Senate Minority Leader Supports the 2nd Amendment, But…

Len Fasano is Connecticut’s Senate Minority Leader. In 2013 he proudly supported Governor Malloy’s gun bans. This year however, he opposed HB5054, a gun confiscation bill.
On June 15th he was a guest on 94.9fm’s Lee Elci Show. Once again, the hot topic is gun control, and Fasano had PLENTY to say on the subject.

Before we go any further, take a listen to what he had to say about gun control and so-called “assault weapons”.

Now, CCDL prides itself on our attempts to build bridges and have good relationships with legislators, and that includes Len Fasano; but uninformed responses in the media that are way off base concern us. Referring to the AR-15 sporting rifle as an “AR-16”, calling it a “machinegun” (it’s not) and discussing how it’s used by the military (it’s not) just perpetuates the wrong information and outright lies being spread by the anti-rights crowd.

As an organization, and as voting citizens of Connecticut, we do not understand why our legislators continually fixate on inanimate objects instead of tackling the root causes of these types of problems.

We also feel that those legislators taking opposing views should at least have the basic knowledge and understanding about what they are talking about. Especially one of the leaders who was part of a historical legislative session surrounding exactly this key issue. Despite his attendance at a legislators only shooting event CCDL hosted last year to educate lawmakers, Fasano STILL does not appear to understand the differences between the AR-15 available to civilians that shoots 1 bullet per pull of the trigger (exactly like granddad’s old hunting rifle), and the similar looking but functionally different fully automatic M16 rifle that is only available to military and law enforcement; not the general public.

Election time is right around the corner. It is imperative that Connecticut gun owners do everything they can to get people elected who understand our rights and will fight to protect them. Contact to your current legislators. Educate them on the FACTS about firearms. Remind them how important your rights are, and that you’ll be voting for those who 100% support those rights. Don’t vote for someone who claims to support the 2nd Amendment, but then bargains it away when it comes up for a vote.

CCDL will soon be releasing our first round of endorsements to help you in finding pro2A candidates to support. When it comes out, PLEASE find at least one candidate you can donate some time/money toward.
Our rights depend on it!

DESPP Letter

A story has been going around the last few days supposedly about a confiscation letter (reprinted below) from the state going out to gun owners. CCDL was first sent a copy of that letter in early January. At that time, we were unable to find a single gun owner who had actually received the letter, so we kept it on the back burner. Well, a few days ago for some reason that letter turned up again, and this time it went viral. Some websites claim to have audio of State Police Spokesman Lt. Paul Vance admitting the letter is legit. Now, I don’t know if the letter is real or not. What I do know is that it is now almost 2 months past the deadline to register so called “assault weapons” and “large capacity magazines”, and we still don’t know of a single legitimate gun owner who has received this letter. Every story has started with “I have a friend who knows somebody……”.

We also have it from reliable sources that although DESPP did indeed draft a letter like this (they would not say if this was the actual text or not), as of right now it has not (yet) been sent to a single gun owner. We do know that people who submitted wrong or incomplete registrations are being contacted and given the chance to correct the mistakes.

So basically, at best the stories going around are inaccurate and/or misleading at this time. Perhaps the reason this letter went viral is we all know that sooner or later (most likely later, like after the November elections) a letter like this will go out. We have a letter from DESPP Commissioner Dora B. Schriro that says as much (also reprinted below). If/when anyone DOES actually get one of these letters, be sure to let us know.

Registration Forms

Just in case you want to rush out and register your scary “assault weapons” and so-called “large capacity magazines” six months before you have to……….
the DESPP finally has the forms to do so (no word on when the long gun and ammo permits will be available).

Assault Weapon Registration Form (pdf)

Large Capacity Magazine Declaration Form (pdf)

New Amendments To SB1160

You thought just because SB1160 was already signed into law as Public Act 13-3 that they were done with it?
NOPE.

According to the bill listing for Raised Bill SB1094 on the Connecticut General Assembly website there are two brand new amendments that actually modify SB1160/Public Act 13-3.
Senate LCO Amendment #8513 [pdf]
Senate LCO Amendment #7936 [pdf]

It looks to me they are trying to correct some of the mistakes they made. On a quick skim of the amendments I see clarification about banned items purchased but not delivered prior to the new law, what appears to be an exemption for high-end rimfire target pistols, and what seemed to be clarification that the new law does not apply to firearms purchased with a Federally-issued firearms collector’s license (C&R/FFL03) There also seems to be clarifications on exemptions for law enforcement and state agencies.

