OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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SB-897

AN ACT CONCERNING REGULATION OF FIREARMS.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 14 $

FY 15 $

Judicial Dept.

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Less than 10,000

Less than 10,000

Emergency Services and Public Protection, Dept.

GF - Savings

Minimal

Minimal

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

Section 1 of the bill results in a potential revenue gain of less than $10,000 in FY 14 and FY 15 to the Judicial Department by increasing the number of potential violators of carrying a loaded firearm while intoxicated or hunting while intoxicated. Under current statute, there were 73 violators of this offense in FY 12, with a total penalty collected of $1,000. While it is unclear how many additional offenders may result from this bill, it is anticipated to be relatively few.

Sections 2 and 3 of the bill make technical changes to receipts recording firearms transactions and the process of distributing such receipts. These provisions have no fiscal impact.

Section 4 of the bill makes technical changes and eliminates the temporary handgun eligibility certificate. Elimination of the temporary eligibility certificate will result in minimal savings to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. There are approximately 57 handgun eligibility certificates statewide, so the issuance of temporary certificates while an application is pending is a rare occurrence.

Section 5 of the bill revises the notifications required for gun shows. These provisions have no fiscal impact.

The Out Years

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