Substitute House Bill No. 5746
          Substitute House Bill No. 5746

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-129


AN ACT CONCERNING HANDGUN SAFETY.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section 1. Subsection  (c) of section 29-33 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c) [When any  pistol  or  revolver  is  sold,
delivered or otherwise transferred, such pistol or
revolver shall be enclosed in a package, the paper
or wrapping of  which  shall be securely fastened,
and no pistol  or revolver when sold, delivered or
otherwise   transferred]  NO   PERSON,   FIRM   OR
CORPORATION  SHALL  SELL,   DELIVER  OR  OTHERWISE
TRANSFER ANY PISTOL  OR  REVOLVER,  OTHER  THAN AT
WHOLESALE,  UNLESS  SUCH  PISTOL  OR  REVOLVER  IS
EQUIPPED WITH A REUSABLE TRIGGER LOCK, GUN LOCK OR
GUN LOCKING DEVICE  APPROPRIATE FOR SUCH PISTOL OR
REVOLVER,   WHICH  LOCK   OR   DEVICE   SHALL   BE
CONSTRUCTED  OF MATERIAL  SUFFICIENTLY  STRONG  TO
PREVENT IT FROM  BEING  EASILY DISABLED AND HAVE A
LOCKING  MECHANISM  ACCESSIBLE   BY   KEY   OR  BY
ELECTRONIC OR OTHER  MECHANICAL ACCESSORY SPECIFIC
TO SUCH LOCK  OR  DEVICE  TO  PREVENT UNAUTHORIZED
REMOVAL. NO PISTOL  OR REVOLVER shall be loaded or
contain therein any  gunpowder  or other explosive
or any bullet,  ball  or shell WHEN SUCH PISTOL OR
REVOLVER   IS   SOLD,   DELIVERED   OR   OTHERWISE
TRANSFERRED.
    Sec. 2. Section 29-37b of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a) Each person,  firm  or  corporation  which
engages in the  retail  sale  of  any [firearm, as
defined in section  53a-3]  PISTOL OR REVOLVER, at
the time of  sale  of any such [firearm] PISTOL OR
REVOLVER, shall [provide  to the purchaser thereof
(1) a] (1)  EQUIP  SUCH  PISTOL OR REVOLVER WITH A
REUSABLE trigger lock,  gun  lock  or  gun locking
device appropriate for such firearm, WHICH LOCK OR
DEVICE   SHALL   BE    CONSTRUCTED   OF   MATERIAL
SUFFICIENTLY  STRONG  TO  PREVENT  IT  FROM  BEING
EASILY  DISABLED  AND  HAVE  A  LOCKING  MECHANISM
ACCESSIBLE  BY  KEY  OR  BY  ELECTRONIC  OR  OTHER
MECHANICAL  ACCESSORY SPECIFIC  TO  SUCH  LOCK  OR
DEVICE TO PREVENT  UNAUTHORIZED  REMOVAL,  and (2)
PROVIDE TO THE PURCHASER THEREOF a written warning
which shall state  in  block letters not less than
one inch in  height: "UNLAWFUL STORAGE OF A LOADED
FIREARM MAY RESULT IN IMPRISONMENT OR FINE."
    (b)  Each such  person,  firm  or  corporation
shall conspicuously post  and at all times display
[at each service counter] the warning specified in
subsection (a) of  this  section  in block letters
not less than three inches in height.
    (c)  Any person,  firm  or  corporation  which
violates any provision  of  this  section shall be
fined not less  than five hundred dollars for each
violation.
    Sec. 3. (NEW)  (a)  Whenever a law enforcement
agency  seizes a  firearm  in  connection  with  a
criminal arrest or  pursuant  to  a search warrant
without an arrest or otherwise recovers a firearm,
such agency shall  forthwith  take all appropriate
steps to identify  and  trace  the history of such
firearm.
    (b)  In  complying   with  the  provisions  of
subsection (a) of  this section, a law enforcement
agency shall use  the  National  Tracing Center of
the  Federal  Bureau   of   Alcohol,  Tobacco  and
Firearms.  Such  law   enforcement   agency  shall
immediately  transmit  to   the  National  Tracing
Center,  by  facsimile   or   by   entering   such
information  on  the   Connecticut   On-Line   Law
Enforcement      Communications     Teleprocessing
(COLLECT)   System  when   said   system   becomes
available   for  transmitting   such   information
directly  to  the  National  Tracing  Center,  all
information   necessary   to   comply   with   the
provisions of subsection (a) of this section.
    (c) The Department of Public Safety shall take
appropriate action to  allow the COLLECT System to
be used by  law  enforcement agencies in complying
with the provisions of this section.
    (d) Whenever a  firearm  is  identified and is
determined   to  have   been   stolen,   the   law
enforcement agency shall  return  such  firearm to
the rightful owner  thereof provided such owner is
not prohibited from  possessing  such  firearm and
such agency does  not  need to retain such firearm
as evidence in a criminal prosecution.
    Sec. 4. Subsection (a) of section 29-30 of the
general statutes is  repealed and the following is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The fee  for each permit originally issued
under the provisions  of subsection (a) of section
29-28, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  for the sale at
retail  of pistols  and  revolvers  shall  be  one
hundred dollars and  for  each renewal thereof one
hundred  dollars.  The   fee   for   each   permit
originally   issued  under   the   provisions   of
subsection (b) of  section  29-28,  AS  AMENDED BY
THIS  ACT,  for   the   carrying  of  pistols  and
revolvers shall be  thirty-five  dollars  and  for
each  renewal thereof  thirty-five  dollars.  Such
fees shall be  paid  to  the authority issuing the
same and by him to the municipality wherein issued
or the state, as the case may be. [Upon deposit of
such fees in the General Fund, ten dollars of each
fee shall be  credited  within  thirty days to the
appropriation to the  Department  of Public Safety
to a separate  nonlapsing account for the purposes
of the issuance  of  permits under subsections (a)
and (b) of section 29-28.]
