OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sSB-710

AN ACT CONCERNING PERMITS FOR GUN SHOWS AND TO SELL LONG GUNS.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 14 $

FY 15 $

Correction, Dept.; Judicial Dpt (Probation)

GF - Potential Cost

See Below

See Below

Judicial Dept.

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Less than $10,000

Less than $10,000

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 14 $

FY 15 $

Various Municipalities

Revenue Gain

Minimal

Minimal

Explanation

The bill 1) requires gun show promoters to apply to a municipality for a license prior to the gun show, 2) requires firearms dealers to apply to a municipality for a license to sell long guns and to renew that license every five years, and 3) establishes a penalty for violating the bill's provisions concerning long gun sales.

There is a revenue gain, expected to be minimal, to municipalities associated with the $200 license fee and license renewal fee for retail long gun dealers. It is estimated that there are at least 400 federally licensed1 retail firearm dealers in the state. If each of these dealers applied for an initial permit on time, there would be an $80,000 cumulative revenue gain to municipalities in FY 14.

There is an additional minimal revenue gain to municipalities associated with a $200 fee for a gun show permit. There are, on average, three gun shows each year in the state.

The bill creates a new offense regarding retail sales of long guns. The number of offenders under this provision is unknown but is anticipated to be less than 20. To the extent that offenders are prosecuted under this bill, potential costs for incarceration or probation supervision in the community would result. On average, it costs $50,690 to incarcerate an offender and $4,968 (including fringe benefits) to supervise an offender on probation in the community. The bill also results in a potential revenue gain of less than $10,000 to the Judicial Department for fines associated with this provision.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the number of licenses issued.

Sources:

Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

 

United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

1 Based on January, 2013 federal firearm license data from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives