ALERT! Public Hearing On Gun Bills

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016
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The Public Safety and Security Committee will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Hartford. Sign-up for the hearing will begin 9:00 A.M. and conclude at 10:00 A.M. in Room 2E of the LOB. Please submit 35 copies (bring a few extra) of written testimony to committee staff at 9:00 A.M. in Room 2E of the LOB. Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing.

Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to pstestimony@cga.ct.gov. 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 will be made available on the CGA website and indexed by internet search engines.
If you have any questions email Ray Bevis, CCDL Legislative Coordinator at legislative@ccdl.us

BILLS BEING HEARD
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Oppose: H.B. No. 5408 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT.
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.

This bill (if it becomes Law) would remove the requirement for a person to be under ‘suspicion of a crime’ and compel individuals produce a permit to carry firearms upon request. Currently, a sworn officer needs reasonable suspicion of a crime being committed in order to request a permit to be produced. This is similar to the need for reasonable suspicion to pull an automobile over.

 

Support: H.B. No. 5409 AN ACT CONCERNING APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR A TEMPORARY STATE PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR A REVOLVER.
To create uniform criteria for the issuance of a temporary state permit to carry a pistol or revolver.

This bill (if it becomes Law) would remove the ability for local local issuing authorities to ask for additional information beyond what is already required by state Statute (29-28). This would mean that applicants in every municipality would have the same standard for requirements  when applying for a permit to carry firearms.

 

No Position: S.B. No. 20 AN ACT CONCERNING CARRYING A FIREARM WHILE INTOXICATED OR UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL.
To lower the alcohol in blood ratio from .100 to .080

This bill (if it becomes Law) would lower the blood alcohol level to .08; the same as it is for drunk driving.

 

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Senator Beth Bye Press Conference – 3/22/2013

UPDATE! The press conference has been moved. New time and date below!

Anti-gun state senator Beth Bye will be holding a press conference with equally anti-gun groups Connecticut Against Gun Violence and Newtown Alliance.

The press conference will be held Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 10:30am in room 2D Friday, March 22, 2013 at 2:00pm in room 1B of the Legislative Office Building (LOB). You can be sure whatever this group has to say will be about restricting the rights of lawful gun owners.

The press conference also seems to be timed for right before the next meeting of the Public Safety and Security Committee (11am, room 1E), where they will be voting on more bills. The agenda of that meeting has not been made public yet. I’ll put up another post when it is.

I know we’ve been spending a LOT of time at the LOB already, but if anyone has some free time, it would be good to attend.

Committee Bills Move Ahead

Yesterday the Public Safety and Security Committee met to vote on a list of bills. Included were some of the bills CCDL members testified on last week. These were the bills the committee felt had the most bipartisan support, or more likely just the least opposition. All were voted out of committee, so it’s probable they will come up for a full vote at some point. Make sure to keep reminding your local legislators that you oppose these and ANY further restrictions on our rights.

S.B. No. 506 (COMM) AN ACT REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL PRIVATE FIREARM SALES. 

S.B. No. 710 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING PERMITS FOR GUN SHOWS.

S.B. No. 897 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING REGULATION OF FIREARMS.

CT-N TV Today

CT-N, the Connecticut Network, will be live streaming both the Public Safety and Security Committee meeting from 11am until 1pm, and the Insurance and Real Estate Committee public hearing from 12 noon until it ends.

You can find links to both here: http://ct-n.com/daily_schedule.asp
Feel free to comment on this post as you watch these 2 meetings.

Public Safety and Security Committee Meeting 3/19/2013

Tuesday, while you’re waiting to testify on the insurance bill, you might want to head over to the room next door and listen in on this meeting. The bills in bold are the ones we’re interested in. If you don’t know what “JF’ed” means, I added a quick explanation at the end of this post.

