Location:
WEAPONS - FIREARMS; WEAPONS - GUN CONTROL;
Scope:
Connecticut laws/regulations;

OLR Research Report


February 6, 2013

 

2013-R-0118

GUN-RELATED BILLS

By: Christopher Reinhart, Chief Attorney

You asked us (1) for a list of gun-related bills proposed this session and their sponsors and (2) to list the bills by category.

SUMMARY

We identified 90 gun-related bills proposed as of January 30, 2013. We divided these bills into the following categories (many bills contain provisions that overlap multiple categories):

1. Ammunition (22 bills),

2. Assault Weapons (15 bills),

3. Crimes/Sentencing (15 bills),

4. Insurance/Liability (five bills),

5. Permits and Eligibility Certificates (24 bills),

6. Registries (seven bills),

7. Storage (nine bills),

8. Transactions (29 bills), and

9. Other (eight bills).

Table 1 shows the bills in each category by number, title, and introducing legislators (not including any other sponsors). We briefly summarize each bill only once under the category most relevant to its provisions. At the end of each category, we list bills with relevant provisions that are listed in other categories. We did not include bills related to hunting, mental health, school security, or violent crime unless the bills specifically address use of guns.

For more information on Connecticut gun laws and terms used in this report, see OLR Report 2013-R-0001.

2013 GUN-RELATED PROPOSED BILLS

Table 1: Gun-Related Proposed Bills as of January 30, 2013,

By Category, with Title, Subject, and Introducing Legislator

BILL

TITLE

SUMMARY

INTRODUCER

AMMUNITION

42

AAC THE CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION

Prohibits a person who cannot possess a firearm from possessing ammunition

Sen. Looney

124

AA BANNING LARGE CAPACITY AMMUNITION MAGAZINES

Prohibits the possession of certain ammunition feeding devices that accept more than 10 rounds

Sens. LeBeau, McKinney

161

AAC THE REDUCTION OF GUN VIOLENCE

Prohibits the possession of certain ammunition feeding devices that accept more than 10 rounds

Designates as an assault weapon a rifle that has one, rather than two, of the features currently required

Requires a permit for any rifle with a pistol grip

Exempts from these provisions certain firearms that are curios or relics

Requires a person to obtain a permit to purchase ammunition and prohibits the purchase of ammunition by anyone not legally authorized to possess a firearm

Prohibits the purchase of ammunition through the Internet

Prohibits the storage of any firearm, rather than only a loaded firearm, in a manner that allows access to a minor; extends this provision to minors under age 18 instead of 16; and applies it to storage of ammunition

Requires individuals to register all firearms with state law enforcement officials with biennial renewal

Sen. Bye, Rep. Godfrey

540

AAC LARGE CAPACITY GUN MAGAZINES

Limits the number of bullets one gun magazine can hold

Sen. Ayala

608

AA PROHIBITING THE POSSESSION, IMPORTATION, TRANSFER OR SALE OF CERTAIN TYPES OF UNREASONABLY DANGEROUS AMMUNITION

Prohibits the possession, importation, transfer, or sale of all armor piercing and incendiary bullets, rather than only .50 caliber bullets

Sen. Looney

613

AAC GUN VIOLENCE

Prohibits the sale and possession of large ammunition magazines

Establishes permit requirements for ammunition purchases

Alters the definition of assault weapon

Establishes stricter standards for pistol and revolver permits and purchases

Establishes a gun offender registry

Sens. Looney and Harp; Reps. Candelaria, Dillon, Holder-Winfield, Lemar, Megna, and Walker

676

AAC LARGE CAPACITY FIREARM MAGAZINES AND SIMILAR DEVICES

Prohibits the possession, sale, transfer, or importation of any device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition

Sen. Looney

781

AA REQUIRING PRESENTATION OF A STATE PISTOL OR REVOLVER PERMIT TO PURCHASE AMMUNITION

Requires a person to present a valid, state-issued permit to carry a pistol or revolver in order to purchase ammunition

Sen. Looney

5651

AAC THE PURCHASE OR POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION

Prohibits those who cannot possess a firearm from purchasing or possessing ammunition

Rep. Hwang

5935

AAC THE PURCHASE AND STORAGE OF FIREARMS

Requires mental health screening of individuals seeking to purchase firearms and their immediate family members sharing a residence

Requires firearm target ranges to have secure locking cases or safes for storing semiautomatic firearms and assault rifles

