Guide for Monday, March 11th Public Hearing on Gun Bills

Members and 2nd Amendment supporters are needed participate at the Judiciary Committee Public Hearing on March 11th, 2019 at 10 A.M. in Room 2C at the Legislative Office Building (LOB), 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT. This is a grassroots effort to have our voice heard. It’s important to show lawmakers we are here and staying vigilant about protecting our rights. We anticipate this hearing to last all day and into the night.  Your attendance is needed!

Public Hearing Agenda

SUBJECT MATTER: Firearms

Oppose: S.B. No. 60 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT.

Oppose: H.B. No. 7218 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFE STORAGE OF FIREARMS IN THE HOME.

Oppose: H.B. No. 7219 AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS.

Oppose: H.B. No. 7223  AN ACT CONCERNING THE STORAGE OF A PISTOL OR REVOLVER IN A MOTOR VEHICLE.

Support: S.B. No. 940 AN ACT AUTHORIZING CERTAIN PERSONS TO CARRY HANDGUNS IN STATE PARKS AND STATE FORESTS.

Support: H.B. No. 5227 AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF FIREARMS BY MUNICIPALITIES.

Support: H.B. No. 5870 AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSFER OF ASSAULT WEAPONS AND LARGE CAPACITY MAGAZINES.

There are three main ways to participate in the hearing:

  1. Attend the public hearing, submit written testimony and testify in person.
  2. Submit written testimony without attending the public hearing.
  3. Attend the hearing without testifying, show law makers that we are engaged.
  1. Attend the public hearing, submit written testimony and testify in person

Members are encouraged to give oral and written testimony

  • Where should I park? Free visitor parking is available on the first floor and basement of the Legislative Office Garage located at the Legislative Office Building (LOB), 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT. Parking is limited, carpooling and allowing additional time to park is highly recommended.
  • How is the speaking order determined? 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.
  • What if I can’t make it there until after 9:30 A.M. but I still want to speak? 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.
  • Where is Room 2500? The Judiciary Committee offices are located in Room 2500 on the second floor of the LOB. Go up the escalators, take a left and go down the first hallway on your right. CCDL members will be there to guide you.LOB Room 2500 map
  • What if I can’t make it there until the evening or later and still wish to speak? As long as there is an active public hearing the LOB is open. Speakers may add their names to the bottom of the speaker list ANYTIME during the hearing. The speaker list will be on the podium inside the hearing room, just inside the entrance to the room. CCDL members will be there to help direct you.</li?
  • Do I need to print my testimony or bring copies of my testimony? Yes, if possible, 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. BUT this is not necessary, if you submit your testimony via email well in advance, often legislators prefer to reference your written testimony while you’re speaking.Tip: Print a few extra copies for your Senator and Representative.
  • How do I email or submit my testimony electronically? Email your written testimony in Word or PDF format to JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov a day or two before the hearing. Also, Email or drop off a copy of your written testimony to your State Senator and State Representative.
  • Should I contact my Senator and Representative while I’m at the LOB? Yes, it is highly recommended that you make a copy of your testimony and drop it off at your Senator and Representatives office during the course of the day. It’s important for them to know their constituents are in the building testifying.Tip: leave your cell number when you drop off your testimony. Ask to meet with them when they are available to talk about why you’re testifying today.
  • Will there be food? Yes, the LOB has a cafeteria open until 2 P.M. or a grab-and-go service until 4 P.M. Vending machines are also located on the first floor.Tip: Pack some snacks.
  • What time will I testify? The first hour of the hearing is reserved for legislators, constitutional officers and other officials. After the first hour the committee will start to call the speakers in the order determined by the lottery. The hearing will go ALL day long and possibly into the late evening or even later. You may have to wait a very long time to testify.Tip: Bring a charger.
  • How long will the hearing last? Public hearings on firearms can last a long time, often past midnight. Please plan for a long day. You may wish sign up and if your number to speak is later you may wish leave and return later.Tip: Leave your information with another CCDL member that is staying and can alert you when they’re calling 15 to 30 speakers ahead of you (depending on how far away you are).
  • What do I do when it’s my turn to speak? When your name is called, go to the speaker’s desk in front. Begin with “Distinguished members of the Judiciary Committee.” State your name and the town you reside in.  State the bill number and title of the bill for which you are testifying on. Clearly state if you support or oppose the bills, then start your testimony. When you finish wait to see in any committee members have a question.
  • How long will I have to speak? You will have 3 minutes to speak. A timer will sound after the 3 minutes. Wrap up your testimony and wait to see if any committee members have any questions. A public hearing is an important step in the legislative process. This is a formal hearing with a decorum. Please be courteous to other speakers, staff and legislators, regardless of their views. Do not applaud or indicate verbal pleasure or displeasure when others are speaking.
  1. Submit written testimony without attending the public hearing

It is very important to submit testimony even if you can’t attend the hearing. Legislators need to hear from us. Don’t think others will protect your rights.