Public Safety and Security Committee
MEETING AGENDA
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
11:00 AM IN ROOM 2B OF THE LOB

I. CONVENE MEETING

II. REMARKS BY THE CHAIRS

III. BILLS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR FINAL ACTION

1. S.B. No. 299 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING COMMUNICATION AMONG STATE AND LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS DURING ACTIVE SHOOTER INCIDENTS. (PS,PS) (JF to Floor)

2. S.B. No. 506 (COMM) AN ACT REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL PRIVATE FIREARM SALES. (PS,PS) (JF to Floor)

3. S.B. No. 709 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING THE SILVER ALERT SYSTEM AND MAINTAINING THE PRIVACY OF A MISSING PERSON’S MEDICAL INFORMATION. (PS,PS) (JF to Floor)

4. S.B. No. 710 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING PERMITS FOR GUN SHOWS. (PS,PS) (JFS to Floor)

5. S.B. No. 897 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING REGULATION OF FIREARMS. (PS) (JF to Floor)

6. S.B. No. 929 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING CONSOLIDATION FUNCTIONS AND OPERATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSTRUCTION SERVICES AND REGULATING SPECIAL EFFECTS DISPLAYS. (PS) (JFS to Floor)

7. S.B. No. 969 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING FEES CHARGED FOR CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS CHECKS. (PS) (JF to FIN)

8. H.B. No. 5113 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING POOL SAFETY AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS. (PS,PS) (JFS to Floor)

9. H.B. No. 5117 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING INCREASED PENALTIES FOR FAILING TO STOP FOR SCHOOL CROSSING GUARDS. (PS,PS) (JF to JUD)

10. H.B. No. 5277 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING MIXED MARTIAL ARTS. (PS,PS) (JFS to Floor)

11. H.B. No. 5278 (COMM) AN ACT AUTHORIZING FIREFIGHTERS TO CONDUCT CHARITABLE FUNDRAISING BOOT DRIVES ON STATE HIGHWAYS. (PS,PS) (JF to Floor)

12. H.B. No. 6015 (COMM) AN ACT PROHIBITING THE CHARGING OF FEES FOR THE DISPATCH OF EMERGENCY SERVICES IN RESPONSE TO 9-1-1 CALLS. (PS,PS) (JF to Floor)

IV. ANNOUNCEMENT OF TIME AND DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The Public Safety & Security Committee will have a committee meeting on Thursday March 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM in Room 1E of the LOB.

V. ADJOURNMENT
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A quick explanation of Favorable or JF’ed Bills
If a committee believes a bill should be taken up by the full General Assembly, it
votes to give the bill a favorable report. And because the committee is a joint
(House and Senate) committee, the vote is a Joint Favorable Report. If the vote
is a favorable report but with substitute language, as discussed below, the vote is
a Joint Favorable Substitute. The common expression for such a bill is that it is
“JF’ed.” A bill can be JF’ed straight to the floor (sent to the House if a House bill,
to the Senate if a Senate bill), or it can be JF’ed to another committee (referred to
as a “change of reference”). A bill before the Public Health Committee that
created a criminal penalty for contaminating drinking water, for example, would
be JF’ed to the Judiciary Committee because it is the Judiciary Committee that
deals with criminal matters. In the Judiciary Committee it could be considered
and sent on to the floor as is, sent on with changes, sent to the Environment
Committee (which also has cognizance over clean water issues) voted against or
have no action taken on it.

Yesterday, Part II – Thank You

First, thanks for EVERYONE who came out yesterday. Some had to leave before they got to speak. Some came just to submit written testimony. Some came out just to show their support. You all were awesome, and you all helped.

We should also thank all the members of the Public Safety and Security Committee who put in long hours as well. They may not all agree with our position on the bills they heard yesterday, but except for a few instances (on both sides to be fair) they were respectful and paid attention to what all the speakers had to say. Take a few minutes to politely email them, thank them and remind them you opposed those bills.
If you live in their district; make sure to say so.

Remember, they still have to vote on those bills. There is also a good chance there will be other gun bills heard before them. Frankly, the few gun control advocates that were there came across as pretty childish and demanding. Show the committee that we are the grownups in the room.

You can find all the committee members email addresses and webpages here.