Requires firearm owners to have secure locking cases or safes for their firearms when not in use

Requires any firearm not being carried to be stored at a target range or at the owner's home in a secure locking case or safe

Prohibits the purchase, sale, use, and transfer of magazines holding more than seven rounds

Establishes a task force of legal scholars and jurists to examine the meaning of a “well-regulated militia” and report to the General Assembly on a proposed definition

Requires a criminal background check of ammunition purchasers

Prohibits the purchase of a firearm by a person convicted of cruelty to animals

Rep. Fleischmann

5949

AAC POSSESSION OF CERTAIN AMMUNITION FEEDING DEVICES

Prohibits the possession of certain ammunition feeding devices that accept more than 10 rounds

Rep. O'Neill

5950

AA REDUCING THE INCIDENCE OF GUN VIOLENCE

Prohibits the possession of certain ammunition feeding devices accepting more than 10 rounds

Designates a semiautomatic rifle as an assault weapon if it has only one, instead of two, of the features required by current law

Requires a permit for any rifle with a pistol grip

Exempts certain firearms that are curios or relics from these provisions

Requires a permit to purchase ammunition and prohibits the purchase by anyone not legally authorized to possess a firearm

Prohibits the purchase of ammunition through the Internet

Prohibits the storage of any firearm, rather than only a loaded firearm, in a manner that allows access to a minor; extends this provision to minors under age 18 instead of 16; and applies it to storage of ammunition

Requires individuals to register all firearms with law enforcement and renew biennially

Rep. Godfrey, Sen. Bye

5955

AAC THE SALE AND MANUFACTURE OF CERTAIN FIREARM MAGAZINES

Prohibits the sale or manufacture of magazines with a capacity of 10 rounds or greater except for military or police purposes

Reps. Grogins, Fawcett

6246

AAC THE SALE OF AMMUNITION FOR A PISTOL OR REVOLVER

Prohibits the sale of ammunition for a pistol or revolver unless the buyer has a valid permit to carry a pistol or revolver or a valid eligibility certificate

Reps. Grogins, Fawcett

The following categories also contain bills with provisions on ammunition:

Assault Weapons—5647, 6215

Crimes/Sentencing—122

Permits and Eligibility Certificates—6249, 6260

Transactions—1, 5951, 6216

ASSAULT WEAPONS

501

AAC THE BAN ON ASSAULT WEAPONS

Expands the assault weapon ban to include additional weapons

Sen. Ayala

601

AAC THE DEFINITION OF ASSAULT WEAPON

Expands the definition of assault weapon by (1) altering the physical characteristics of an assault weapon, (2) including “copycat” or functional equivalents of weapons named as assault weapons, and (3) naming additional weapons and their equivalents

Sen. Looney

742

AAC REBUILT ASSAULT WEAPONS

Prohibits a person from bypassing the assault weapons ban by rebuilding, with updated parts, an assault weapon that is exempt from the ban because it was lawfully possessed prior to October 1, 1993

Sen. McLachlan

5647

AAC HIGH CAPACITY FIREARMS

Prohibits the possession of fully automatic or semiautomatic assault weapons except by peace officers and armed forces member

Prohibits the possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds

Provides fair compensation to owners of banned weapons (presumably if required to surrender the weapons after they are banned)

Rep. Mushinsky

5953

AAC THE PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF AN ASSAULT WEAPON

Increases the penalty for illegal possession of an assault weapon from a class D felony to a class C felony

Rep. Candelaria

5954

AAC THE POSSESSION OF SEMIAUTOMATIC FIREARMS WITH FIXED MAGAZINE CAPACITIES OF OVER TEN ROUNDS

Prohibits the possession of a semiautomatic firearm with a fixed magazine capacity of over 10 rounds

Rep. O'Neill

6215

AA LIMITING THE POSSESSION OF ASSAULT WEAPONS AND HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES

Limits ownership of automatic and semiautomatic assault weapons and high capacity magazines to sworn members of law enforcement, active armed forces members, and members of shooting clubs that agree to monitor use

Rep. Mushinsky

The following categories also contain bills with provisions on assault weapons:

Ammunition—161, 613, 5950

Crimes/Sentencing—495

Insurance/Liability—6261

Permits and Eligibility Certificates—6260

Transactions—1, 6216

CRIMES/SENTENCING

122

AAC RESTRICTIONS ON GUN USE

Establishes a class C felony, except for certain military and law enforcement personnel and certain gun clubs, for (1) purchasing, transferring, transporting, possessing, or using a gun except one made to fire a single round; (2) firing a gun containing more than a single round; (3) receiving from another jurisdiction a gun made to fire multiple rounds; or (4) purchasing, transferring, transporting, or possessing a magazine or clip capable of holding more than one round

Sen. Meyer

495

AAC COMMISSION OF CERTAIN FELONIES WITH A FIREARM OR ASSAULT WEAPON

Increases the penalty for committing a class A, B, or C felony with a firearm or assault weapon

Sen. Bartolomeo; Reps. Abercrombie, Altobello, Fawcett

496

AA PROHIBITING THE AWARD OF RISK REDUCTION CREDIT TOWARD A REDUCTION IN SENTENCE FOR A CRIME COMMITTED WITH A FIREARM

Prohibits any person sentenced for a crime involving use of a firearm from earning risk reduction credits to reduce a prison sentence

Sen. Kissel

612

AAC THE PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OR TRANSFER OF A FIREARM

Increases the penalty for the illegal possession of a firearm or illegal transfer of a firearm to a person not eligible to possess one

Sen. Frantz

615

AA PROHIBITING THE DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS NEAR PRIVATE RESIDENCES

Establishes a criminal penalty for discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a private residence

Sen. Guglielmo

679

AAC THE PENALTY FOR FALSE STATEMENT OR INFORMATION IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OR TRANSFER OF FIREARMS

Increases the penalty for making a false statement or giving false information connected with the transfer of a firearm

Sen. Kissel

740

AA INCREASING THE PENALTIES FOR STRAW PURCHASES OF FIREARMS

Increases the penalties for purchasing a firearm with the intent to transfer it to someone the transferor knows or has reason to believe is prohibited from purchasing or possessing it

Sen. Bartolomeo; Reps. Abercrombie, Altobello, Fawcett, Fritz, Lesser, and Mushinsky

743

AAC CRIMES COMMITTED WITH FIREARMS

For crimes committed with a firearm, increases, by 25%, the sentence applicable to the underlying crime

Sen. Frantz

5269

AA INCREASING THE PENALTY FOR CRIMINAL USE OF A FIREARM OR ELECTRONIC DEFENSE WEAPON

Increases the penalty for criminal use of a firearm or electronic defense weapon from a class D to a class C felony

Rep. Sampson

5656

AAC THE PENALTY FOR A CRIME COMMITTED WITH A FIREARM

Increases the mandatory minimum prison sentence for a person who, in the commission of a crime, uses, threatens to use, displays, or purports to have a firearm

Rep. Mikutel

5676

AA INCREASING THE MINIMUM PENALTY FOR ILLEGALLY SELLING OR POSSESSING A FIREARM

Increases the minimum penalties for illegally selling or possessing a firearm

Reps. Cafero, Candelora, Klarides

5952

AAC THE PENALTY FOR CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM OR ELECTRONIC DEFENSE WEAPON

Increases the penalty for criminal possession of a firearm or electronic defense weapon from a class D felony to a class C felony

Rep. Sampson

6134

AAC THE EARNED RISK REDUCTION CREDIT PROGRAM

Prohibits a person convicted of certain crimes, including several crimes involving firearms such as 1st degree manslaughter with a firearm, from earning these credits to reduce a person's sentence

Reps. Cafero, Candelora, Klarides

The following categories also contain bills with provisions on crimes/sentencing:

Assault Weapons—5953

Permits and Eligibility Certificates—6249

INSURANCE/LIABILITY

140

AAC LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR FIREARM OWNERS AND SALES TAX ON AMMUNITION

Requires firearm owners to maintain liability insurance

Establishes a sales tax on the sale of ammunition at a rate of 50% on the entire sales price, except for sales at a firing or shooting range for use at the range during the same visit as the purchase

Sen. Bye, Rep. Godfrey

5268

AA REQUIRING THE MAINTENANCE OF LIABILITY INSURANCE BY FIREARM OWNERS AND ESTABLISHING A SALES TAX ON AMMUNITION

Requires firearm owners to maintain liability insurance

Establishes a sales tax on the sale of ammunition at a rate of 50% on the entire sales price, except for sales at a firing or shooting range for use at the range during the same visit as the purchase