New Law Bans High End .22 Target Pistols

This is just another inconsistency in Public Act 13-3 (formerly SB1160). A CCDL member sent this to Governor Malloy, who thinks he’ll get a reply?

Governor Malloy,

I have been shooting bullseye competition pistol for almost 15 years in Connecticut. This sport involves shooting paper targets with a .22lr target pistol. For those not familiar with the .22lr cartridge, it is a tiny weak cartridge designed to put small holes in paper and tin cans.

SB1160 clarifies that .22lr rifles would not be classified as assault weapons under the single feature rule (most likely recognizing the intent and extreme limitations of this cartridge), but there was no similar language for .22lr pistols.

With this bill my .22lr target pistol I shot in competitions (see below photo) will be considered an assault weapon simply because the magazine is inserted forward of the grip. All high end .22lr competition target pistols have the magazine located forward of the grip to enhance balance. This bill will effectively destroy competitive bullseye pistol shooting in CT.

My wife is an up and coming competitive target shooter and will now not be allowed to upgrade to this next level of pistol as her skills improve.

Please explain to me how classifying my .22lr target pistol as an “assault weapon” helps protect the people of Connecticut.

Please explain to me why there are provisions for .22lr rifles to not fall under the single feature rule yet no provisions to prevent .22lr target pistols from falling under the same rule.

If this makes no sense to you as well, what can be done to revise SB1160 to keep these pistols designed and used only for target shooting from being incorrectly classified as “assault weapons”?

I eagerly await your reply.

Assault Weapons

So, the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP, formerly known as the DPS; Department of Public Safety) has updated their website on assault weapons. It includes a list of all the newly banned firearms, as well as the application for the assault weapon certificate that will be required by 2014 for every firearm on that list. Still no word what that application will cost, or if the newly minted “assault weapon” will have to be presented for inspection.

Assault Weapons

Section 53-202a of the Connecticut General Statutes gives the definition, and an itemized list of what weapons are considered Assault Weapons. 

Definition.  (1) Any selective-fire firearm capable of fully automatic, semiautomatic or burst fire at the option of the user or any of the following specified semiautomatic firearms:

 List of Assault Weapons

 Assault Weapon Certificate Application

 Assault Weapon Transfer Form


Who may possess Assault Weapons in Connecticut?

Law enforcement and military personnel may possess Assault Weapons in connection with their official duties, and any person who has a Certificate of Possession issued by the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit may possess the Assault Weapon listed on their certificate.

Can I get a Certificate of Possession for my Assault Weapon now?

Yes, a Certificate of Possession must be obtained prior to January 1, 2014 The only exceptions to this would be a person who has been out of state serving in the military prior to October 1994, or a person who receives an Assault Weapon through bequeath or intestate succession providing the weapon already had a certificate. In these instances, the person has 90 days to register the weapon with the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit

I just moved into Connecticut and I possess an Assault Weapon. May I keep the weapon or if not what are my options?

Within 90 days of moving to Connecticut, you may sell the weapon to any licensed gun dealer, or you must do one of the following;

1) render the weapon permanently inoperable,
2) sell it to an out of state dealer,
3) relinquish the weapon to a law enforcement agency.

If you choose to keep the weapon you risk felony arrest.

I never registered my Assault Weapon, What are my options?

After January 1, 2014 you can only render it permanently inoperable, sell the assault weapon to a federally licensed gun dealer or relinquish it to a law enforcement agency.

Can Connecticut gun dealers buy or sell Assault Weapons?

A licensed gun dealer may purchase any Assault Weapon that has a Certificate of Possession, or any Assault weapon that has been transferred into Connecticut as part of someone’s personal belongings for less than 90 days. The dealer may then sell them to other dealers, law enforcement agencies, or out of state.

Can Police Officers buy Assault Weapons?

No. Police Departments can buy them and give them to their officers to use, although the individual officers cannot buy Assault Weapons.