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

Free Legislative Workshops

The 2017 legislative session is well under way. As in years past, gun owners will be needed to support or oppose various proposed laws related to your rights.

CCDL invites all that are interested in preserving our 2nd Amendment rights in Connecticut to attend one of our FREE workshops. These workshops are designed to educate gun owners about legislative action.

At these FREE workshops you will learn:

  • Learn about the legislative process and any pending gun bills
  • Tips for communicating with your legislators
  • How to prepare written testimony
  • How to submit your testimony
  • How to testify at a public hearing effectively
  • How to track gun bills
  • How to become proactive and vigilant
  • Much more!

These events are free and open to CCDL members and anyone who supports our right to bear arms. Bring you friends!

Host: New Haven Sportsman’s Club
Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017
Time: 10:00am -12:00pm
Location: New Haven Sportsman’s Club
4158 Durham Rd, Guilford, CT

Host: Windsor Marksmen’s Association
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Suffield VFW Post 9544
972 Sheldon ST, Suffield, CT
(downstairs meeting hall)

For more information, email Ray Bevis: legislative@ccdl.us

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

New Gun Bill For January 16th

Just one new proposed bill for 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. 5769 REP. FLOREN, 149th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING ELIGIBILITY FOR A PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER’, 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.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

New Bills For Friday the 13th

Just a few new bills today. Remember, this are only proposed bills at this time. They will be referred to the appropriate committees where they may undergo significant changed before going for a vote, or they may be killed completely. Even the good ones need to be watched carefully.

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. 5597 REP. SKULCZYCK, 45th DIST. ‘AN ACT PROVIDING FIREARMS TO THE STATE POLICE’, to provide the state police with rifles.
REF. APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed H.B. No. 5672 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. ‘AN ACT RECOGNIZING LICENSES TO CARRY FIREARMS ISSUED BY OTHER STATES’, to recognize permits or licenses to carry a firearm issued by other states that have substantially similar standards for carrying a firearm.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H.B. No. 5673 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR A TEMPORARY STATE PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR A REVOLVER’, to specify uniform criteria for an application for a temporary state permit to carry a pistol or revolver.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S.B. No. 118 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OF AMMUNITION AT GUN CLUBS AND FIREARM RANGES’, to permit gun clubs and firearm ranges to sell ammunition for use at such club or range.
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’s today’s hunting bill.

Proposed H.B. No. 5614 REP. CUMMINGS, 74th DIST. ‘AN ACT ALLOWING SUNDAY HUNTING ON PRIVATE LANDS’, to allow Sunday hunting on private lands.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Here We Go! 1st Gun Bills Of 2017

The 2017 Connecticut state legislative regular session started January 4th and Adjourns June 7th. The first few days are mostly formalities, but now we’re starting to see the first proposed gun bills coming out. Remember, these are just proposed bills right now, but this is the best time to kill the bad ones and prevent them from moving ahead, or voice your support for the good ones.

CCDL is also going to try to start tracking more sportsmen related bills, since there is a lot of overlap between gun owners and sportsmen. You’ll see those bills listed after the gun bills.

These are just the bills announced today. You can always see the FULL list of bills CCDL is tracking 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. 5513 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. ‘AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT AGAINST THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX FOR THE PURCHASE OF A GUN SAFE’, to establish a tax credit, not to exceed one hundred fifty dollars, against the personal income tax for the purchase of a gun safe for a taxpayer’s personal use.
REF. FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H.B. No. 5570 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. ‘AN ACT REMOVING VOLUNTARY ADMISSION TO A HOSPITAL FOR PSYCHIATRIC DISABILITIES AS A REASON TO DENY A FIREARM PERMIT OR CERTIFICATE’, 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.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H.B. No. 5571 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING FIREARMS DURING A CIVIL PREPAREDNESS EMERGENCY’, to prohibit the Governor or any municipality from restricting lawful possession of a firearm or ammunition during a civil preparedness emergency.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S.B. No. 73 SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE POSSESSION OF HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES BY RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS’, to allow retired law enforcement officers to possess high-capacity magazines.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S.B. No. 74 SEN. KISSEL, 7th DIST. ‘AN ACT PROHIBITING LOCAL REGULATION OF FIREARMS’, to prevent the regulation of firearms by municipalities.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY


Proposed H.B. No. 5495 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. ‘AN ACT WAIVING HUNTING LICENSE FEES FOR BOW AND ARROW HUNTERS WHO ARE SIXTY-FIVE AND OLDER’, to waive hunting license fees for certain senior citizens who hunt by bow and arrow.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 5499 REP. SKULCZYCK, 45th DIST. ‘AN ACT AUTHORIZING SUNDAY HUNTING ON PRIVATE LANDS’, to allow Sunday hunting on private lands.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Help Needed – Olympic Competition Pistols in Jeopardy

Action Needed (Deadline January 13th):
The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) has proposed regulatory language regarding pistols commonly used for Olympic competition. The purpose of the regulation is to identify and designate certain pistols as being designed of use in Olympic competition. Without such a designation, these pistols are considered to be “assault weapons” by the State, and regulated and restricted as such under Public Acts 13-3 and 13-220.

