2015 Pending Legislation

Here are all the bills CCDL is currently tracking, along with their current status and our position.

Green=SUPPORT     Red=OPPOSE     Blue=NO POSITION

You may download a pdf version to print out here: CCDL-pending-Legislation.pdf

Bill # Summary Status Notes
HB05069 To reduce domestic violence. 2015-01-07 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary
2015/02/07 – This bill has obvious Constitutional issues; specifically with the 14th Amendment
HB05146 To allow persons to carry handguns in state parks and state forests for the purpose of self-defense. 2015-01-09 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Environment
2015/02/07 – Lawful gun owners should not be defenseless while visiting taxpayer-funded state parks and forests
HB05196 To repeal gun control legislation enacted in 2013. 2015-01-09 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary
2015/02/07 – This bill would repeal Public Act 13-3, which CCDL maintains is unlawful and unconstitutional.
HB05200 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. 2015-01-09 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary
2015/02/07 – People should have an explicit right to defend themselves while on or in their own property
HB05222 To provide that any applicant for a state or temporary state permit to carry a pistol or revolver be disqualified from receiving such permit if such applicant has been convicted of a criminal offense in another state or subdivision of the United States, the essential elements of which are the same as a disqualifying criminal offense for such permit under section 29-28 of the general statutes. 2015-01-09 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security
HB05223 To prohibit the Governor or any municipality from restricting lawful possession of a firearm or ammunition during a civil preparedness emergency. 2015-01-09 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security
2015/02/07 – Your right to defend yourself should not be restricted when you may need it most.
HB05224 To secure firearm permit or certificate reciprocity between Connecticut and other states that have substantially similar standards for carrying a concealed firearm. 2015-01-09 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security
2015/02/07 – We have reciprocity with other states for the privilege of driving a car, we should have the same reciprocity for the right to carry a firearm
HB05225 To specify uniform criteria for an application for a temporary state permit to carry a pistol or revolver. 2015-01-09 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security
2015/02/07 – While it is already the State’s opinion that local issuing authorities may not modify the criteria to obtain a permit, this would codify that opinion into law.
HB05295 To establish a nonrefundable personal income tax credit of up to one hundred fifty dollars for the purchase of gun safes for personal use. 2015-01-13 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding
2015/02/07 – This provides a financial incentive to store firearms in a safe, and also assists those who may not be financially able to afford a safe.
HB05381 To encourage a person to voluntarily admit himself or herself to a hospital for psychiatric disabilities by not disqualifying such person from receiving a firearm permit or certificate based solely on such voluntary admission. 2015-01-14 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security
2015/02/07 – People will be unlikely to voluntarily seek help if doing so automatically results in their right to keep and bear arms taken away
HB05534 To establish an online renewal process for firearm permits and ammunition certificates. 2015-01-16 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security
2015/02/07 – This would ease the permit renewal process for both gun owners and DESPP
HB05641 To allow for waiver of certain gun safety courses for veterans. 2015-01-20 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
HB05695 To prohibit the use of firearms on private property to kill domestic animals. 2015-01-21 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Environment
2015/02/07 – A firearm is a commonly used and humane way to put down sick or critically injured animals
HB06045 To allow hunters to protect themselves while hunting. 2015-01-22 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Environment
2015/02/07 – Gun owners should not have to be disarmed because they are hunting with a bow.
HB06199 To grant parole officers access to the state-wide firearms database. 2015-01-22 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary
HB06301 To protect the public by creating a system that identifies individuals who should not be permitted to possess or purchase firearms due to psychiatric or psychological disorder. 2015-01-22 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security
2015/02/07 – Redundant – There are already systems in place to check this information
HB06302 To require the safe storage of firearms. 2015-01-22 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security
2015/02/07 – This bill is in direct violation of the SCOTUS ruling in Heller, which says you may not require arms used for self-defense to be kept disassembled or locked
HB06306 To limit the time frame during which firearm permit appeals must be heard by the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners. 2015-01-22 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security
2015/02/07 – One should not have to wait 2-3yrs to have a hearing concerning a constitutional right. We would prefer the time limit to be 90 days, but 120 days is a good start.
HB06493 To expand background checks in Connecticut to include a nation-wide background check. 2015-01-23 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security
2015/02/07 – Redundant – this is already part of the NICS background check
HB06495 To permit a person whose firearms permit was wrongfully revoked to have such permit reinstated without having to go through an additional administrative appeals process. 2015-01-23 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security
2015/02/07 – If the courts decide a permit was wrongfully revoked, a person should get the permit back immediately, instead of having to wait 2-3yrs for another hearing.
HB06496 To allow for the sale of firearms and ammunition to out-of-state purchasers by providing reciprocity of firearm credentials between Connecticut and other states that have substantially similar or higher standards for carrying a firearm and purchasing ammunition. 2015-01-23 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security
2015/02/07 – This would allow visiting sportsman to purchase ammo while in CT. Purchasers would still be bound by all federal laws and the laws of their home state regarding firearm purchases.
HB06497 To allow any person who moves into Connecticut to register an assault weapon or declare possession of a large capacity magazine. 2015-01-23 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security
2015/02/07 – We are strongly opposed to requiring people to register firearms and magazines based upon cosmetic features or capacity.
HB06581 To require the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection to abide by the regulatory review process to implement gun control policies. 2015-01-26 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security
2015/02/07 – current wording is too vague to take a position on
HB06582 To extend the deadline for registering an assault weapon and declaring possession of a large capacity magazine. 2015-01-26 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security
2015/02/07 – We oppose registering firearms/mags based on cosmetic features or capacity. This would also require people to admit they had been committing a crime for the past year+, which might then be used against them.
SB00056 To provide a court with the authority to enter an order concerning a respondent’s temporary transfer of firearms upon the issuance of a restraining order, civil protection order or family violence protective order against such respondent. 2015-01-13 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary
2015/02/07 – We oppose removing a person’s constitutional rights or property without due process
SB00075 To require that any applicant for a firearm permit receive hands-on practice in the use of firearms. 2015-01-14 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security
2015/02/07 – We support proper firearm training, and we feel that effective training requires in-person instructon
SB00078 To provide funding to the state-wide firearms trafficking task force to reduce the number of illegal guns on the streets. 2015-01-15 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Appropriations
2015/02/07 – While we have supported this in the past, since Public Act 13-3 we have concerns this would be used against gun owners who had legally purchased items and are not aware these items are now illegal under a law that is often unclear and confusing
SB00149 To facilitate the purchase of shotgun shells by hunters. 2015-01-26 / Introduced
Change of Reference, House to Committee on Public Safety and Security
2015/02/07 – We oppose the arbitrary removal of the permit requirement for some ammo and not others. All ammunition should be permit-free. It is already a federal crime for felons to possess any type ammunition.
SB00645 To clarify the statutes concerning definitions and classifications of weapons. 2015-01-23 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary
2015/02/07 – Current wording too vague to take a position at this time
SB00650 To provide greater protection to applicants who are granted temporary restraining orders by Connecticut courts. 2015-01-23 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary
2015/02/07 – We oppose removing a person’s constitutional rights or property without due process
SB00801 To prevent gun control by municipalities. 2015-01-26 / Introduced
Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security
2015/02/07 – Gun laws should be standardized within the state. Town borders are rarely clearly marked, and a patchwork of 169 different town laws would be virtually impossible to follow.