Sen. Bye, Rep. Godfrey

5452

AA REQUIRING GUN OWNERS TO CARRY LIABILITY INSURANCE

Requires (1) someone seeking to purchase a firearm or ammunition to acquire an insurance policy and present proof of insurance to a firearm dealer, including a licensed gun dealer at a gun show and (2) current firearm owners to obtain insurance

Rep. Ritter

5660

AAC IMMUNITY FROM LIABILITY FOR HARM CAUSED TO AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS COMMITTING VIOLENT ACTS AGAINST OTHERS WHILE ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

Provides that no person shall be liable for an injury that he or she causes to another person who is in the process of committing violent acts against others in a gun-free school zone

Rep. Miner

6261

AAC LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO ASSAULT WEAPONS AND FIREARMS

Provides civil and criminal liability for property damage or personal injury resulting from:

failure to report the loss or theft of an assault weapon or firearm or

providing access to an assault weapon or firearm or transferring one to someone known to be ineligible to possess it

Rep. Buck-Taylor

PERMITS AND ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATES

377

AAC THE SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION OF PISTOL PERMITS

Suspends or revokes a permit to carry a pistol or revolver after an arrest for operating a motor vehicle under the influence

Sen. Looney

606

AAC APPLICATION CRITERIA FOR A PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER

Prohibits a person from obtaining a permit to carry a pistol or revolver if he or she was confined in a hospital for persons with psychiatric disabilities within the last 60, instead of the last 12, months as currently required

Sen. Looney

607

AAC APPLICATION FOR A TEMPORARY PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER

Requires an individual who applies for a temporary permit to carry a pistol or revolver to apply to the local authority in the person's town of permanent residence and limits applications to once every 12 months

Sen. Looney

611

AAC THE FEE FOR ISSUANCE AND RENEWAL OF A STATE PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER

Increases the fee for a permit to carry a pistol or revolver to $300, with $150 retained by the local authority

Increases the permit renewal fee to $150

Sen. Looney

710

AAC PERMITS FOR GUN SHOWS

Creates a gun show permit

Sen. Looney

739

AAC THE APPEAL OF FIREARMS PERMITTING DECISIONS

Eliminates the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners and allows appeals to Superior Court after a (1) refusal to issue or renew a firearm permit or certificate, (2) limitation or revocation of one, or (3) refusal or failure to furnish an application

Sen. Looney

780

AAC SUITABILITY FOR A PISTOL OR REVOLVER PERMIT

Defines the terms “suitable person” and “suitability” for purposes of pistol and revolver permit eligibility

Gives local authorities 12 weeks to act on permit applications

Allows local authorities to require applicants to consent to the release of documents or evidence the authorities reasonably believe will assist in a suitability determination

Allows local authorities to consider certain factors related to suitability for a permit including psychiatric disabilities, attempted suicide or harm to self, participation or alleged participation in crimes involving violence or the use of a firearm, arrests or convictions or other involvement with controlled substances, criminal arrests and convictions, association with people ineligible for pistol or revolver permits, military service record, incidents of workplace violence, protective or restraining orders or foreign orders of protection issued against the applicant, and allegations of or conviction for cruelty to animals

Sen. Looney

5112

AAC THE DISCLOSURE OF THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PERSONS HOLDING HANDGUN PERMITS

Eliminates the exemption from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act for names and addresses of holders of permits to sell or carry a pistol or revolver or an eligibility certificate for a pistol or revolver

Rep. Dargan

5176

AAC THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR A TEMPORARY STATE PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER

Requires an applicant for a temporary state permit to carry a pistol or revolver to provide:

a complete and notarized application on the prescribed form that cannot be modified or supplemented with additional forms,

proof of lawful presence in the United States,

a signed certificate of successful completion of a safety course, and

two sets of fingerprints

Rep. Sampson

5956

AAC RENEWAL OF PISTOL AND REVOLVER PERMITS

Requires a renewal of permits to carry a pistol or revolver and eligibility certificates every two, rather than every five, years

Reps. Grogins, Fawcett

6129

AAC ELIGIBILITY TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER

Extends, from 12 to 36 months, the disqualification period for carrying a pistol or revolver due to confinement in a hospital for persons with psychiatric disabilities under a probate court order

Reps. Cafero, Candelora, Klarides

6161

AAC INELIGIBILITY FOR A PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER

Prohibits a person from obtaining a permit to carry a pistol or revolver if he or she was confined in a hospital for persons with psychiatric disabilities within the last 24, instead of the last 12, months