    Sec. 5. Section  29-29 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    No permit for  carrying any pistol or revolver
shall be issued  under  the  provisions of section
29-28 unless the  applicant  for the same gives to
the  issuing authority,  upon  its  request,  full
information concerning his  criminal  record,  and
such issuing authority shall thereupon take a full
description  [and  the   fingerprints]   of   such
applicant and make an investigation concerning his
suitability to carry any such weapons. The issuing
authority  shall TAKE  THE  FINGERPRINTS  OF  SUCH
APPLICANT UNLESS THE  ISSUING AUTHORITY DETERMINES
THAT THE FINGERPRINTS  OF SUCH APPLICANT HAVE BEEN
PREVIOUSLY TAKEN AND  HIS IDENTITY ESTABLISHED AND
SUCH APPLICANT PRESENTS  IDENTIFICATION  THAT  THE
ISSUING AUTHORITY VERIFIES  AS  VALID. THE ISSUING
AUTHORITY SHALL record  the  date the fingerprints
were taken in  the  applicant's  file  and, within
five  business  days  of  such  date,  [if  deemed
necessary, may] SHALL forward such fingerprints to
the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national
criminal   history   records    check.   [If   the
applicant's  fingerprints  are  submitted  to  the
Federal Bureau of  Investigation  for such records
check, the] THE  issuing  authority  may,  in  his
discretion, issue such permit before a report from
said bureau relative  to  such  applicant's record
has been received.  Upon  receipt  of such report,
the issuing authority  shall  inform the applicant
and render a  decision  on  the application within
one week of  the  receipt  of  the report. If such
report has not  been  received  within eight weeks
after a sufficient  application  for  a permit has
been made, the  issuing authority shall inform the
applicant of such  delay,  in  writing.  No permit
shall  be issued  if  the  issuing  authority  has
reason to believe  the  applicant  has  ever  been
convicted of a felony.
    Sec. 6. Section  29-28 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a) No person who sells ten or more pistols or
revolvers   in   a   calendar   year   or   is   a
federally-licensed firearm dealer shall advertise,
sell, deliver, or  offer  or  expose  for  sale or
delivery, or have in his possession with intent to
sell or deliver,  any pistol or revolver at retail
without  having  a   permit   therefor  issued  as
hereinafter  provided. The  chief  of  police  or,
where there is  no  chief of police, the warden of
the borough or the first selectman of the town, as
the case may  be, may, upon the application of any
person, issue a  permit  in  such  form  as may be
prescribed by the  Commissioner  of  Public Safety
for the sale  at  retail  of pistols and revolvers
within the jurisdiction  of  the authority issuing
such permit. No  permit  for the sale at retail of
any pistol or  revolver shall be issued unless the
applicant holds a  valid  eligibility  certificate
for  a  pistol  or  revolver  issued  pursuant  to
section 29-36f or a valid permit to carry a pistol
or revolver issued  pursuant  to subsection (b) of
this   section   and    the    applicant   submits
documentation sufficient to  establish  that local
zoning requirements have been met for the location
where the sale  is  to  take place except that any
person selling or  exchanging a pistol or revolver
for the enhancement  of  a  personal collection or
for a hobby  or  who  sells  all  or  part  of his
personal collection of  pistols or revolvers shall
not be required  to  submit such documentation for
the location where the sale or exchange is to take
place.
    (b) Upon the  application of any person having
a bona fide  residence or place of business within
the jurisdiction of any such authority or upon the
application  of any  bona  fide  resident  of  the
United States having  a permit or license to carry
any firearm issued  by  the authority of any state
or subdivision of the United States, such chief of
police, warden or  selectman may issue a permit to
such person to  carry  a pistol or revolver within
the  jurisdiction of  the  authority  issuing  the
same, provided such authority shall find that such
applicant intends to  make no use of any pistol or
revolver  which  he  may  be  permitted  to  carry
thereunder other than  a  lawful use and that such
person  is  a  suitable  person  to  receive  such
permit. No permit  to  carry  a pistol or revolver
shall  be issued  under  this  subsection  if  the
applicant (1) has  failed to successfully complete
a course approved  by  the  Commissioner of Public
Safety  in the  safety  and  use  of  pistols  and
revolvers including, but  not limited to, a safety
or training course  in  the  use  of  pistols  and
revolvers available to the public offered by a law
enforcement   agency,   a    private   or   public
educational  institution or  a  firearms  training
school,  utilizing instructors  certified  by  the
National Rifle Association  or  the  Department of
Environmental Protection and  a safety or training
course  in  the   use   of  pistols  or  revolvers
conducted by an  instructor certified by the state
or the National  Rifle  Association,  (2) has been
convicted  of  a  felony  or  of  a  violation  of
subsection (c) of section 21a-279, section 53a-58,
53a-61, 53a-61a, 53a-62,  53a-63, 53a-96, 53a-175,
53a-176,  53a-178  or   53a-181d,   (3)  HAS  BEEN
CONVICTED AS DELINQUENT  FOR  THE  COMMISSION OF A
SERIOUS JUVENILE OFFENSE,  AS  DEFINED  IN SECTION
46b-120, AS AMENDED, [(3)] (4) has been discharged
from custody within  the  preceding  twenty  years
after having been  found  not guilty of a crime by
reason of mental  disease  or  defect  pursuant to
section 53a-13, [(4)]  (5)  has been confined in a
hospital  for  [mental   illness]   PERSONS   WITH
PSYCHIATRIC DISABILITIES, as  defined  in  section
17a-495, within the  preceding  twelve  months  by
order of a  probate court, [(5)] (6) is subject to
a restraining or  protective  order  issued  by  a
court in a  case  involving the use, attempted use
or  threatened  use   of  physical  force  against
another person, or [(6)] (7) is an alien illegally
or unlawfully in  the  United  States.  Nothing in
this section shall  require any person who holds a
valid permit to  carry  a  pistol  or  revolver on
October 1, 1994,  to participate in any additional
training in the  safety  and  use  of  pistols and
revolvers.    Said    commissioner    may,    upon
application, issue, to  any  holder  of  any  such
permit, a permit  to  carry  a  pistol or revolver
within the state.  Each permit to carry any pistol
or revolver shall  be issued in triplicate and one
of the copies issued by said commissioner shall be
delivered to the  person to whom issued, one shall
be delivered forthwith  to  the  authority issuing
the local permit and one shall be retained by said
commissioner, and the  local authority issuing any
such permit shall  forthwith  deliver  one of such
copies to the  person  to whom issued and one copy
to said commissioner  and shall retain one of such
copies. The copy  of the state permit delivered to
the permittee shall be laminated and shall contain
a full-face photograph of such permittee. A person
holding  a  permit   issued   pursuant   to   this
subsection  shall  notify  the  issuing  authority
within two business  days  of  any  change  of his
address. The notification  shall  include  his old
address and his new address.