  1. Attend the hearing without testifying, show law makers that we are engaged
  • Where should I park? Free visitor parking is available on the first floor and basement of the Legislative Office Garage located at the  Legislative Office Building (LOB), 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT
  • When should I come? Public hearings on firearms can last a long time, often past midnight. Please plan for a long day. You may wish to come later in the evening or later, this is when attendee that are just observing tend to be needed. It’s nice to have steady flow of members coming in throughout the hearing.
  • Where is Hearing Room 2C? The public hearing will be held in room 2C, on the second floor. Go up the escalators and room 2C will be directly in front of you. There is an entrance to the right or left of the room.Hearing Room 2C map

Easy Steps for preparing your testimony to Judiciary Committee

• Be polite.

• Include your name, town of residence, the bill number and whether you support or oppose it.

• Do not include any private information. This testimony will be kept as public record.

• Testimony can be as little as a few sentences, try not to exceed one page in length.

• Make it personal. Any life experiences that are relevant to your position should be described.

• Save your testimony as a Word or PDF document.

• Begin your written testimony with:

Senator Winfield, Representative Stafstrom, and distinguished members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary:

My name is [your name], I am from [town you reside].  I am testifying today in support of;

S.B. 940 AN ACT AUTHORIZING CERTAIN PERSONS TO CARRY HANDGUNS IN STATE PARKS AND STATE FORESTS.

H.B. 5227 AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF FIREARMS BY MUNICIPALITIES.

H.B. 5870 AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSFER OF ASSAULT WEAPONS AND LARGE CAPACITY MAGAZINES.

I’m oppose to;

S.B. No. 60 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT.

H.B. No. 7218 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFE STORAGE OF FIREARMS IN THE HOME.

H.B. No. 7219 AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS.

H.B. No. 7223 AN ACT CONCERNING THE STORAGE OF A PISTOL OR REVOLVER IN A MOTOR VEHICLE.

[Explain why this is important to you:

-Do you have a personal story to share?

-How will these bills impact your life if passed?

-Why are firearms important to you?]

I urge you to favorably vote; S.B. 940, H.B. 5227, H.B. 5870 out of the Judiciary Committee and oppose; S.B. 60, H.B. 7218, H.B. 7219, H.B. 7223.

Sincerely,

[Your name]

[Town you reside]

More sample testimony is available at ccdl.us/how-to-help/2019-testimony

Upcoming Public Hearing on Gun Bills Monday March 11th

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.

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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.

Testimony Tips:

  • 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.

More information
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 legislative@ccdl.us

Today’s Judiciary Committee Meeting Includes Gun Bills

The Judiciary Committee is meeting today at 1:00pm.
Here is their agenda: 2019ca-00201-R001300JUD-ca(pdf)

On their agenda are several raised bills and concepts that are of interest or concern to CCDL and our members. Among other things, the Committee will be discussing so-called “ghost guns”, safe gun storage laws, “show your papers” laws, carry in state parks, and transfer of so-called assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

If you want to watch the meeting, it will be streaming online at CT-N.

Note: There are many topics on the agenda. Expect the gun related stuff to be interspersed with everything else.

Last Day To Register To Vote Online

Crucial Election Information

The November 6th election is an important one for gun owners, especially here in Connecticut. It is imperative that CCDL members and supporters vote for pro2A candidates in this election.

The anti-gun groups in our state have endorsed Ned Lamont for Governor. If he wins, we will have four more years of non-stop gun control. If you disliked Governor Malloy, you’re going to hate Governor Lamont.

This is some of what to expect from a Lamont administration:

  • Harsher requirements and penalties surrounding “safe storage” requirements
  • Elimination of “Open Carry”, which means you could be arrested just for printing or having your shirt ride up while carrying concealed
  • Continued support for existing unconstitutional gun laws
  • Continued under-funding or even outright elimination of the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners
  • Continued looking the other way while numerous municipalities violate state statutes regarding new permits
  • Continued support of any and all anti-gun proposals that make it out of legislative committee
  • Bypassing legislators and implementing executive orders that will negatively impact legal gun owners

CCDL endorsed candidates such as Bob Stefanowski for governor will respect the Constitution, and the rights of lawful gun owners.
But first they must win on November 6th.
If you are not yet registered to vote, there is still time, but you MUST hurry. The deadline for voter registration is TODAY, October 30th.

Voter registration is simple, and can be done online. Just go to the following link and follow the directions  https://voterregistration.ct.gov

If you are not sure if you are registered or not, you may check here:
http://www.dir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx

You may also register in person with the registrar of voters in your town or city. Offices are usually located in your town hall, and will be open from 9am until 8pm TODAY,  October 30th to accommodate last minute registrations.