Expands the prohibition to include any hospitalization and not just those ordered by a probate court

Rep. Miner

6162

AAC INELIGIBILITY FOR A PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER BASED ON A PRIOR HOSPITALIZATION

Prohibits a person from obtaining a permit to carry a pistol or revolver due to confinement in a hospital for persons with psychiatric disabilities within the last 24, instead of the last 12, months

Expands the prohibition to include any hospitalization and not just those ordered by a probate court

Expands the prohibition to include any hospitalization of a person in the applicant's household

Rep. Miner

6244

AAC THE PURCHASE OF LONG GUNS AND LONG GUN AMMUNITION

Creates an eligibility certificate for a rifle or shotgun

Reps. Grogins, Fawcett

6247

AAC THE DETERMINATION OF THE MENTAL HEALTH STATUS OF AN INDIVIDUAL APPLYING FOR A PISTOL OR REVOLVER CERTIFICATE OR PERMIT

Requires the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) to check with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to determine whether an applicant for a new or renewed pistol or revolver certificate or permit has been confined in a hospital for persons with psychiatric disabilities by order of a probate court within the previous three years, rather than the previous 12 months

Rep. Bolinsky

6249

AAC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PURCHASE AND STORAGE OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION

Requires a person to have a long gun eligibility certificate to purchase a rifle, shotgun, or other long gun

Requires that, during the 12 months before renewal of an eligibility certificate or a permit to carry a pistol or revolver, the certificate or permit holder repeat the training course required initially

Requires applicants for an eligibility certificate or permit to carry a pistol or revolver to acknowledge that applications may be denied due to being identified as at risk in a firearms database

Increases the fee for renewal of eligibility certificates and permits to $75 with $5 used to promote the safe storage of firearms

Requires ammunition purchasers to have an eligibility certificate or permit to carry a pistol or revolver before purchase

Requires people owning firearms to store (1) unloaded firearms with a trigger locking device installed and separately from ammunition and (2) loaded firearms in a gun safe

Requires any firearm that is not in use in a home be stored in a gun safe if a family member is identified as at risk in a firearms database

Makes a person who used a firearm while committing a crime or illegally possessed a firearm ineligible for any early release program or parole

Rep. Carter

6260

AAC A MUNICIPAL RESPONSE TO GUN VIOLENCE

Expands the definition of an “assault weapon” to include weapons banned under California law

Requires a rifle permit to purchase a rifle, shot gun, or other long gun unless the buyer has a permit to carry or an eligibility certificate

Allows a town's first selectman, mayor, or municipal chief executive to designate a chief of police, resident state trooper, or the Connecticut Board of Firearms Permit Examiners as the local authority to issue permits for pistols, revolvers, and rifles

Grants a right of appeal to the Superior Court for permit issuing authorities whose permit denial is overturned administratively

Expands the list of criminal offenses that prohibit an individual from obtaining a permit for a pistol, revolver, or rifle

Alters the enforcement of existing state firearms laws

Requires an updated background check to be completed on all permit renewals

Requires a pistol, revolver, or rifle permit to purchase ammunition

Regulates online purchase and delivery of ammunition

Prohibits bulk firearm purchase

Requires trigger locks with each firearm purchase

Prohibits civilian possession of body armor

Rep. Godfrey, Sen. Bye

The following categories also contain bills with provisions on permits and eligibility certificates:

Ammunition—161, 613, 5950

Transactions—503, 600, 610, 6163

REGISTRIES

207

AA ESTABLISHING A REGISTRY OF FIREARM-RELATED INJURIES AND DEATHS

Requires the state police to maintain a registry documenting the circumstances under which people are killed or injured by firearms

Sen. Looney

734

AA ESTABLISHING A GUN OFFENDER REGISTRY

Requires individuals convicted of certain firearms offenses and certain violent crimes with a weapon to register with DESPP and their local law enforcement authority for five years after their release into the community

Requires these offenders to report to their local law enforcement authority regularly during their registration period

Limits access to the registry to law enforcement personnel

Sen. Looney

737

AAC THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A GUN OFFENDER REGISTRY

Establishes a gun offender registry that would make information about people convicted of certain firearm-related offenses who have been released into the community available to police departments to assist them in gathering information on crimes in their communities

