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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 603

February Session, 2008

 

LCO No. 2583

 

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Referred to Committee on Judiciary

 

Introduced by:

 

(JUD)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING AMMUNITION CODING.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2008) For the purposes of sections 2 to 4, inclusive, of this act, "coded ammunition" means a bullet carrying a unique identifier etched onto the base of the bullet projectile by the manufacturer.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2008) (a) On and after January 1, 2010, no person shall manufacture or sell at retail in this state any handgun or assault weapon ammunition unless such ammunition is coded ammunition.

(b) Not later than January 1, 2012, any private person or person selling handgun or assault weapon ammunition at retail in this state who possesses any noncoded handgun or assault weapon ammunition shall dispose of such ammunition in a manner prescribed by the Commissioner of Public Safety.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2008) (a) The Commissioner of Public Safety shall establish and maintain an ammunition coding system database containing the information specified in subsections (b) and (c) of this section.

(b)  Any person who manufactures handgun or assault weapon ammunition in this state shall:

(1)  Register with the Commissioner of Public Safety in a manner prescribed by the commissioner; and

(2)  Maintain records on the business premises for a period of seven years concerning all sales, deliveries and other transfers of coded ammunition to, from or within the state.

(c)  Any person who sells handgun or assault weapon ammunition at retail in this state shall:

(1)  Register with the Commissioner of Public Safety in a manner prescribed by the commissioner;

(2)  Record the following information in a format prescribed by the commissioner:

(A)  The date of each sale of coded ammunition;

(B)  The name of the purchaser;

(C)  The purchaser's motor vehicle operator's license number or other government-issued identification card number;

(D)  The date of birth of the purchaser;

(E)  The unique identifier of the ammunition sold; and

(F)  All other information prescribed by the commissioner; and

(3)  Maintain on the business premises a record of each sale of coded ammunition for a period of three years from the date of such sale.

(d)  To the extent possible or practical, the commissioner shall establish the ammunition coding system database within the framework of existing firearms databases.  The ammunition coding system database shall be operational not later than January 1, 2010.

(e)  Information in the ammunition coding system database shall be confidential and not disclosed except, upon request, to federal, state and local law enforcement officials acting in the performance of their official duties in the investigation of the commission of a criminal offense.

Sec. 4. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2008) (a)  Any person who sells handgun or assault weapon ammunition at retail in this state who intentionally or knowingly fails to comply with, or falsifies the records required to be kept by, section 2 or 3 of this act shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

(b)  Any person who manufactures handgun or assault weapon ammunition in this state who fails to comply with the provisions of section 2 or 3 of this act shall be liable for a civil penalty, imposed by the Commissioner of Public Safety after notice and hearing in accordance with chapter 54 of the general statutes, of not more than one thousand dollars for a first violation, not more than five thousand dollars for a second violation, and not more than ten thousand dollars for a subsequent violation.

(c)  Any person who intentionally or knowingly removes, defaces, alters or obliterates the ammunition coding required by section 2 of this act shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

Sec. 5. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2008) The Commissioner of Public Safety shall adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 of the general statutes to carry out the provisions of sections 1 to 4, inclusive, of this act.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2008

New section

Sec. 2

October 1, 2008

New section

Sec. 3

October 1, 2008

New section

Sec. 4

October 1, 2008

New section

Sec. 5

October 1, 2008

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To require that ammunition for handguns and assault weapons manufactured or sold in this state be coded with a unique identifier and that records be maintained of all purchases of the coded ammunition and of the individuals who purchased such ammunition.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]