Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-196

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECORDING OF PISTOL AND REVOLVER SALES IN A BOUND BOOK.

Vote Date:

3/1/2012

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/28/2012

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Safety and Security Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To reduce redundant efforts of recordkeeping by requiring dealers to keep one record of sales in accordance with Federal regulations.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None stated.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Chief Anthony Salvatore and Chief Matthew Reed, Connecticut Police Chiefs Association testified in support of this bill. They stated that it streamlines the recordkeeping requirement for pistol and revolver sales by aligning it with federal requirements. They further recommend that such records be made available to local law enforcement since local police chiefs are the issuing authority for the sale of pistols and revolvers.

Jake McGuigan, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. testified in support of this bill. This bill will eliminate duplicative efforts by firearms retailers, who are currently required by federal law to keep a bound book for all firearms transactions. He cited the financial burden that is created by this redundant requirement.

Robert T. Crook, Director, Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen testified in support of this bill, noting that it eliminates a redundant recordkeeping exercise, since this same “bound book” is required of all Federal firearms licensees. In addition, the bill requires that the bound books be made available for inspection by the State Police. He furthers that in recent years, both gun owners and the State Police have advocated for repeal of this redundant requirement, and that such a proposal passed in the House in the 2011 legislative session by a substantial majority.

Richard Burgess, President, Connecticut Carry, Inc. testified in support of this bill. He noted the redundancy of requiring both state and federal “bound books,” and the positive economic impact of eliminating this superfluous requirement.

Judy Aron, West Hartford, CT testified in support of this bill, noting that it will reduce duplicative record keeping.

Kevin Holian-Borgnis, Secretary, Connecticut Citizens Defense League testified in support of this bill. He stated that requiring the keeping of a separate set of records puts an undue burden on law abiding businesses.

Scott Wilson, President, Connecticut Citizens Defense League testified in support of this bill since it would eliminate redundant paperwork, which may then interfere with sales.

E. Jonathan Hardy, New Britain, CT testified in support of this bill since it would reduce redundant paperwork in addition to saving time.

Virginia Benedetto, Technology Coordinator, Connecticut Citizens Defense League, Inc. testified in support of this bill.

Amy Stegall, Stafford, CT testified in support of this bill.

John Sturmer, Stratford, CT testified in support of this bill.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None stated.

Reported by: Mike Demicco

Date: March 2, 2012