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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.