAINING TO SATISFY THE FIREARM TRAINING COURSE REQUIREMENT FOR A FIREARM PERMIT’, to permit the completion of a minimum basic training program conducted by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection or the Police Officer Standards and Training Council to satisfy the firearms training course required for receiving a firearm permit.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S.B. No. 557 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING LOWER-POWERED RIMFIRE TARGET PISTOLS’, to allow the purchase and possession of any .22 caliber rimfire target pistol.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S.B. No. 558 SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING RIMFIRE TARGET PISTOLS’, to exclude from the definition of “assault weapon” any .22 caliber rimfire target pistol that is designed for use in target shooting.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY


CCDL is also going to try and start tracking more sportsmen related bills, since there is a lot of overlap between gun owners and sportsmen. So here are those bills we’re following.

Proposed H.B. No. 6322 REP. DAUPHINAIS, 44th DIST. ‘AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE UNLIMITED TAKING OF GAME PURSUANT TO A HUNTING LICENSE’, to remove limits on the number of game that may be taken pursuant to a hunting license.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 6336 REP. LOPES, 24th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST.; SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. ‘AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE USE OF SUPPRESSORS ON HUNTING RIFLES’, to reduce hearing loss and hearing damage from firearm discharges.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

New Gun Bills For January 20th

Sorry for the late post, I was a little busy earlier today.

Here’s the bills proposed today, January 20, 2017.
These are just the bills announced today. You can always see the full list of bills CCDL is tracking this year by clicking the “Pending Legislation” button near the top of the page, or bookmarking this link: www.ccdl.us/blog/2017-legislation

Proposed H.B. No. 6193 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFENSE OF A PERSON’S HOME, MOTOR VEHICLE OR BUSINESS’, to establish a rebuttable presumption in a self-defense claim that, when a person believes it necessary to use deadly force to repel an intruder, such belief is a reasonable belief.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 6194 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. ‘AN ACT REPEALING GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION ENACTED IN 2013’, to repeal gun control legislation enacted in 2013.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 6200 REP. SIMMONS, 144th DIST.; REP. TONG, 147th DIST.; REP. FOX, 148th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT’, to require individuals openly carrying to produce their permit if their firearm is visible and if requested by a law enforcement officer.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 6263 REP. SKULCZYCK, 45th DIST. ‘AN ACT REPEALING CERTAIN GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION’, to repeal gun control legislation enacted in 2013.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H.B. No. 6264 REP. DUBITSKY, 47th DIST.; REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. ‘AN ACT EXCLUDING RIMFIRE TARGET PISTOLS FROM THE DEFINITION OF “ASSAULT WEAPON”‘, to exclude from the definition of “assault weapon” any rimfire target pistols that are designed for use in target shooting events at the Olympic games.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY


CCDL is also going to try and start tracking more sportsmen related bills, since there is a lot of overlap between gun owners and sportsmen. So here are those bills we’re following.

Proposed S.B. No. 503 SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST. ‘AN ACT PROVIDING FOR DISCOUNTED HUNTING, TRAPPING AND FISHING LICENSES FOR CERTAIN VETERANS’, to promote activities that may assist rehabilitation and recuperation for veterans with service-connected disabilities.
REF. VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

Proposed S.B. No. 509 SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. ‘AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TO ESTABLISH A DOVE HUNTING SEASON’, to allow dove hunting in Connecticut.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Proposed S.B. No. 522 SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. ‘AN ACT AUTHORIZING BEAR HUNTING IN CONNECTICUT’, to authorize bear hunting in Connecticut.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Proposed S.B. No. 524 SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. ‘AN ACT REQUIRING THE ADOPTION OF REGULATIONS TO ESTABLISH A LIFETIME HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSE’, to establish a lifetime hunting and fishing license.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

New Bills For January 19

Bunch of new bills today. The big one to watch looks like H.B. No. 6001, which appears to be another unconstitutional “show your papers” law. CCDL and it’s members have successfully defeated this bill multiple times in the past, but the gun grabbers never give up, and neither do we.

Remember, these are just the bills announced today. You can always see the full list of bills CCDL is tracking this year by clicking the “Pending Legislation” button near the top of the page, or bookmarking this link: www.ccdl.us/blog/2017-legislation

Proposed H.B. No. 5855 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. ‘AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CARRYING OF HANDGUNS IN STATE PARKS AND FORESTS FOR PURPOSES OF SELF-DEFENSE’, to allow people to carry handguns in state parks and forests for self-defense.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 5972 REP. DUBITSKY, 47th DIST.; REP. PAVALOCK-D’AMATO, 77th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING NONLETHAL DEFENSIVE INSTRUMENTS’, to allow persons to protect themselves using nonlethal defensive instruments in conformity with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Caetano v. Massachusetts.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 6001 REP. STAFSTROM, 129th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT UPON REQUEST’, to require the holder of a permit for the carrying of any pistol or revolver to present such permit upon request of a law enforcement officer.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed S.B. No. 299 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE TRAINING OF SECURITY PERSONNEL’, to increase the minimum training requirements and establish continuing education training for armed and unarmed security officers.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY


Since there is significant overlap between the hunting and gun owner communities, This year CCDL will also be posting select sportsmen related bills for information purposes. These will be listed separate from the gun bills. Here are today’s hunting bills.

Proposed H.B. No. 5858 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. ‘AN ACT AUTHORIZING LIFETIME HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES’, to allow for the purchase of lifetime hunting and lifetime fishing licenses.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Proposed S.B. No. 284 SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST.; REP. CAMILLO, 151st DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING CECIL’S LAW’, to deter the taking of big-game animals as hunting trophies.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

New Gun Bills For January 18

Just 2 gun-related proposed bills for today.

Remember, you can always see the full list of bills CCDL is tracking this year by clicking the “Pending Legislation” button near the top of the page, or bookmarking this link: www.ccdl.us/blog/2017-legislation

That page will also show the official position of the CCDL Executive Board on bills once we have one.

Proposed H.B. No. 5813 REP. SKULCZYCK, 45th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE LOCATIONS OF FIREARMS TRAINING FACILITIES’, to limit the locations of state firearms training facilities and to direct the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection to conduct a study regarding its firearms training needs.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S.B. No. 144 SEN. GUGLIELMO, 35th DIST. ‘AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO EQUIP THE STATE POLICE WITH FIREARMS’, to provide the state police with rifles.
REF. APPROPRIATIONS