    (c) No issuing authority may require any sworn
member of the  Department  of  Public Safety or an
organized local police  department  to furnish his
residence address in  a  permit  application.  The
issuing  authority shall  allow  each  such  sworn
member who has  a  permit  to  carry  a  pistol or
revolver  on  May   26,   1992,   issued  by  such
authority, to revise  his  application  to include
his business or post office address in lieu of his
residence  address. The  issuing  authority  shall
notify each such  member  of  his  right to revise
such application.
    (d) Notwithstanding the provisions of sections
1-19 and 1-19a,  the  name and address of a person
issued a permit  to  sell  at  retail  pistols and
revolvers  pursuant  to  subsection  (a)  of  this
section or a permit to carry pistols and revolvers
pursuant to subsection  (b) of this section, shall
be confidential and shall not be disclosed, except
(1)  such information  may  be  disclosed  to  law
enforcement officials acting in the performance of
their duties, [and]  (2)  an issuing authority may
disclose such information  to the extent necessary
to comply with  a request made pursuant to section
29-33 for verification  that  such permit is still
valid and has  not  been suspended or revoked, AND
(3)  SUCH INFORMATION  MAY  BE  DISCLOSED  TO  THE
COMMISSIONER  OF  MENTAL   HEALTH   AND  ADDICTION
SERVICES TO CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF SUBSECTION
(c) OF SECTION 17a-500, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT.
    (e) THE ISSUANCE OF A PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL
OR REVOLVER UNDER  SUBSECTION  (b) OF THIS SECTION
DOES  NOT  THEREBY  AUTHORIZE  THE  POSSESSION  OR
CARRYING OF A  PISTOL  OR REVOLVER IN ANY PREMISES
WHERE THE POSSESSION  OR  CARRYING  OF A PISTOL OR
REVOLVER IS OTHERWISE  PROHIBITED  BY  LAW  OR  IS
PROHIBITED BY THE  PERSON  WHO  OWNS  OR EXERCISES
CONTROL OVER SUCH PREMISES.
    Sec. 7. Section 29-36g of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a)  Requests  for   eligibility  certificates
under section 29-36f,  AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,
shall be submitted  to  the Commissioner of Public
Safety  on application  forms  prescribed  by  the
commissioner.  No eligibility  certificate  for  a
pistol  or revolver  shall  be  issued  under  the
provisions of said  section  unless  the applicant
for the same  gives  to the Commissioner of Public
Safety,  upon  his   request,   full   information
concerning  the applicant's  criminal  record  and
relevant  information concerning  the  applicant's
mental health history,  and the commissioner shall
thereupon  take  a   full   description   and  the
fingerprints of such  applicant.  The commissioner
shall record the  date the fingerprints were taken
in the applicant's  file  and  shall  forward such
fingerprints   to   the    Federal    Bureau    of
Investigation  for  a  national  criminal  history
records check and  to  the  State Police Bureau of
Identification  for  a   state   criminal  history
records  check.  The  commissioner  shall,  within
sixty days of  receipt  of  the  national criminal
history records check  from  the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, either approve  the application and
issue  the eligibility  certificate  or  deny  the
application and notify the applicant of the reason
for such denial in writing.
    (b) With respect  to  any  application  for an
eligibility    certificate    filed    with    the
Commissioner of Public Safety on or before July 1,
1995,  the  commissioner  shall,  not  later  than
October 1, 1995,  (1)  approve the application and
issue the eligibility  certificate,  (2)  issue  a
temporary eligibility certificate  or (3) deny the
application and notify the applicant of the reason
for such denial  in  writing.  With respect to any
application for an  eligibility  certificate filed
with the Commissioner  of Public Safety after July
1, 1995, the  commissioner  shall,  within  ninety
days, (1) approve  the  application  and issue the
eligibility  certificate, (2)  issue  a  temporary
eligibility   certificate   or    (3)   deny   the
application and notify the applicant of the reason
for   such  denial   in   writing.   A   temporary
certificate issued under  this subsection shall be
valid until such  time  as the commissioner either
approves or denies the application.
    (c) An eligibility certificate for a pistol or
revolver shall be  of such form and content as the
commissioner may prescribe, shall be signed by the
certificate   holder   and    shall   contain   an
identification number, the  name,  address,  place
and date of birth, height, weight and eye color of
the certificate holder  and a full-face photograph
of the certificate holder.
    (d)   A   person    holding   an   eligibility
certificate  issued  by   the  commissioner  shall
notify the commissioner  within  two business days
of any change  of  his  address.  The notification
shall include his old address and his new address.
    (e) Notwithstanding the provisions of sections
1-19 and 1-19a,  the  name and address of a person
issued an eligibility  certificate for a pistol or
revolver under the  provisions  of  section 29-36f
shall be confidential  and shall not be disclosed,
except (1) such  information  may  be disclosed to
law   enforcement   officials    acting   in   the
performance  of  their   duties,   [and]  (2)  the
Commissioner of Public  Safety  may  disclose such
information to the extent necessary to comply with
a  request made  pursuant  to  section  29-33  for
verification that such  certificate is still valid
and has not  been  suspended  or  revoked, AND (3)
SUCH  INFORMATION  MAY   BE   DISCLOSED   TO   THE
COMMISSIONER  OF  MENTAL   HEALTH   AND  ADDICTION
SERVICES TO CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF SUBSECTION
(c) OF SECTION 17a-500, AS AMENDED.
    (f) An eligibility certificate for a pistol or
revolver shall not authorize the holder thereof to
carry a pistol  or  revolver  upon  his  person in
circumstances for which a permit to carry a pistol
or revolver issued  pursuant  to subsection (b) of
section 29-28, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, is required
under section 29-35.
