The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 10 A.M. in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building (LOB), 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT. We anticipate this hearing to last all day and into the night. Your attendance is needed!
Monday, March 11, 2019
10:00 AM in Room 2C of the LOB
Public Hearing Agenda
SUBJECT MATTER: Firearms
Oppose: S.B. No. 60 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT.
This bill targets permit holders. It will allow police to stop, frisk, and detain lawful gun owners if a police officer just simply sees your holstered firearm. This bill removes the “reasonable suspicion of a crime” from the current statutes that just passed in 2015 and will allow police to stop you for no reason.
Oppose: H.B. No. 7218 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFE STORAGE OF FIREARMS IN THE HOME.
This will change current storage laws to require ALL firearms, loaded or unloaded, to be secured in a home with a minor under eighteen years of age. This bill as written focuses on the punitive not prevention.
Oppose: H.B. No. 7219 AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS.
This is a gun registry bill that will redefine the State’s definition of a firearm to include unfinished “frames or lower receivers”. This will also include frame or lower receiver blanks, casting or machined body that still requires further machining or molding to be used as part of a functional firearm. This could also ban the re-assembly of pre-1969 firearms that don’t have serial numbers.
Oppose: H.B. No. 7223 AN ACT CONCERNING THE STORAGE OF A PISTOL OR REVOLVER IN A MOTOR VEHICLE.
Proposed by an anti-gun group, it will require all firearms in an automobile to be kept in a lockbox when the vehicle in unattended. Making any stops to and from the range will become impossible. Gun owners will be shamed and prosecuted for being the victim of a robbery.
Support: S.B. No. 940 AN ACT AUTHORIZING CERTAIN PERSONS TO CARRY HANDGUNS IN STATE PARKS AND STATE FORESTS.
This will override the state regulations that currently ban permit holders from carrying in State Parks and Forests for the purpose of self-defense.
Support: H.B. No. 5227 AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF FIREARMS BY MUNICIPALITIES.
This is a preemptive bill to prohibit the regulation of firearms by municipalities. Currently, any of the 169 municipalities in Connecticut can regulate and ban firearms or firearm components. Some towns have already banned certain types of Connecticut legal firearms.
Support: H.B. No. 5870 AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSFER OF ASSAULT WEAPONS AND LARGE CAPACITY MAGAZINES.
This bill would allow the transfer of State Registered “Assault Weapons” and declared “Large Capacity Magazines” among residents that also have these items. It will not generate any new “Assault Weapons” or “Large Capacity Magazines” in this state, just simply allow the transfers among legal firearm enthusiasts.
Members are encouraged to give oral and written testimony on these bills. Speaking order will be determined by a lottery system. Lottery numbers will be drawn from 8:00 A.M. to 9:30 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. Reminder: If you’re unable to sign up BEFORE the start of the hearing, speakers may add their names to the bottom of the speaker list ANYTIME during the hearing. As long as there is an active public hearing the LOB is open. CCDL members will be there to direct you.
Please submit 60 copies of your written testimony to the Committee staff no later than 9:00 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB. Testimony received after the 9:00 A.M. may not be distributed until after the hearing.
Email your written testimony in Word or PDF format to JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov a day or two before the hearing. Also, be sure to email or drop off a copy of your written testimony to your State Senator and State Representative.
- Include your name, town of residence, the bill number and whether you support or oppose.
- Make it personal. Any life experiences that are relevant to your position should be described.
- Testimony can be as little as a few sentences, but try not to exceed one page in length.
- You may submit separate written testimony for each bill, but you will only get 3 minutes total to speak.
- Testimony is limited to matters related to the items on the agenda.
Read our Public Testimony Tip Sheet for help composing your written or in-person testimony.
If you are unable to attend, your voice still needs to be heard on these issues, please email your written testimony in Word or PDF format to: JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov
Be sure to also email a copy of your written testimony to your State Senator and State Representative.
If you are able attend, but DO NOT WISH to speak or submit testimony, please come and help fill the seats with Second Amendment supporters. This hearing will likely last many hours, please consider coming even if only for a few hours. Legislators need to see that Second Amendment supporters are strong in Connecticut.
If you have any questions email CCDL Legislative Coordinator Ray Bevis at firstname.lastname@example.org