CCDL is asking our members to submit a brief comment for the purpose of helping potential Olympians legally obtain certain firearms that are required for training and competition.

Currently there are two issues with proposed regulatory language that would likely affect would-be Olympians. The language in question is here:

53-202b-5(a)

6. The name of the organization for which the purchaser competes in target shooting events at the Olympic Games;

9. A requirement that the applicant attach evidence of participation, or an intent to participate, in target shooting practice and events sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee and USA Shooting, or any subsequent corresponding governing board for internal shooting competition in the United States.

How You Can Help:
The DESPP currently has an open period for the public to comment on these proposed regulations.
Please click on this link to the comment page: https://eregulations.ct.gov/eRegsPortal/Search/Comment?TrackingNumber=PR2016-020

  • Fill out your Name, Email Address and Town.
  • In the Comments section, copy and paste all of following text in full and press Submit:

As referenced in proposed language Sec. 53-202b-5(a) 6
This section would simply create one more obstacle for target shooters who wish to train and possibly participate in national and international sanctioned competitions to have access to the required type of firearm. Please delete this section from proposed regulatory addition.

As referenced in proposed language: Sec. 53-202b-5(a) 9
Please modify the State Agencies Regulations to allow that persons who wish to train with Olympic Match Pistols not be required to produce evidence of participation by either the International Olympic Committee, USA Shooting or other entities. A personal affidavit signed by an interested party should be sufficient. This should be deemed logical, on the premise that without access to these types of pistols in the first place, a person cannot suitably train and obtain the skills needed to qualify for such national or international competitions.

Press Release – Proposed Olympic Pistol Regulations

01/03/2016
For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest gun rights organization) is opposed to some of the regulatory recommendations from the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection that pertain to Olympic Competition Pistols. The firearms in question fell under the State’s definition of assault weapons when amended language was passed under Public Act 13-3 and 13-220.

CCDL notes that there are just 10 days to enter public comments to try to get DESPP to factor in their objections to the regulatory changes.

Statement from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“There are two parts of the proposed language changes that would likely impact would-be Olympic target shooters. First off, Sec. 53-202b-5(a) 6 is an unnecessary burden that creates another obstacle for an Olympic hopeful to obtain these very expensive and calibrated pieces of equipment. These types of guns are never used to commit violent crimes”.

“The second more troubling issue with the language is Sec. 53-202b-5(a) 9. This language essentially states that unless you are already sanctioned by the Olympic Committee or some other national or international committee, you cannot get the approval to possess one of these firearms. How does one train to become an Olympic-level competitor without access to the equipment needed in the first place? It’s a dreadful Catch 22”.

Wilson also stated:

“It is important to point out that these firearms would still be regulated by all other state and federal law. We feel applying “assault weapon” definitions to these extremely rare and specialized types of firearms is pointless”.

–End–

About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to over 25,000 members from across the state.
Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.
As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit: http://www.ccdl.us

8th Anniversary Dinner

Where does the time go? Come celebrate CCDL’s 8th anniversary with a dinner event to be held February 18th, 2017 at the Aquaturf Club in Plantsville. Relax, enjoy a meal, and share a well deserved night out.
We’ve added over 25,000 members since that first dinner, come pat yourselves on the back.

Tickets may be purchased at our monthly meeting or online, and you must show your ticket at the door to gain entry.
Tickets are $57 per person when ordered online in our web store. Tickets ordered online will not be shipped. They will be held at the door under the name used to order them.

Dinner will be buffet style, salad and cheese tables are on the menu as well. This event is 4pm-9pm, with dinner to start at 5:30. We will have some speakers, but not TOO many! This is a night to sit back and enjoy a well deserved meal. Bring some cash for raffle tickets and the bar! All lawful forms of carry are permitted and encouraged, but remember the Aquaturf does serve alcohol. Please carry (and drink) responsibly.

The Aquaturf is located at 556 Mulberry st, Plantsville CT, 06479. Their phone number is 860-621-9335.

Or download the flyer here: CCDL Anniversary dinner 2017(pdf)