    Sec. 8. Subsection  (a)  of section 53-202d of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Any  person  who  lawfully  possesses  an
assault weapon, as  defined  in  section  53-202a,
prior to October  1,  1993, shall apply by October
1, 1994, or,  if  such  person  is a member of the
military or naval  forces  of this state or of the
United States and is unable to apply by October 1,
1994, because he or she is or was on official duty
outside of this  state,  shall apply within ninety
days of returning  to  the state to the Department
of Public Safety,  for a certificate of possession
with  respect  to   such   assault   weapon.   The
certificate shall contain  a  description  of  the
firearm that identifies it uniquely, including all
identification marks, the full name, address, date
of birth and  thumbprint  of  the  owner,  and any
other  information  as  the  department  may  deem
appropriate.    The   department    shall    adopt
regulations in accordance  with  the provisions of
chapter 54 not  later  than  January  1,  1994, to
establish   procedures   with   respect   to   the
application for and  issuance  of  certificates of
possession    pursuant    to     this     section.
Notwithstanding the provisions  of  sections  1-19
and 1-19a, the name and address of a person issued
a certificate of  possession shall be confidential
and shall not  be  disclosed,  except such records
may be disclosed  to (1) law enforcement agencies,
AND (2) THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  MENTAL  HEALTH  AND
ADDICTION SERVICES TO  CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF
SUBSECTION (c) OF  SECTION  17a-500, AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT.
    Sec. 9. Section 53-206 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    [(a)] Any person  who  carries upon his person
any [slung shot,  air  rifle,] BB. gun, blackjack,
[sand bag,] metal  or  brass knuckles, or any dirk
knife, or any switch knife, or any knife having an
automatic spring release  device  by which a blade
is released from  the  handle,  having  a blade of
over  one  and   one-half  inches  in  length,  or
stiletto, or any  knife  the  edged portion of the
blade of which  is  four inches or over in length,
or any martial  arts  weapon or electronic defense
weapon, as defined  in section 53a-3, or any other
dangerous or deadly  weapon or instrument, [unless
such person has  been  granted  a  written  permit
issued and signed  by  the  first  selectman  of a
town, the mayor  or  chief  of police of a city or
the warden of  a  borough, authorizing such person
to carry such  weapon  or  instrument  within such
town, city or  borough,]  shall  be fined not more
than five hundred  dollars  or imprisoned not more
than three years  or  both.  [No  permit  shall be
issued  to  any   applicant   who  has  ever  been
convicted of a  felony.  The issuing authority may
request  the  applicant's  fingerprints  and  full
information  concerning his  criminal  record  and
make an investigation  concerning  the suitability
of the applicant to carry any such weapon. Refusal
of  fingerprinting  by   the  applicant  shall  be
sufficient cause to  refuse issuance of a permit.]
Whenever any person is found guilty of a violation
of this [subsection]  SECTION, any weapon or other
[implement]  INSTRUMENT  within   the   provisions
[hereof] OF THIS  SECTION,  found upon the body of
such   person,   shall   be   forfeited   to   the
municipality wherein such  person was apprehended,
notwithstanding any failure  of  the  judgment  of
conviction to expressly  impose  such  forfeiture.
[Any person who has been granted a permit to carry
any martial arts  weapon  pursuant to this section
may carry such  weapon anywhere within the state.]
The provisions of  this [subsection] SECTION shall
not apply to  THE  CARRYING  OF A KNIFE, THE EDGED
PORTION OF THE  BLADE  OF  WHICH IS FOUR INCHES OR
OVER IN LENGTH,  BY  any  officer charged with the
preservation of the  public  peace  [nor to] WHILE
ENGAGED IN THE PURSUIT OF HIS OFFICIAL DUTIES, ANY
MEMBER OF THE  ARMED  FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES,
AS  DEFINED IN  SECTION  27-103,  OR  ANY  RESERVE
COMPONENT THEREOF, OR  OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THIS
STATE, AS DEFINED IN SECTION 27-2, WHEN ON DUTY OR
GOING TO OR  FROM DUTY, ANY MEMBER OF ANY MILITARY
ORGANIZATION WHEN ON  PARADE  OR  WHEN GOING TO OR
FROM  ANY PLACE  OF  ASSEMBLY,  ANY  PERSON  WHILE
TRANSPORTING SUCH KNIFE AS MERCHANDISE, any person
who is found  with  any such [weapon or implement]
KNIFE concealed upon  his  person  while  lawfully
removing his household  goods  or effects from one
place  to  another,   or  from  one  residence  to
another, [nor to]  any  person  while actually and
peaceably engaged in  carrying any such [weapon or
implement]  KNIFE  from  his  place  of  abode  or
business to a  place  or  person  where or by whom
such  [weapon  or   implement]   KNIFE  is  to  be
repaired,   or  while   actually   and   peaceably
returning to his  place  of abode or business with
such [weapon or  implement]  KNIFE  after the same
has been repaired  OR  ANY  PERSON HOLDING A VALID
HUNTING,  FISHING  OR   TRAPPING   LICENSE  ISSUED
PURSUANT  TO  CHAPTER   490   OR  ANY  SALT  WATER
FISHERMAN CARRYING SUCH  KNIFE FOR LAWFUL HUNTING,
FISHING OR TRAPPING ACTIVITIES.
    [(b) Any person  who  sells to another a slung
shot, air rifle,  BB.  gun,  blackjack,  sand bag,
metal or brass knuckles, or any dirk knife, or any
switch knife, or  any  knife  having  an automatic
spring  release  device  by  which  the  blade  is
released from the  handle,  having a blade of over
one and one-half inches in length, or stiletto, or
any  martial arts  weapon  or  electronic  defense
weapon, as defined in section 53a-3, shall, within
twenty-four  hours  after  the  delivery  of  such
weapon or implement  to  the  person to whom sold,
give written notice  of  such  sale  or  delivery,
specifying  the article  sold  and  the  name  and
address of the  person  to whom sold or delivered,
to the chief  of police of the city, the warden of
the borough or  the  first  selectman of the town,
within which such  weapon  or implement is sold or
delivered, as the  case  may  be.  Any  person who
violates any provision of this subsection shall be
fined not more than one hundred dollars.]