Sen. Ayala

6245

AA REQUIRING THE REGISTRATION OF FIREARMS

Requires firearm owners to register their firearms with DESPP

Reps. Grogins, Fawcett

The following categories also contain bills with provisions on registries:

Ammunition—161, 613, 5950

STORAGE

604

AAC THE SECURE SAFEKEEPING OF FIREARMS

Provides that no one store or keep a firearm on premises under his or her control if he or she knows or should know that another person residing in the home presents a danger to himself, herself, or others unless the person keeps the firearm in a securely locked box or container

Sen. Frantz

782

AAC SECURE STORAGE OF A FIREARM

Expands the requirement to securely store a firearm to include when a resident is ineligible to possess a firearm or receive a permit to carry one

Sen. Looney

5654

AAC HOUSEHOLD ACCESS TO FIREARMS BY A PERSON WHO POSES A RISK OF IMMINENT PERSONAL INJURY TO HIMSELF OR OTHERS

Permits the police or a state's attorney to file a complaint with the Superior Court with respect to a person who poses a risk of imminent personal injury to himself, herself, or others when the person is in a household with someone who possesses a firearm

Rep. O'Neill

6006

AA REQUIRING GUN STORE OWNERS TO SAFELY SECURE RIFLES

Requires gun store owners to safely secure their inventory of rifles

Rep. Alexander

6010

AA PROMOTING THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF STATE RESIDENTS

Requires owners to secure firearms in a locked box or container in the home if a resident is under a conservatorship

Requires a person to notify police within 24 hours of learning of an imminent threat of harm or death made by a person who has access to firearms or explosive devices

Imposes duties on mental health professionals

Rep. Mushinsky

The following categories also contain bills with provisions on storage:

Ammunition—161, 5935, 5950

Permits and Eligibility Certificates—6249

TRANSACTIONS

1

AAC THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS FROM VIOLENCE

Strengthens provisions on sale, possession, and transfer of firearms, assault weapons, and ammunition

Enacts measures to enhance safety in schools, residences, and the community

Sen. Williams

503

AAC STATE AGENCY RESPONSIBILITY WITH RESPECT TO FEDERAL CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK INFORMATION

Ensures state agencies timely provide data required for federal criminal background checks

Sen. Kissel

505

AAC THE MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT TO PURCHASE A RIFLE

Requires that an individual must be at least age 21, rather than 18, to purchase a rifle

Sen. Ayala

506

AA REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL PRIVATE FIREARM SALES

Requires background checks for private firearm sales to individuals, excluding immediate family members

Sen. Frantz

600

AAC THE PURCHASE OF A RIFLE OR SHOTGUN

Requires an individual to obtain a permit to purchase a rifle or shotgun

Sen. Looney

605

AAC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PURCHASE OF A RIFLE OR SHOTGUN

Establishes the same background check and record-keeping requirements for sales of rifles and shotguns as currently required for pistol or revolver transactions, and extend the requirements to all secondary and private sales, including all gun show sales

Sen. Looney

609

AA PROHIBITING THE PURCHASE OF MORE THAN ONE PISTOL OR REVOLVER IN A THIRTY-DAY PERIOD

Prohibits an individual from purchasing more than one pistol or revolver within 30 days

Sen. Looney

610

AA ELIMINATING THE OPTION OF OBTAINING AN ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATE FOR A PISTOL OR REVOLVER

Eliminates the eligibility certificate for a pistol or revolver and requires a person who purchases a pistol or revolver to first obtain a state permit to carry

Sen. Looney

711

AA ESTABLISHING AN AGE RESTRICTION ON THE PURCHASE OF LONG GUNS

Prohibits the purchase of firearms other than pistols and revolvers by anyone under age 18, regardless of whether it is a retail purchase

Sen. Looney

5937

AA REQUIRING UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ALL FIREARM SALES AT GUN SHOWS

Requires the seller of a firearm at a gun show to take the necessary steps for a background check on any individual purchasing a firearm

Rep. Labriola

5951

AA PROHIBITING THE SALE OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION THROUGH THE INTERNET

Prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunition through the Internet

Rep. Grogins

5957

AA LIMITING THE NUMBER OF PISTOLS OR REVOLVERS AN INDIVIDUAL MAY PURCHASE IN ANY THIRTY-DAY PERIOD

Limits the number of pistols or revolvers an individual may purchase in a 30 -day period