Please be sure to register to vote
Please vote on election day
Please be sure to remind like-minded people to vote
Please help our endorsed candidates between now, and election day

This may be our last chance to save our gun rights in Connecticut

Action Alert!!

Immediate action is needed! We NEED EVERYONE to contact your State Senator.

Today the Senate might call H.B. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM.

We need every member to flood the Senate with calls telling them to Vote NO on H.B. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM.

Senate Democrats Office 1-800-842-1420

Senate Republicans Office 1-800-842-1421

Please also call the Senate Presidents now and urge them NOT to call H.B. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM.

Senate President Looney 860-240-0375

Senate President Fassano 860-240-8871

Please take one extra minute to send your Senator a simple email asking them NOT to vote for H.B. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM.

Dear Senator,
I’m your constituent and urge you to vote no on H.B. 5542 An Act Concerning Bump Stocks. This is just feel-good legislation that will not make anyone safer.

Please focus on our state’s real problems and seek solutions to stopping the financial bleeding in our state.

Thank you

[Your Name and Town]

Action Alert

We NEED EVERYONE to contact your State Representative and State Senator. The anti-gun movement is out in full force, and their paid lobbyists are working very hard to get these bills called on the house floor.

We need every second amendment supporter to call and ask to speak with their State Rep. and State Senator. Be polite and professional. Leave a message and ask that they call you back.

Find your State Representative and State Senator and then select their name to find their contact information.

Legislators NEED to hear from us. They need to know how their constituents want them to vote, and need to hear your voice. This is an election year, your legislators work for you! Everyone needs to take action to preserve your freedom here in Connecticut.

Ask the legislators to:

Vote NO on H.B. 5540 AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS

Vote NO on H.B. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM

Vote YES on H.B. 5539 AN ACT CONCERNING FIREARMS IN STATE PARKS

A few weeks ago, the Judiciary Committee voted these bills out of the committee and are closer to being called on the House floor. To see how the committee members voted on these bills follow the links:

H.B. 5540 AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS

H.B. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM

H.B. 5539 AN ACT CONCERNING FIREARMS IN STATE PARKS

Time is limited. You need to take action now before it’s too late!

If you have any questions about these bills, feel free to email CCDL’s Legislative Coordinator, Ray Bevis legislative@ccdl.us

It’s Time To Rally!

Are you ready for a 2A Rally?
It’s time to remind the gun-grabbers that we’re still here, and we still VOTE.

If you have been outraged by anti-gun propaganda rallies and blatant calls to repeal the 2nd Amendment, then this rally is your chance to speak out against those who would take your rights.
Let’s swarm the Capitol grounds, and show this state that we will not give up our rights quietly.

DATE: Saturday, April 14, 2018
TIME: 11am until 1pm (or later)
PLACE: Connecticut State Capitol, 210 Capitol Ave, Hartford

It will once again be at the State Capitol, north side facing Bushnell Park. All lawful forms of carry are permitted on the Capitol grounds, but remember Bushnell Park is a so-called “Gun Free Zone“.

More info coming soon, as final details get hammered out.

Helpful Links
Flyer to print out and hang in your local club or gun shop: Rally Flier.pdf
Directions to the State Capitol
Parking Information
Facebook Event Page

Membership in CCDL is 100% free. We don’t charge any membership dues, and we rarely beg for donations.
Events like this cost thousands of dollars to put on.
If you would like to help defray the costs of this rally, please consider making a contribution. CLICK HERE TO DONATE


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Action Alert!

Our 2nd Amendment rights are under attack once again here in Connecticut. The Connecticut General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee is voting on three important gun bills this Monday, April 2nd.  We need every CCDL member to contact the legislators on the Judiciary Committee TODAY. These legislators have already heard from many trying to take our rights away, they need to hear from us.

These bills are NOT just bans on bump stocks and “ghost guns”. There are many other infringements hidden in these bills. Legislators need to know we are staying vigilant.