    Sec. 10. Subsection  (b)  of section 29-32b of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) Any person  aggrieved  by  any  refusal to
issue or renew  a  permit or certificate under the
provisions of section  29-28  [,]  OR  29-36f, [or
53-206,] or by  any  limitation or revocation of a
permit or certificate  issued  under  any  of said
sections, or by  a  refusal or failure [or] OF any
issuing authority to  furnish  an  application  as
provided in section  29-28a, [or section 53-206a,]
may, within ninety days after receipt of notice of
such refusal, limitation or revocation, or refusal
or failure to supply an application as provided in
section 29-28a, [or  section 53-206a,] and without
prejudice to any  other  course  of action open to
him in law  or  in equity, appeal to the board. On
such  appeal the  board  shall  inquire  into  and
determine the facts,  de novo, and unless it finds
that such a  refusal, limitation or revocation, or
such refusal or  failure to supply an application,
as the case  may  be, would be for just and proper
cause, it shall  order  such permit or certificate
to  be  issued,   renewed   or  restored,  or  the
limitation removed or  modified,  as  the case may
be. If the  refusal  was  for  failure to document
compliance with local  zoning  requirements, under
subsection (a) of  section  29-28,  AS  AMENDED BY
THIS ACT, the board shall not issue a permit.
    Sec. 11. Section 29-38 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    Any person who  knowingly  has, in any vehicle
owned, operated or  occupied  by  him, any weapon,
ANY PISTOL OR  REVOLVER  for which a proper permit
has not been  issued as provided in section 29-28,
AS AMENDED BY  THIS  ACT,  [or section 53-206,] or
ANY MACHINE GUN  WHICH  has  not  BEEN  registered
[such weapon] as  required  by section 53-202, [as
the case may be,] shall be fined not more than one
thousand dollars or  imprisoned not more than five
years  or both,  and  the  presence  of  any  such
weapon, PISTOL OR  REVOLVER, OR MACHINE GUN in any
vehicle  shall  be   prima  facie  evidence  of  a
violation of this  section  by the owner, operator
and each occupant  thereof.  The word "weapon", as
used  in  this   section,  means  any  [pistol  or
revolver] BB. GUN,  ANY  BLACKJACK,  ANY  METAL OR
BRASS KNUCKLES, any  dirk  knife  or switch knife,
[or] any knife  having an automatic spring release
device by which  a  blade  is  released  from  the
handle, having a  blade  of  over one and one-half
inches in length,  [and]  ANY  STILETTO, ANY KNIFE
THE EDGED PORTION  OF  THE  BLADE OF WHICH IS FOUR
INCHES OR OVER  IN LENGTH, ANY MARTIAL ARTS WEAPON
OR  ELECTRONIC  DEFENSE   WEAPON,  AS  DEFINED  IN
SECTION 53a-3, OR  any  other  dangerous or deadly
weapon or instrument. [, including any slung shot,
black jack, sand  bag,  metal  or  brass knuckles,
stiletto, knife, the edged portion of the blade of
which is four  inches or over in length or martial
arts weapon as  defined  in  section  53a-3.]  The
provisions of this section shall not apply to [any
person  enrolled  in  and  currently  attending  a
martial arts school, with official verification of
such enrolment and  attendance,  having  any  such
martial arts weapon  in  a vehicle while traveling
to and from  such  school]  ANY  PERSON  HAVING  A
KNIFE, THE EDGED  PORTION OF THE BLADE OF WHICH IS
FOUR INCHES OR  OVER  IN  LENGTH,  IN A VEHICLE IF
SUCH  PERSON  IS  ANY  OFFICER  CHARGED  WITH  THE
PRESERVATION OF THE  PUBLIC PEACE WHILE ENGAGED IN
THE PURSUIT OF  HIS OFFICIAL DUTIES, ANY MEMBER OF
THE ARMED FORCES  OF THE UNITED STATES, AS DEFINED
IN  SECTION  27-103,   OR  ANY  RESERVE  COMPONENT
THEREOF, OR OF  THE ARMED FORCES OF THIS STATE, AS
DEFINED IN SECTION  27-2, WHEN ON DUTY OR GOING TO
OR  FROM  DUTY,   ANY   MEMBER   OF  ANY  MILITARY
ORGANIZATION WHEN ON  PARADE  OR  WHEN GOING TO OR
FROM  ANY PLACE  OF  ASSEMBLY,  ANY  PERSON  WHILE
TRANSPORTING SUCH KNIFE AS MERCHANDISE, ANY PERSON
WHILE LAWFULLY REMOVING  HIS  HOUSEHOLD  GOODS  OR
EFFECTS FROM ONE  PLACE  TO  ANOTHER,  OR FROM ONE
RESIDENCE TO ANOTHER,  ANY  PERSON  WHILE ACTUALLY
AND PEACEABLY ENGAGED  IN  CARRYING ANY SUCH KNIFE
FROM HIS PLACE  OF ABODE OR BUSINESS TO A PLACE OR
PERSON WHERE OR  BY  WHOM  SUCH  KNIFE  IS  TO  BE
REPAIRED,   OR  WHILE   ACTUALLY   AND   PEACEABLY
RETURNING TO HIS  PLACE  OF ABODE OR BUSINESS WITH
SUCH KNIFE AFTER THE SAME HAS BEEN REPAIRED OR ANY
PERSON  HOLDING  A   VALID   HUNTING,  FISHING  OR
TRAPPING LICENSE ISSUED PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 490 OR
ANY SALT WATER  FISHERMAN  WHILE HAVING SUCH KNIFE
IN  A  VEHICLE  FOR  LAWFUL  HUNTING,  FISHING  OR
TRAPPING ACTIVITIES.
    Sec.  12.  Section   53a-217  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) A person  is guilty of criminal possession
of a firearm  or electronic defense weapon when he
possesses a firearm  or  electronic defense weapon
and (1) has  been convicted of a capital felony, a
class A felony,  except a conviction under section
53a-196a, a class  B  felony,  except a conviction
under section 53a-86, 53a-122 or 53a-196b, a class
C  felony,  except   a  conviction  under  section
53a-87, 53a-152 or  53a-153,  or  a class D felony
under  sections  53a-60   to  53a-60c,  inclusive,
53a-72a,  53a-72b,  53a-95,   53a-103,   53a-103a,
53a-114,  53a-136 or  53a-216,  OR  (2)  HAS  BEEN
CONVICTED AS DELINQUENT  FOR  THE  COMMISSION OF A
SERIOUS JUVENILE OFFENSE,  AS  DEFINED  IN SECTION
46b-120, AS AMENDED.  For  the  purposes  of  this
section, "convicted" means  having  a  judgment of
conviction  entered  by   a   court  of  competent
jurisdiction.