Rep. Candelaria

6008

AA REQUIRING REPORTING OF FIREARM INVENTORY

Requires people and entities that sell or manufacture firearms in Connecticut to report their inventory to DESPP

Requires a licensed seller or manufacturer to prove a legal transfer for firearms that cannot be matched to a legal purchaser or transferee

Fines sellers or manufacturers who do not comply

Rep. Candelaria

6163

AA CREATING A DATABASE OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PROHIBITED FROM PURCHASING OR POSSESSING A FIREARM DUE TO PSYCHIATRIC OR PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDER

Authorizes DESPP to establish a database of the names, addresses, dates of birth, and last four digits of the Social Security numbers of people identified by licensed psychiatrists or psychologists as “at risk” due to psychiatric or psychological disorder

Makes those identified ineligible to possess or purchase a firearm

Limits database access to licensed psychiatrists and psychologists, who can delete information based on medical judgments, and state police

Rep. Carter

6216

AAC THE REGULATION OF FIREARMS, ASSAULT WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION

Strengthens record retention requirements for firearms, assault weapons, and ammunition

Limits the number of firearms that a person may purchase or receive in a single transaction or within a period of time

Requires the same background checks for purchases at gun shows as for purchases from federally-licensed firearm dealers

Limits the sale of ammunition to people eligible to possess firearms

Designates a weapon as an assault weapon if it has only one of the required functional features instead of two of the functional and nonfunctional features currently required

Prohibits possession of certain ammunition feeding devices that accept a large number of rounds

Rep. Holder-Winfield

6250

AAC CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS PRIOR TO THE SALE OR DELIVERY OF FIREARMS OTHER THAN HANDGUNS

Requires background checks prior to the sale or delivery of any firearms other than pistols or revolvers, regardless of whether sold at retail

Excludes from the background check and waiting period requirements only peace officers and active U.S. armed forces members

Reps. Grogins, Fawcett

6251

AA REQUIRING FINGERPRINTING AND CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS PRIOR TO THE SALE, DELIVERY OR TRANSFER OF ALL LONG GUNS

Requires background checks before sale, delivery, or transfer of any firearm other than a pistol or revolver

Rep. Yaccarino

The following categories also contain bills with provisions on transactions:

Ammunition—5935

Crimes/Sentencing—122, 612, 679, 740, 5676

Insurance/Liability—140, 5268, 5452, 6261

Permits and Eligibility Certificates—6249, 6260

OTHER

277

AAC SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICIES REGARDING THE CARRYING OF FIREARMS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Permits boards of education to adopt policies regarding the carrying of firearms in public schools

Sen. Kissel

299

AAC COMMUNICATION AMONG STATE AND LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS DURING ACTIVE-SHOOTER INCIDENTS

Requires the state police to use the Connecticut Statewide Police Emergency Network to notify all local police departments of any ongoing shooting incident at a school, shopping mall, or other heavily populated location

Sen. Kane

5179

AAC ACCESS TO THE INTERACTIVE VOICE RESPONSE SYSTEM OF THE SPECIAL LICENSING AND FIREARMS UNIT OF THE DIVISION OF STATE POLICE

Requires the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit of the state police to provide firearm dealers access to the unit's interactive voice response system at all times, including on non-business days, to obtain firearm sale authorization numbers

Rep. Hovey

5934

AAC THE FEASIBILITY OF OUTFITTING FIREARMS WITH BIOMETRIC READING DEVICES

Requires the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering to study the feasibility of outfitting firearms sold in Connecticut with biometric reading devices that permit only the owner of a firearm to use it

Rep. O'Neill

6013

AAC THE USE OF HAND-HELD METAL DETECTORS BY PEACE OFFICERS

Permits peace officers to carry and use hand-held metal detectors to search suspects for firearms

Rep. Miller

6131

AAC LOST AND STOLEN FIREARMS AND GUN TRAFFICKING

Alters restrictions regarding lost and stolen firearms and gun trafficking

Rep. Tong

6248

AAC THE REGULATION OF FIREARMS BY THE STATE

Prohibits municipalities from regulating ownership, possession, use, transportation, or transactions involving firearms, ammunition, or firearm components

Provides that the state and federal governments have exclusive jurisdiction on these matters and preempts municipal action unless expressly permitted

Prohibits municipalities from defining any activity related to firearms as a public nuisance or detrimental to public health and safety

Rep. Miner

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