Sine Die!

Sine Die is Latin for “without day,” meaning a final adjournment. A motion used to close an annual session of the General Assembly. It terminates all unfinished business.

On May 9, 2018 at 11:59PM the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned the 2018 legislative session. This year CCDL tracked six potential 2nd Amendment related bills.  Our members spent numerous hours at a public hearing and contacting their legislators throughout this session. Thank you to all members who took the time to defend your rights here in the state. We all need to stay engaged and advocate for our rights.

Throughout this session two anti-gun bills stayed front and center;

H.B. 5542 An Act Concerning Bump Stocks and Rate of Fire Enhancement Devices

H.B. 5540 An Act Concerning Ghost Guns.

Both these bills had many government champions, paid lobbyists, and anti-rights groups fighting to get them passed.

We had many CCDL supporters in the Republican Caucus trying very hard to prevent these bills from being called for a vote. While H.B. 5542 did get called and passed both the House and Senate, (we anticipate the Governor will sign it into law any day now), we have to acknowledge that these members of the Republican Caucus were instrumental with preventing the ‘ghost gun’ legislation from moving forward. They also were able to amend the bump stock bill to at least include some protections and notifications for lawful gun owners.

Many legislators defended the 2nd Amendment both in the House and Senate Chambers. If you missed the debates, you can watch the House debate or Senate debate  or view the House tally and Senate tally to see how your Representative or Senator voted.

Connecticut residents now have until September 30, 2018 to render their ‘bump stock’, ‘crank device’, ‘binary trigger’ or rate of enhancement device permanently inoperable, remove it from this state, or surrender it to Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection for destruction.

The version of H.B. 5542 (pdf) An Act Concerning Bump Stocks and Rate of Fire Enhancement Devices that passed, ultimately bans the sale and possession of  ‘bump stocks’, ‘crank devices’ and ‘binary triggers’. The bill makes the possession of these device a class D felony effective October 1, 2018. ‘Crank devices’ could also include those used by paint ball enthusiasts. The bill did provide that permit holders would be charged with a class D misdemeanor for the first offense and class D felony for any subsequent offense between October 1, 2018 and July 1, 2019. After, July 1, 2019 possession and sales of these devices will be a class D felony. The law gives the courts some discretion if the court finds that a violation is not of a serious nature and that the person charged will probably not offend in the future. It also provides a 90-day grace period for persons who moves into the state. There is no grandfather clause, nor will there be any compensation for the loss of your legally purchased property.

Once again, CCDL would like to point out that the law that did pass does absolutely NOTHING to increase public safely, and was passed solely to provide a feel-good but hollow victory to anti-Constitution, vocal minority groups like CAGV and Newtown Action Alliance. Bump fire is a technique that can be easily replicated without any aftermarket accessories at all. Also, these devices are currently not regulated in the vast majority of other states, or at the federal level. Meaning any criminal actually intent on still obtaining one of these so-called ‘Rate of Fire Enhancement Devices’, can purchase one as easily as a gallon of milk almost anywhere else in the USA.

7 thoughts on “Sine Die!

  1. Total violation of the 5th Amendment:
    “… nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

    This needs to go to court and to the SCOTUS along with these idiotic weapons bans!

  2. We should start shooting rubber bands into the governor’s office and the legislative offices and then citizen’s arrest those that pick them up — they violate the bump stock law !

  3. A special thank you from this member and citizen to everyone in this fine organization for the work you do and the unity we have together. Thank you again!

  4. Confiscation has STARTED!

    This should be a lesson to never stop fighting to remove people like blumenthal, Murphy, malloy and to Never let them or anyone like them into gov. Again in CT stop them at the local level before they get powerful.

    A bump stock is a,piece of plastic, doesn’t do anything but glide, it was APPROVED and deemed LEGAL by the BATF this tyrannical GOV in CT now bans it.

    This is no different than their sanctuary state BS! We need to win the city’s we need to stop them from handing out money for votes like Murphy and blumenthal are doing right now. Handing out our MONEY to buy their VOTES to work against us.

    Don’t listen to those who say don’t talk politics. Talk about it every day. Shame those who stand for big TYRANICAL gov. Publicly. Don’t be afraid to stand and fight because they ARE taking your rights and using YOUR MONEY to do it.