    (b)  Criminal  possession   of  a  firearm  or
electronic defense weapon is a class D felony, for
which two years of the sentence imposed may not be
suspended or reduced by the court.
    Sec.  13.  Section  53a-217c  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) A person  is guilty of criminal possession
of a pistol or revolver when he possesses a pistol
or revolver, as  defined in section 29-27, and (1)
has been convicted  of  a felony or of a violation
of  subsection (c)  of  section  21a-279,  section
53a-58, 53a-61, 53a-61a,  53a-62,  53a-63, 53a-96,
53a-175, 53a-176, 53a-178  or  53a-181d,  (2)  HAS
BEEN CONVICTED AS DELINQUENT FOR THE COMMISSION OF
A SERIOUS JUVENILE  OFFENSE, AS DEFINED IN SECTION
46b-120, AS AMENDED, [(2)] (3) has been discharged
from custody within  the  preceding  twenty  years
after having been  found  not guilty of a crime by
reason of mental  disease  or  defect  pursuant to
section 53a-13, [(3)]  (4)  has been confined in a
hospital  for  [mental   illness]   PERSONS   WITH
PSYCHIATRIC DISABILITIES, as  defined  in  section
17a-495, within the  preceding  twelve  months  by
order of a  probate court, [(4)] (5) knows that he
is subject to  a  restraining  or protective order
issued by a court, after notice and an opportunity
to be heard has been provided to such person, in a
case  involving  the   use,   attempted   use   or
threatened use of  physical  force against another
person, or [(5)]  (6)  is  an  alien  illegally or
unlawfully in the  United States. For the purposes
of  this  section,   "convicted"  means  having  a
judgment  of conviction  entered  by  a  court  of
competent jurisdiction.
    (b)  Criminal  possession   of   a  pistol  or
revolver is a class D felony.
    Sec. 14. Subsection  (b)  of section 29-36f of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) The Commissioner  of  Public  Safety shall
issue an eligibility  certificate  unless he finds
that the applicant: (1) Has failed to successfully
complete a course  approved by the Commissioner of
Public Safety in the safety and use of pistols and
revolvers including, but  not limited to, a safety
or training course  in  the  use  of  pistols  and
revolvers available to the public offered by a law
enforcement   agency,   a    private   or   public
educational  institution or  a  firearms  training
school,  utilizing instructors  certified  by  the
National Rifle Association  or  the  Department of
Environmental Protection and  a safety or training
course  in  the   use   of  pistols  or  revolvers
conducted by an  instructor certified by the state
or the National  Rifle  Association;  (2) has been
convicted  of  a  felony  or  of  a  violation  of
subsection (c) of section 21a-279, section 53a-58,
53a-61, 53a-61a, 53a-62,  53a-63, 53a-96, 53a-175,
53a-176,  53a-178  or   53a-181d;   (3)  HAS  BEEN
CONVICTED AS DELINQUENT  FOR  THE  COMMISSION OF A
SERIOUS JUVENILE OFFENSE,  AS  DEFINED  IN SECTION
46b-120, AS AMENDED; [(3)] (4) has been discharged
from custody within  the  preceding  twenty  years
after having been  found  not guilty of a crime by
reason of mental  disease  or  defect  pursuant to
section 53a-13; [(4)]  (5)  has been confined in a
hospital  for  [mental   illness]   PERSONS   WITH
PSYCHIATRIC DISABILITIES, as  defined  in  section
17a-495, within the  preceding  twelve  months  by
order of a  probate court; [(5)] (6) is subject to
a restraining or  protective  order  issued  by  a
court in a  case  involving the use, attempted use
or  threatened  use   of  physical  force  against
another person; or [(6)] (7) is an alien illegally
or unlawfully in the United States.
    Sec.  15.  Section  53a-217b  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) A person  is  guilty  of  possession  of a
weapon on school  grounds when, KNOWING THAT HE IS
NOT LICENSED OR  PRIVILEGED TO DO SO, he possesses
a firearm or  deadly weapon, as defined in section
53a-3, (1) in or on the real property comprising a
public or private  elementary  or secondary school
or (2) at  a  school-sponsored activity as defined
in subsection (h) of section 10-233a.
    (b) The provisions  of  subsection (a) of this
section shall not  apply  to  the otherwise lawful
possession of a firearm [(1) by a person holding a
valid state or local permit to carry such firearm,
(2)] (1) by a person for use in a program approved
by school officials in or on such school property,
[(3)]  (2) by  a  person  in  accordance  with  an
agreement entered into  between  school  officials
and such person  or  such person's employer, [(4)]
(3) by a  peace officer, as defined in subdivision
(9)  of  section   53a-3,  while  engaged  in  the
performance of his  official  duties, or [(5)] (4)
by a person  while traversing such school property
for the purpose  of  gaining  access  to public or
private lands open  to hunting or for other lawful
purposes, provided such  firearm is not loaded and
the entry on  such school property is permitted by
the  local  or   regional   board   of  education.
[Notwithstanding    the   provisions    of    this
subsection, a local or regional board of education
or the supervisory  agent  of a private elementary
or secondary school may prohibit the possession of
firearms by students  in  or  on the real property
comprising the public  or  private  elementary  or
secondary school or at a school-sponsored activity
as defined in subsection (h) of section 10-233a.]
    (c) Possession of  a  weapon on school grounds
is a class D felony.
    Sec. 16. (NEW) (a) Any owner, operator or user
of a firing  or  shooting  range  operating on the
effective date of  this  act  shall be exempt from
criminal  prosecution with  respect  to  noise  or
noise pollution violations  and  immune from civil
liability with respect to noise or noise pollution
resulting from shooting  activity  on  such  range
provided  the  range  was,  at  the  time  of  its
construction  or  operational   approval   by  the
municipality in which it is located, in compliance
with the provisions  of chapter 442 of the general
statutes and regulations adopted thereunder.
