OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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SB-506

AN ACT REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL PRIVATE FIREARM SALES.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 14 $

FY 15 $

Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

GF - Cost

185,000

185,000

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

65,626

62,626

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill, which requires approval by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) prior to the transfer of any firearm other than a pistol or revolver to non-family members, is anticipated to result in a Personal Services cost to DESPP of approximately $175,000, plus fringe benefit costs of $65,626, in both FY 14 and FY 15. DESPP would require four additional staff members in its Special Licensing and Firearms Unit to support the increase in requests for transfer authorization numbers.

Additionally, DESPP is likely to incur Other Expenses costs of $10,000 in both FY 14 and FY 15 arising from the technology resources needed to support the requirements for increased firearm transfer approvals.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

1 The fringe benefit costs for most state employees are budgeted centrally in accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated active employee fringe benefit cost associated with most personnel changes is 34.54% of payroll in FY 14 and FY 15.