Ask the legislators to:
OPPOSE: H.B. No. 5540 AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS AND THE PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS
OPPOSE: H.B. No. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM
SUPPORT: H.B. No. 5539 AN ACT CONCERNING FIREARMS IN STATE PARKS

Rep. Albis: James.Albis@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Berger: Jeffrey.Berger@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Candelora: Vincent.Candelora@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Carpino: Christie.Carpino@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Conley: Christine.Conley@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Cummings: Stephanie.Cummings@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Currey: Jeff.Currey@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Dan Fox: Dan.Fox@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Dillon: Patricia.Dillon@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Flexer: Mae.Flexer@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Godfrey, Bob: Bob.Godfrey@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Gonzalez: Minnie.Gonzalez@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Harding: Stephen.Harding@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Labriola: David.Labriola@cga.ct.gov
Rep. McGorty: Ben.McGorty@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Morris: Bruce.Morris@cga.ct.gov
Rep. O’Dea: Tom.ODea@housegop.ct.gov
Rep. O’Neill: Arthur.ONeill@housegop.ct.gov
Rep. Porter: Robyn.Porter@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Rebimbas: Rosa.Rebimbas@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Riley: Emmett.Riley@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Serra, Joseph: Joseph.Serra@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Srinivasan: Prasad.Srinivasan@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Stafstrom: Steve.Stafstrom@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Storms: Scott.Storms@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Tong: William.Tong@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Walker: Toni.Walker@cga.ct.gov
Sen. Berthel: Eric.Berthel@cga.ct.gov
Sen. Gerratana: Terry.Gerratana@cga.ct.gov
Sen. Hwang: Tony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov
Sen. Kissel: John.A.Kissel@cga.ct.gov
Sen. McCrory: Douglas.McCrory@cga.ct.gov

Upcoming Public Hearing on Gun Bills – Friday March 23rd

The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 10 A.M. in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building (LOB), 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford.

We need members to show up in force and stay united.
REMEMBER THESE BILLS ARE NOT JUST ABOUT BUMP STOCKS AND GHOST GUNS, there is more in these bills that infringe on our rights. People who oppose our rights plan to be there in large numbers.

There will be four gun related bills:

OPPOSE: H.B. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM
To ban the sale or transfer, possession, manufacturing or use of bump stocks or other accessories to increase the rate of fire of a firearm.

THIS BILL IS NOT JUST LIMITED TO BUMP STOCKS!
This bill also includes binary triggers, and anything that is constructed, manufactured, designed or intended to mechanically increase the rate of fire in ANY WAY.

OPPOSE: H.B. 5540 AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS AND THE PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS
To ban guns without serial numbers and regulate those which are sold in a form requiring the purchaser to finish assembly or that are homemade and to permit local authorities to interview immediate family members as part of a determination of an applicant’s suitability

THIS BILL WILL ALSO CHANGE THE TEMPORARY CARRY PERMIT PROCESS
It will allow local authorities to interview your immediate family members and parents or guardians before issuing applicants their permit.

SUPPORT: H.B. 5539 AN ACT CONCERNING FIREARMS IN STATE PARKS
To permit persons to carry firearms in state parks.

H.B. 5538 AN ACT CONCERNING A NONEXPIRING AMMUNITION PERMIT
To allow an option for a life-time ammunition permit.

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. Other CCDL members will be there to direct you.
Please submit 50 copies of written testimony to the Committee staff no later than 9:00 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB. Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing.

It is also recommended that you email your written testimony in Word or PDF format to JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov a day or two before the hearing. Many legislators prefer to read your testimony online. Be sure to also send a copy of your written testimony to your State Senator and State Representative.

Testimony should clearly state your name and the bills you are testifying on. The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the agenda. Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to have your voice heard on these issues, please email your written testimony in Word or PDF format to: JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov
Be sure to send 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.

More information
Read our Public Testimony Tip Sheet for help composing your written or in-person testimony.
Legislators would like to hear from you in your own words, but if you are stuck for ideas, here is a sample of what your testimony might look like.

New Bills For March 15 *AND* a Public Hearing

There are four new gun bills for today.
All four have already been assigned a public hearing date. Here are the bills, followed by the public hearing information.

H.B. No. 5538 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING A NONEXPIRING AMMUNITION PERMIT’, to allow an option for a life-time ammunition permit.
REF. JUDICIARY

H.B. No. 5539 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING FIREARMS IN STATE PARKS’, to permit persons to carry firearms in state parks.
REF. JUDICIARY

H.B. No. 5540 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS AND THE PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS’, to ban guns without serial numbers and regulate those which are sold in a form requiring the purchaser to finish assembly or that are homemade and to permit local authorities to interview immediate family members as part of a determination of an applicant’s suitability.
REF. JUDICIARY

H.B. No. 5542 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM’, to ban the sale or transfer, possession, manufacturing or use of bump stocks or other accessories to increase the rate of fire of a firearm.
REF. JUDICIARY

The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Legislative Office Building (LOB), 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford. Exact time and room number to be determined.

We need members to show up in force to show our support. The people opposed to our rights plan to be there in large numbers.

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 before the start of the hearing. 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 your written testimony to the committee staff before the hearing. Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing.

It is also very helpful to email your written testimony in Word or PDF format to JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov a day or two before the hearing. Many legislators prefer to read your testimony online. Be sure to send a copy of your written testimony to your State Senator and State Representative.