    (b) No standards  in a noise control ordinance
adopted by any municipality for limiting levels of
noise in terms of decibel level which may occur in
the outdoor atmosphere  shall  apply to any firing
or shooting range  exempted  from  liability under
this section if  such  standards  are inconsistent
with the provisions  of chapter 442 of the general
statutes or the regulations adopted thereunder.
    (c) This section  shall  not limit the ability
of a municipality  to  evaluate  and  regulate any
increase  in  noise  attributable  to  a  physical
expansion of an existing firing or shooting range.
    Sec.  17.  Section   17a-499  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    All proceedings of  the Court of Probate, upon
application made under  the provisions of sections
17a-75 to 17a-83,  inclusive,  17a-450 to 17a-484,
inclusive, 17a-495 to  17a-528, inclusive, 17a-540
to  17a-550,  inclusive,   17a-560   to   17a-576,
inclusive,  and  17a-615  to  17a-618,  inclusive,
shall be in  writing and filed in such court, and,
whenever a court passes an order for the admission
of  any  person   to   any   state   hospital  for
psychiatric disabilities, it shall record the same
and give a certified copy of such order and of the
reports of the  physicians  to  the person by whom
such person is to be taken to the hospital, as the
warrant for such  taking and commitment, and shall
also  forthwith  transmit   a  like  copy  to  the
Commissioner  of  Mental   Health   and  Addiction
Services, and, in  the  case  of  a  person in the
custody of the  Commissioner of Correction, to the
Commissioner of Correction. [All] WHENEVER A COURT
PASSES AN ORDER  FOR  THE COMMITMENT OF ANY PERSON
TO ANY HOSPITAL  FOR  PSYCHIATRIC DISABILITIES, IT
SHALL, WITHIN THREE  BUSINESS DAYS, PROVIDE A COPY
OF THE ORDER  OF COMMITMENT TO THE COMMISSIONER OF
MENTAL HEALTH AND  ADDICTION  SERVICES  WHO  SHALL
MAINTAIN  IDENTIFYING INFORMATION  INCLUDING,  BUT
NOT LIMITED TO,  NAME, ADDRESS, SEX, DATE OF BIRTH
AND DATE OF  COMMITMENT ON ALL COMMITMENTS ORDERED
ON  AND  AFTER   JUNE   1,  1998.  ALL  COMMITMENT
APPLICATIONS, orders of  commitment and commitment
papers issued by  any  court in committing persons
with psychiatric disabilities to public or private
hospitals for psychiatric disabilities shall be in
accordance with a  form prescribed by the Attorney
General, which form  shall  be  uniform throughout
the state. For  all  such [commitments] COMMITMENT
APPLICATIONS  AND  ORDERS,   the  Commissioner  of
Mental Health and  Addiction  Services shall cause
suitable blanks, in  accordance with said form, to
be printed and  furnished  at  the  expense of the
state. State hospitals  and  other  hospitals  for
persons with psychiatric  disabilities  shall,  so
far as they  are  able, upon reasonable request of
any  officer  of  a  court  having  the  power  of
commitment, send one or more trained attendants or
nurses  to  attend   any  hearing  concerning  the
commitment   of  any   person   with   psychiatric
disabilities and any such attendant or nurse, when
present, shall be  designated  by the court as the
authority to serve commitment process issued under
the  provisions  of  sections  17a-75  to  17a-83,
inclusive, 17a-450 to  17a-484, inclusive, 17a-495
to  17a-528,  inclusive,   17a-540   to   17a-550,
inclusive,  17a-560  to  17a-576,  inclusive,  and
17a-615 to 17a-618, inclusive.
    Sec.  18.  Section   17a-500  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Each court  of probate shall keep a record
of the cases  relating to persons with psychiatric
disabilities  coming  before   it  under  sections
17a-75 to 17a-83,  inclusive,  17a-450 to 17a-484,
inclusive, 17a-495 to  17a-528, inclusive, 17a-540
to  17a-550,  inclusive,   17a-560   to   17a-576,
inclusive, and 17a-615  to 17a-618, inclusive, and
the disposition of  them.  It  shall  also keep on
file the original  application  and certificate of
physicians  required  by   said   sections,  or  a
microfilm duplicate of  such records in accordance
with  regulations  issued  by  the  Probate  Court
Administrator.  All  records   maintained  in  the
courts of probate  under  the  provisions  of said
sections shall be sealed and available only to the
respondent or his  or her counsel unless the Court
of Probate, after  hearing held with notice to the
respondent,  determines  such  records  should  be
disclosed for cause shown.
    (b)   NOTWITHSTANDING   THE    PROVISIONS   OF
SUBSECTION (a) OF  THIS  SECTION, THE COMMISSIONER
OF  MENTAL  HEALTH   AND  ADDICTION  SERVICES,  IN
ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION  17a-499,  AS  AMENDED  BY
THIS ACT, SHALL MAINTAIN INFORMATION ON COMMITMENT
ORDERS BY A  PROBATE  COURT AND SHALL PROVIDE SUCH
INFORMATION TO THE  COMMISSIONER  OF PUBLIC SAFETY
IN FULFILLMENT OF  HIS  OBLIGATIONS UNDER SECTIONS
29-28 TO 29-38a,  INCLUSIVE,  AS  AMENDED  BY THIS
ACT, AND SECTION  53-202d, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT,
IN  SUCH  A   MANNER   AS  TO  REPORT  IDENTIFYING
INFORMATION ON THE  COMMITMENT  STATUS  INCLUDING,
BUT NOT LIMITED  TO,  NAME,  ADDRESS, SEX, DATE OF
BIRTH AND DATE  OF  COMMITMENT,  FOR  A PERSON WHO
APPLIES FOR OR HOLDS A PERMIT OR CERTIFICATE UNDER
SAID  SECTIONS 29-28  TO  29-38a,  INCLUSIVE,  AND
SECTION 53-202d. THE COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC SAFETY
SHALL   MAINTAIN   AS    CONFIDENTIAL   ANY   SUCH
INFORMATION PROVIDED TO  HIM  AND  SHALL  USE SUCH
INFORMATION ONLY FOR  PURPOSES  OF  FULFILLING HIS
OBLIGATIONS  UNDER  SECTIONS   29-28   TO  29-38a,
INCLUSIVE, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  AND SECTION
53-202d,  AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  EXCEPT  THAT
NOTHING  IN  THIS   SECTION  SHALL  PROHIBIT  SAID
COMMISSIONER FROM ENTERING  SUCH  INFORMATION INTO
EVIDENCE AT A  HEARING  HELD  IN  ACCORDANCE  WITH
SECTION 29-32b.
