Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-6598

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISPOSAL OF WEAPONS SEIZED FROM A PERSON WHO POSES A RISK OF IMMINENT PERSONAL INJURY TO SELF OR OTHERS.

Vote Date:

3/21/2013

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/14/2013

File No.:

376

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Safety and Security Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To allow state agencies to dispose of confiscated firearms after the expiration of a 60 day term as imposed by courts seized from persons who pose imminent to themselves or others.

SUBSTITUTE LANGUAGE:

Substitute language removed a section that would allow off-duty officers to carry a firearm on school grounds.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None stated.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Harwood W. Loomis, Woodbridge, CT testified in support of the bill, noting that a provision calling for the return of an individual's seized property is an improvement to existing statute.

Ron Pinciaro, Executive Director, CT Against Gun Violence testified in support of the bill.

David W. Kutner testified in support of the bill in its raised form and recommended adding retired police officers to the list of 'peace officers” allowed to carry firearms on school grounds.

Jill Blodgett, Lebanon, CT testified in support of the bill in its raised form, noting that she would like to see the bill changed to allow pistol permittees to carry firearms on school grounds.

Alton Blodgett, Lebanon, CT testified in support of the bill in its raised form, noting that he would like to see the bill changed to allow pistol permittees to carry firearms on school grounds.

Burton T. Handfield, Storrs, CT testified in support of the bill in its raised form, noting he would like the see the bill changed to allow pistol permittees to carry firearms on school grounds.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Bob Blake, Canton, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Chris Kalkreuth, Middlefield, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that a citizen's firearm(s) should be automatically returned to them if they satisfy the requirements of the bill.

Daniel Wade, East Lyme, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Richard Clavet, Cheshire, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

David Syme, Manchester, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

E. Jonathan Hardy, New Britain, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that the bill is not necessary and that the sections pertaining to the destruction of firearms allow law enforcement to bypass judicial and legislative constraints.

Ed Southard, Meriden, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Cristy Jones, Orange, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Ilya Korman, Milford, CT testified in opposition to the bill, noting that the bill allows for the confiscation of firearms for unrelated alcohol consumption.

Jesse Yeager, Canterbury, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Joel Klusek, Colchester, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Judy Aron, West Hartford, CT testified in opposition to the bill, noting that the bill calls for firearm confiscation and does not contain a compensation mechanism.

Ken Pfaffenbach, East Hartford, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that the bill will have no positive impact on reducing gun violence.

Matthew Shanahan Cahill, Manchester, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that it should be incumbent on the State to return confiscated firearms in the situation where the State cannot carry its burden in showing that the underlying seizure was lawful. Additionally, he noted that the State should be liable if it disposes of an individuals' firearms without making every means to return it.

Tim Flanagan, Prospect, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Meagan Acampora, Woodbridge, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that it infringes upon the 4th Amendment rights against search and seizure.

Pablo Soto, Meriden, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Paul Vlodek, Shelton, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Richard Burgess, President, Connecticut Carry, Inc. testified in opposition to the bill.

Robin Emond testified in opposition to the bill.

Ronald Robeson, Gales Ferry, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Scott Kasper, Killingworth, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Anna Kopperud and John Hohenwarter, National Rifle Association testified in opposition to the bill.

Benjamin W. Sargent, Bloomfield, CT testified in opposition to the bill. He opposes restricting firearms on school campuses because he believes having an armed person on campus will deter crime.

Brian N. Harte testified in opposition to the bill, stating that he did not believe that the bill would survive a constitutional challenge.

Chip Cifone, Burlington, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

David Godbout testified in opposition to the bill.

David Perry, Glastonbury, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Ed Menegazzo, Bridgeport, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that the bill violates the 2nd Amendment in addition to violating the 4th amendment as an unconstitutional confiscation.

Jason Tetlow, Portland, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

John F. Beidler, Southington, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Karen Zalewski, Meriden, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that it appears to be punishing the firearm and not the potentially dangerous individual.

Kurt Asplund, East Lyme, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that it infringes upon the rights protected by the 4th Amendment.

Matthew J. Tauris, South Windsor, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Michael MacCracken, Plainville, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Mike Agnifilo, Woodbury, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Paul Acampora, Woodbury, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that it infringes upon the rights protected by the 4th Amendment.

Ralph J. Destefano, Thomaston, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Rickey P. Humpage, Old Lyme, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Scott E. Berg testified in opposition to the bill.

Scott Wilson, President, Connecticut Citizens Defense League testified in opposition to the bill.

Tom Violante, New Haven, CT testified in opposition to the bill, expressing that the bill should be changed to require a hearing before a court of competent jurisdiction before a warrant to confiscate firearms is issued.

Henry D. Altman, Killingworth, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that the bill is unnecessary and only impedes the ability of law-abiding citizens.

Gregg Marchand, North Windham, CT testified in opposition to the bill in its raised form, as it would make a distinction between allowing police to carry firearms on school grounds and the general public. He also stated that any legislation regarding public safety should include random drug testing for all law enforcement officials that carry the power of arrest.

Michael Marek, Windsor Locks, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that the allowance of agencies to dispose of firearms “any manner it deems appropriate” is vague and gives too much discretion to the individual agency. He also stated that he did not understand why the bill would allow off-duty officers the right to carry on school grounds but not permit holders.

James J. Crook, Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen testified in opposition to the bill in its raised form, stating that it was too vague by including all school activities on and off school grounds.

Art Daigle testified in opposition to the bill in its raised form, noting that it does not allow a law-abiding pistol permittee to carry firearms on school grounds.

Reported by: Connor McNamara

Date: 4/12/2013