    And for those anti trump republicans shame on you for allowing dems to rule, by being petty. You’ll never see a dem turn on a dem. Unless it’s to use the same tactic to remove a republican,

    While I’m a libertarian . That party has no voice… but the Republican Party has no soul these days. Band together and fight these socialist (hitler type ) Democrats,

    Connecticut has become the poster boy for the NEW democrat party, this ain’t JFKs Democrats anymore. It’s a new breed that wants the Democrat oarty to think for you, and tell you what you Should be thinking, only banding together helping like minded people will stop them.

    a side note, If you do business hire a conservative .if you sell a car and give someone a great deal, make sure it’s a conservative . Every single day you should be helping your like minded citizens. So they prosper!

  5. Here’s the problem with this ban/ confiscation regular Dems don’t think about,

    A Guy Is a law abiding citizen uses bump stocks for competition, or just fun target shooting, good responsible guy, now it’s going to be illegal, so he doesn’t want to have it, he’s a law abiding citizen, but he spent good money on it so he sells it QUICK just before they become illegal, to someone who says they’ll take it out of state, but really this guy just doesn’t care about the law. Now you’ve got the same bump stock in the hands of someone who doesn’t care about laws. How did this make things better? Don’t think that happens! We al, know it does, and it probably lay is right now today., and all it takes is one in the wrong hands.

    Until now bump stocks have been used in 1 (yes that’s correct 1) documented case. And that constitutes a ban ?

    the by that same exact logic, cars, gold clubs, (skakel) hammers, baseball bats, knives, sewing needles, screw drivers all kinds of things should be banned!

    Except it’s not REALLY about safety, it’s about the bigger picture, incremantal gun control.

  6. I would say just remove the stock from the gun and one would be fine.

    From the reading of the law it is required that it increase the rate of fire of a firearm and not that it has the capacity to do so.

    So a bump stock just sitting in a box does not meet that requirement.

    Hard to say that a stock is enhancing a rate of fire until its actually on a gun.

    So, aside from the fact that the current state cannot pass laws to lower the efficiency of future and current militia members (ie us, that a future state may call upon to defend the state against the feds) a bump stock in a box is not a rate of fire enhancer.

  7. A little
    Bump stock history:

    In December, the Department of Justice announced it would launch a regulatory process “to determine whether bump stocks are prohibited.”

    It’s true that, under Obama, the ATF — an agency within the Justice Department — ruled that it could not prevent the use of certain models of bump stocks.
    ( Otherwise known as LEGAL! )
    In June 2010, for example, the bureau responded to a request to evaluate a product sold by Slide Fire Solutions, a Texas company that makes the devices. In a letter, John Spencer, then the ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch chief, wrote that the device examined had no “functioning mechanical parts or springs” that made it perform like an automatic weapon.

    “In order to use the installed device, the shooter must apply constant forward pressure with the non-shooting hand and constant rearward pressure with the shooting hand,” Spencer said. “Accordingly, we find that the ‘bump-stock’ is a firearm part and is not regulated as a firearm under Gun Control Act or the National Firearms Act.”

    The ATF, under Trump, also made a similar determination in April 2017, about a different model of bump stock.

    In that letter, Michael Curtis, the head of ATF’s Firearms Technology Industry Services Branch, wrote: “The FTISB examination of the submitted device indicates that if as a shot is fired — and a sufficient amount of pressure is applied to the handguard/gripping surface with the shooter’s support hand — the AR-type rifle assembly will come forward until the trigger re-contacts the shooter’s stationary firing-hand trigger finger: Re-contacting allows the firing of a subsequent shot. In this manner, the shooter pulls the receiver assembly forward to fire each shot, each succeeding shot firing with a single trigger function.”

    “Since your device does not initiate an automatic firing cycle by a single function of the trigger,” Curtis said, “FTISB finds that it is NOT a machinegun under the [National Firearms Act], or the amended [Gun Control Act].”

    In fact, in a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register in December, the ATF said “since 2008,” which predates Obama’s time in office, “ATF has issued a total of 10 private letters in which it classified various bump stock devices to be unregulated parts or accessories, and not machineguns or machinegun conversion devices as defined” in federal gun laws.

    The letters were sent to individuals and manufacturers who voluntarily submitted devices for classification. Because the letters are private, the ATF does not make them readily available to the public without the recipient’s consent.

    Slide Fire posted its June 2010 letter from the ATF on its website. The letter the ATF sent in 2017 under Trump was obtained from the Justice Department by the Giffords Law Center and Democracy Forward, which, according to BuzzFeed, filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act. The recipient’s name was redacted.

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