    (c) (1) THE  COMMISSIONER OF MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTION   SERVICES   SHALL   OBTAIN   FROM   THE
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC  SAFETY  THE  STATUS OF ANY
FIREARM APPLICATION, PERMIT  OR  CERTIFICATE UNDER
SECTIONS 29-28 TO 29-38a, INCLUSIVE, AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT, AND  SECTION 53-202d, AS AMENDED BY THIS
ACT, OF EACH PERSON WHO IS THE SUBJECT OF AN ORDER
OF  COMMITMENT PURSUANT  TO  SECTION  17a-499,  AS
AMENDED BY THIS  ACT,  IN  SUCH  A MANNER SO AS TO
ONLY RECEIVE A  REPORT ON THE FIREARM APPLICATION,
PERMIT OR CERTIFICATE  STATUS  OF  THE PERSON WITH
RESPECT TO WHOM THE INQUIRY IS MADE.
    (2)  THE COMMISSIONER  OF  MENTAL  HEALTH  AND
ADDICTION   SERVICES   SHALL    REPORT    TO   THE
COMMISSIONER  OF  PUBLIC   SAFETY  ANY  COMMITMENT
STATUS AND IDENTIFYING  INFORMATION FOR ANY PERSON
WHO IS AN APPLICANT FOR OR HOLDER OF ANY PERMIT OR
CERTIFICATE UNDER SAID  SECTIONS  29-28 TO 29-38a,
INCLUSIVE, AND SECTION 53-202d.
    (3)  THE COMMISSIONER  OF  MENTAL  HEALTH  AND
ADDICTION SERVICES SHALL  ADVISE  THE HOSPITAL FOR
PSYCHIATRIC DISABILITIES TO  WHICH  A  PERSON  HAS
BEEN  COMMITTED  OF   THE   STATUS  OF  A  FIREARM
APPLICATION, PERMIT OR  CERTIFICATE OF SUCH PERSON
UNDER  SECTIONS 29-28  TO  29-38a,  INCLUSIVE,  AS
AMENDED  BY THIS  ACT,  AND  SECTION  53-202d,  AS
AMENDED  BY  THIS   ACT,   AS   REPORTED   BY  THE
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC SAFETY FOR CONSIDERATION BY
SUCH  HOSPITAL  IN   ANY   PSYCHIATRIC   TREATMENT
PROCEDURES.
    (4)  THE COMMISSIONER  OF  MENTAL  HEALTH  AND
ADDICTION SERVICES AND  A HOSPITAL FOR PSYCHIATRIC
DISABILITIES SHALL MAINTAIN  AS  CONFIDENTIAL  ANY
INFORMATION PROVIDED TO  SAID COMMISSIONER OR SUCH
HOSPITAL  CONCERNING  THE   STATUS  OF  A  FIREARM
APPLICATION, PERMIT OR  CERTIFICATE UNDER SECTIONS
29-28 TO 29-38a,  INCLUSIVE,  AS  AMENDED  BY THIS
ACT, AND SECTION  53-202d, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT,
OF ANY PERSON.
    Sec. 19. (NEW)  (a) The Commissioner of Public
Safety,  in  fulfilling   his   obligations  under
sections  29-28  to   29-38a,  inclusive,  of  the
general statutes, as  amended  by  this  act,  and
section  53-202d  of   the  general  statutes,  as
amended by this  act, shall verify that any person
who, on or  after  October 1, 1998, applies for or
seeks renewal of  a  permit  to  sell  at retail a
pistol or revolver,  a permit to carry a pistol or
revolver, an eligibility  certificate for a pistol
or revolver or  a certificate of possession for an
assault weapon has not been confined in a hospital
for  persons  with  psychiatric  disabilities,  as
defined  in  section   17a-495   of   the  general
statutes, within the  preceding  twelve  months by
order of a  probate court, by making an inquiry to
the  Department of  Mental  Health  and  Addiction
Services in such  a manner so as to only receive a
report on the commitment status of the person with
respect to whom  the  inquiry  is  made  including
identifying  information in  accordance  with  the
provisions of subsection (b) of section 17a-500 of
the general statutes, as amended by this act.
    (b)  If  the  Commissioner  of  Public  Safety
determines  pursuant to  subsection  (a)  of  this
section that a  person  has  been  confined  in  a
hospital    for    persons     with    psychiatric
disabilities, as defined in section 17a-495 of the
general  statutes,  within  the  preceding  twelve
months  by  order   of   a   probate  court,  said
commissioner  shall  report  the  status  of  such
person's application for or renewal of a permit to
sell at retail  a  pistol or revolver, a permit to
carry  a  pistol   or   revolver,  an  eligibility
certificate  for  a   pistol   or  revolver  or  a
certificate of possession for an assault weapon to
the Commissioner of  Mental  Health  and Addiction
Services  for  the   purpose   of  fulfilling  his
responsibilities under subsection  (c)  of section
17a-500 of the  general  statutes,  as  amended by
this act.
    Sec. 20. (NEW)  (a)  No  person  shall carry a
pistol, revolver, machine  gun,  shotgun, rifle or
other firearm, which  is  loaded  and from which a
shot may be  discharged, upon his person (1) while
under the influence  of intoxicating liquor or any
drug or both  or (2) while the ratio of alcohol in
the blood of  such person is ten-hundredths of one
per cent or more of alcohol, by weight.
    (b) Any person  who  violates any provision of
this  section  shall   be  guilty  of  a  class  B
misdemeanor.
    Sec.  21.  Section   53-206a  of  the  general
statutes is repealed.

Approved May 27, 1998