 

10 thoughts on “2015 Pending Legislation

  1. If any law is passed by the Connecticut General Assembly and signed by the Governor that is later found to be a violation of the Constitutional rights of it’s citizens, the State of Connecticut SHALL be dissolved and it’s government be abolished. It’s territory would remain under the oversight of the United States. To impose proper sanctions on State of Connecticut for crimes against its citizens.

    • Richard, these are the list of proposed bills by individual legistaors. Proposed bills have no formal wording, in most cases the legislator just writes a couple of lines about the purpose of the bill. Then the bill gets refered to the appropriate committee, were the wording can be change, bills combined, or dead on arrival. About 70% of proposed bills will never make it to the floor for a vote, becasue all bills have to come out, be approved, and have a public hearings at the committee level first, on the odd year sessions. This chart show the bill number for example S.B.XXX, the title of the bill, the committee it was referred to, CCDL notes, and are color coded. Green meaning CCDL supports the bill, Red CCDL opposes it, blue meaning CCDL has no position at this time. As a grassroot orginzation it is imperative that we stay vigilant and contact our legislators / committee members about these issues and let them know how we feel about these bills. Hope this clarifies it a little, it can be confusing. Here is a great flow chart that shows the step by step process of how a bill becomes a law in CT. http://www.cga.ct.gov/html/bill.pdf

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