ALERT! Public Hearing On Gun Bills

ALERT! Public Hearing On Gun Bills
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS ON MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016 AT 10:30 A.M ____________________________________________________________

The Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. in room 2C of the Legislative Office Building (LOB), located at 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford.
These are important bills. We need as many members as possible to show up.  You can be certain those who want to take away your rights will be there in force.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND YOU MAY STILL SUBMIT WRITTEN TESTIMONY. *

Public speaking order will be determined by a lottery system. Lottery numbers will be drawn from 8:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. in room 2500 of the LOB. Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list.

Please submit 50 copies of written testimony to Committee staff no later than 10:00 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB. Written testimony submitted by a person which exceeds five (5) single-sided pages per bill will only be posted on the Judiciary Committee’s website at the discretion of the Judiciary Committee chairs. Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing. Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov. Testimony should clearly state testifier name and related bill numbers. Testimony is limited to matters related to the items on the agenda.

The first hour of the hearing is reserved for legislators, constitutional officers, state agency heads and chief elected municipal officials. Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony. The committee encourages witnesses to submit a written statement and to condense oral testimony to a summary of that statement. All public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information. As such, it may be made available on the Judiciary Committee’s website and indexed by internet search engines.

* IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND YOU MAY STILL SUBMIT WRITTEN TESTIMONY. Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov by 10:00 A.M. on Monday March, 14 2016.

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

BILLS BEING HEARD

Oppose  H.B. No. 5054 ‘AN ACT PROTECTING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE’
To seize Firearms, Ammunition, and Permits on all ex parte restraining orders.

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Neutral  H.B. No. 5597 ‘AN ACT PROTECTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS SEEKING RESTRAINING ORDERS’
To protect domestic violence victims through use of the risk warrant process set forth in section 29-38c of the general statutes.
*CCDL acknowledges this bill is an improvement over HB5054. However, the underlying statute that THIS act would trigger (29-38c) itself does not provide for adequate due process.

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Oppose  H.B. No. 5622 ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE AVAILABILITY OF ERASED RECORDS IN DETERMINING WHETHER A PERSON IS A SUITABLE PERSON TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER’
To allow chiefs of police, selectmen, wardens and the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners access to erased records for the purpose of determining a person’s suitability to carry a pistol or revolver.

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Oppose H.B. No. 5623 ‘AN ACT CONCERNING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING’
To increase protections for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault.

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Oppose  S.B. No. 429 ‘AN ACT CONCERNING SERVICE OF RESTRAINING ORDERS’
To provide an applicant for a restraining order with the option of selecting either a police officer or a proper officer to serve such order.

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Oppose  S.B. No. 442 ‘AN ACT CONCERNING A VICTIM’S RIGHT TO BE REASONABLY PROTECTED FROM A PERSON ACCUSED OF COMMITTING A CRIME’
To afford greater protections to crime victims.

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Legislative Action Alert!

HB 5054 ‘AN ACT PROTECTING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE’
This bill, if it becomes law, would require individuals who have been served with an ‘Ex Parte Temporary Restraining Order’ to surrender any and all firearms prior to a hearing before a judge. Firearms would be required to be surrendered within 24 hours of an individual being served with such an order.This is a bill that is similar to the one that gun owners defeated last year.

Please contact members of the Joint Committee on Judiciary and your State Legislators and ask them to oppose HB 5054.

Points to make:

  • This bill will violate ‘Due Process’ without the opportunity for a hearing prior to the forced surrender of firearms.
  • This bill violates the 2nd Amendment and CT State Constitution.
  • This bill would impose criminal penalties and fines if the 24 hour window is not met.
  • This bill has no provision for the return of legally registered “Assault Weapons” or “Large Capacity Magazines” (as now defined by state statutes). Once surrendered they may not be transferred back.
  • Firearms that are transferred to a FFL may require the recipient of an Ex Parte TRO to pay hefty transfer fees.
  • Nearly half of all Ex Parte Restraining Orders in 2014 were vacated and did not get ordered by a judge to become a Full Restraining Order.
  • Often claims of feeling threatened by an individual are false claims by a spouse or partner seeking to gain an advantage over custody or control of property.
  • There are several laws already on the books (Sec.29-38c and Sec.46b-38b) that allow seizure of firearms while addressing some of the above concerns. Opponents of those laws claim some people are afraid to involve police, but police and marshals must still be involved if this bill passes.