March 11th Public Hearing

The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building (LOB).  Public speaker 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 any day prior to the hearing but no later than 10:00 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB.  Written testimony submitted by a person(s) or organization(s) which exceeds five (5) single-sided pages per bill or resolution 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 Bills. The Committee requests that testimony be 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.  Unofficial sign-up sheets have no standing with the Committee.  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.

Here are the 3 bills being heard that we are concerned with. CCDL opposes all three.

State Bill # Reason Summary Status
CT HB06848 Changed An Act Protecting Victims Of Domestic Violence. 2015-03-06
Public Hearing 03/11
CT HB06962 Changed An Act Concerning Firearm Safety. 2015-03-06
Public Hearing 03/11
CT SB00650 Changed An Act Concerning Temporary Restraining Orders. 2015-03-06
Public Hearing 03/11

You might want to review our earlier posts about how to compose your testimony, and how the process works. Testimony Tip Sheet.
Be sure to read the proposed bills carefully, and put forth accurate arguments in your testimony. If you need help, post a comment here, or if you are on Facebook, join the CCDL Group and we’ll help you tweak your testimony.

Directions to the Legislative Office Building (LOB) may be found here.

New Bill

Been awhile since we had a new proposed gun bill, but they obviously are not done.

H.B. No. 6962 (RAISED) JUDICIARY . ‘AN ACT CONCERNING FIREARM SAFETY’, to amend provisions concerning the safe storage of firearms and associated liability and penalties to be applicable to the storage of unloaded firearms and to extend liability to any person, rather than just minors or residents ineligible to possess a firearm, and to provide for additional oversight by the court governing the return of firearms or ammunition seized from a person considered to present a risk of imminent physical danger to himself or herself or another.
REF. JUDICIARY

To see ALL the gun bills for this legislative session, click here.

Proposed Bills For January 26

Proposed H.B. No. 6581 REP. MINER, 66th DIST. ‘AN ACT REQUIRING THE ADOPTION OF FIREARM REGULATIONS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION’, to require the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection to abide by the regulatory review process to implement gun control policies.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H.B. No. 6582 REP. MINER, 66th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING AN ASSAULT WEAPON AND DECLARING POSSESSION OF A LARGE CAPACITY MAGAZINE’, to extend the deadline for registering an assault weapon and declaring possession of a large capacity magazine.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S.B. No. 801 SEN. KISSEL, 7th DIST. ‘AN ACT PROHIBITING LOCAL REGULATION OF FIREARMS’, to prevent gun control by municipalities.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

To see ALL the gun bills for this legislative session, click here.

New Proposed Bills – January 23

Proposed H.B. No. 6493 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING BACKGROUND CHECKS’, to expand background checks in Connecticut to include a nation-wide background check.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H.B. No. 6495 REP. FRANCE, 42nd DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING REINSTATEMENT OF FIREARMS PERMITS’, 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.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H.B. No. 6496 REP. MINER, 66th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION TO OUT-OF-STATE PURCHASERS’, 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.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H.B. No. 6497 REP. MINER, 66th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGISTRATION OF ASSAULT WEAPONS AND POSSESSION OF LARGE CAPACITY MAGAZINES BY PERSONS WHO MOVE INTO CONNECTICUT’, to allow any person who moves into Connecticut to register an assault weapon or declare possession of a large capacity magazine.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S.B. No. 645 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING DEFINITIONS OF “DEADLY WEAPON” AND “DANGEROUS INSTRUMENT”‘, to clarify the statutes concerning definitions and classifications of weapons.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed S.B. No. 650 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST.; SEN. BYE, 5th DIST.; SEN. BARTOLOMEO, 13th DIST.; SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST.; SEN. COLEMAN, 2nd DIST.; SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST.; SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST.; SEN. FLEXER, 29th DIST.; SEN. LARSON, 3rd DIST.; SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS’, to provide greater protection to applicants who are granted temporary restraining orders by Connecticut courts.
REF. JUDICIARY

To see ALL the gun bills for this legislative session, click here.

Proposed Gun Bills for January 22

Proposed H.B. No. 6045 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. ‘AN ACT AUTHORIZING BOW HUNTERS TO CARRY HANDGUNS FOR PERSONAL PROTECTION FROM PREDATORY ANIMALS’, to allow hunters to protect themselves while hunting.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 6199 REP. ORANGE, 48th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO THE STATE-WIDE DATABASE BY PAROLE OFFICERS’, to grant parole officers access to the state-wide firearms database.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 6301 REP. CARTER, 2nd DIST. ‘AN ACT CREATING A DATABASE OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PROHIBITED FROM PURCHASING OR POSSESSING A FIREARM DUE TO PSYCHIATRIC OR PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDER’, 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.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H.B. No. 6302 REP. CARTER, 2nd DIST.; SEN. HWANG, 28th DIST. ‘AN ACT REQUIRING THE SAFE STORAGE OF FIREARMS’, to require the safe storage of firearms.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H.B. No. 6306 REP. FRANCE, 42nd DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE FIREARM PERMIT APPEALS PROCESS’, to limit the time frame during which firearm permit appeals must be heard by the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

To see ALL the gun bills for this legislative session, click here.

 

Proposed Bills For January 21

Here’s our almost daily update on newly proposed gun-related legislation.

Proposed H.B. No. 5695 REP. CASE, 63rd DIST. ‘AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF FIREARMS TO SHOOT OR KILL A DOMESTIC ANIMAL ON PRIVATE PROPERTY ABSENT THE NEED FOR SELF DEFENSE’, to prohibit the use of firearms on private property to kill domestic animals.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

To see ALL the gun bills for this legislative session, click here.

Proposed Bills For January 20

Today is a federal and state holiday, so the legislature is not in session today. However, since they’ve already submitted tomorrow’s bills, we’ll give you those a day early.

Proposed H.B. No. 5641 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. ‘AN ACT WAIVING FIREARM TRAINING COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN VETERANS’, to allow for waiver of certain gun safety courses for veterans.
REF. VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

Proposed S.B. No. 149 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE REQUIREMENT FOR AN AMMUNITION OR GUN PERMIT FOR THE PURCHASE OF SHOTGUN SHELLS’, to facilitate the purchase of shotgun shells by hunters.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

To see ALL the gun bills for this legislative session, click here.

Gun Bill For January 16

Happy Friday! Just one gun-related bill proposed today, and it’s not a bad one.

Proposed H.B. No. 5534 REP. MULLIGAN, 55th DIST. ‘AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN ONLINE RENEWAL PROCESS FOR FIREARM PERMITS AND CERTIFICATES’, to establish an online renewal process for firearm permits and ammunition certificates.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

To see ALL the gun bills for this legislative session, click here.

New Proposed Bills for January 15

Just one for today:

Proposed S.B. No. 78 SEN. GUGLIELMO, 35th DIST. ‘AN ACT PROVIDING FUNDING FOR THE STATE-WIDE FIREARMS TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE’, to provide funding to the state-wide firearms trafficking task force to reduce the number of illegal guns on the streets.
REF. APPROPRIATIONS

To see ALL the gun bills for this legislative session, click here.