Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-506

Title:

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

Vote Date:

3/19/2013

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/14/2013

File No.:

383

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Safety and Security Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill subjects private or second-hand sales and transfers of long guns to the same degree of regulation as sales and transfers by gun dealers (federally licensed firearm dealers). The bill also requires anyone buying a long gun from any seller to complete a receipt for the firearm and dealers to document sales and transfers with state and local police and keep the documentation for five years. It eliminates exemptions in current law to these requirements for certain transactions with dealers. The bill exempts, from all of the transfer procedures and provisions, transactions between family members and between federal firearm licensees. It also makes technical changes.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Glenn A. Cassis, Executive Director, African-American Affairs Commission supports the bill as it would help keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Angela K. Frisbie, Southbury, CT testified in support of the bill because it closes the most graphic regulatory loop hole.

Art Daigle supports the bill. He stated that it is important for the information regarding gun owners to be protected and that the registry system not be overly burdensome.

Barbara Packer, Woodbury, CT testified in support of the bill, noting that the bill closes the most gaping loophole in firearm regulation, without which any legislative scheme would be ineffective.

Charles Jones, Southbury, CT supports the bill. He believes it will help close the loop holes and it will help to prohibit those most dangerous people from owning a gun.

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities testified in support of the bill.

Daniel J. Wade, East Lyme, CT testified in support of the bill.

David W. Kutner, Manchester, CT supports the bill.

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Frank W. Davis and Jayne C. Davis, Woodbury, CT enthusiastically support the bill. They stated that it would close loop holes and provide much needed legislation.

George Liebowitz, Lakeside, CT testified in support of the bill, noting that the bill closes the most gaping loophole in firearms regulation and without it any legislative scheme would be ineffective.

Jan Pierett, Darien, CT testified in support of the bill.

Jo Loi, Lakeville, CT testified in support of the bill, but is concerned that there is no explicit mention of doing background checks of internet sales of firearms.

Kevin Berrill, Southbury, CT testified in support of the bill because it closes the most graphic regulatory loop hole.

Senator L. Scott Frantz, 36thDistrict testified in support of this bill as a common sense approach to help close loopholes in the process of purchasing firearms.

Tom Violante, New Haven, CT supports the bill as it would not have any costs associated with it. He also recommends that the existing laws be enforced.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Anna Kopperud and John Hohenwarter, National Rifle Association of America opposes the bill.

Bob Blake, Canton, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that it would not improve the safety or security of Connecticut citizens.

Brian Corbino, Southington, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Brian N. Harte testified in opposition to the bill.

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

Claire Wong-Ostapowicz, Wallingford, CT opposes the bill.

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

David Godbout, East Lyme, CT testified in opposition to the bill, noting that the bill will not deter felons from obtaining firearms.

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

David Syme, Manchester, CT opposes the bill.

Dom Basile, Oakville, CT testified in opposition to the bill as it does not address the shortcomings in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. He also noted that fiscal cuts to the NICS staff have reduced their effectiveness and have led to de facto firearm regulations for law-abiding citizens.

E. Barbour, Meriden, CT testified in opposition to the bill as he supports “stiffer penalties and recommends eliminating early release.”

E. Jonathan Hardy, New Britain, CT testified in opposition to the bill. He stated that it doesn't address the problem at hand and makes obtaining a firearm less affordable.

Ed Menegazzo, Bridgeport, CT testified in opposition to the bill, noting that the bill will only lead to firearm registration and would not deter/reduce crime or violence.

Barry Miller, Farmington, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Edward Seder, Danbury, CT testified in opposition to the bill, noting that there is not enough information contained in the bill for the average person to be able to comply and that the twenty-year retention period for a firearm transfer form is impractical and should instead be maintained by the State. He also stated that the bill does not contain provisions for a private individual selling a firearm to a licensed gun dealer.

Ed Southard, Meriden, CT opposes the bill. It amounts to a poll tax.

Brian Saucier, Windham, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Harwood W. Loomis, Woodbridge, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that bill would not reduce crime or violence and instead, unnecessarily burden the citizens of Connecticut.

Henry D. Altman, Killingworth, CT opposes the bill as it “creates significant barriers and impediments to lawful firearms users.”

Ilya Korman, Milford, CT testified in opposition to the bill because it eases the tracking and cataloging of legal gun owners.

Karl Dave Trumbull opposes the bill as it is restrictive.

Jake McGuigan, Director, National Shooting Sports Foundation testified in opposition to the bill. He stated that it is a government mandate and will have a significant impact on retailers. He furthered that there will be an increased cost to do business, increase in liability risks, and a logistical nightmare.

James Miller, Farmington, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that the bill would make the citizens of Connecticut less safe.

Jason Tetlow, Portland, CT opposes the bill.

Jeff Johnson, Bethany, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that the bill should also exempt all firearms classified by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms as curios and relics when transferred to a collector with a FFL 3 license from background checks.

Jesse Yeager, Canterbury, CT opposes the bill.

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

John Chunis, Rocky Hill, CT opposes the bill as the documentation retention requirements are unrealistic.

Joe Cyr, Coventry, CT opposes the bill.

John Fernandez, West Haven, CT testified in opposition to the bill, noting that the bill will have no effect on crime or firearm transfers purchased through the black market.

Jonathan Mazza, Farmington, CT opposes the bill. He calls for instituting follow-ups on those denied purchasing a weapon.

Joseph J. Tampellini, Naugatuck, CT testified in opposition to the bill, noting that it amounts to universal firearm registration and serves to harass and intimidate law-abiding firearms owners. He also noted that the bill will do nothing to reduce crime.

Judy Aron, West Hartford, CT opposes the bill as it adds excessive paperwork with no benefit.

Linda W., Meriden, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that this law would have done nothing to stop a tragedy like Sandy Hook and that it imposes an additional cost on buying firearms.

Karen Zalewski, Meriden, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that it is superfluous and is concerned that private citizens retain personal transfer papers subject to inspection by law enforcement officials.

Karl Dale, Trumbull, CT opposes the bill as it is restrictive.

Ken Pfaffenbach, East Hampton, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that it will have no positive effect on reducing gun violence or preventing another tragedy like Sandy Hook.

Leonard Benedetto, Vice President, Connecticut Citizens Defense League, Inc. testified in opposition to the bill, noting that it will be difficult to comply with the requirement of providing a manufacturer's number for those weapons that were made prior to the Gun Control Act of 1968.

Luis Hernandez, Hartford, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that criminals will not follow background check requirements.

Mark Daigle opposes the bill. It is “ambiguous with unintended consequences.” It also does not address how to handle someone visiting the state.

Matthew Shanahan Cahill, Manchester, CT testified in opposition to the bill as it puts an unnecessary burden on the NICS system, doesn't increase public safety, and infringes upon an individual's right to conduct private transactions.

Matthew J. Tauris, South Windsor, CT opposes the bill.

Meagan Acampora, Woodbridge, CT opposes the bill as it is expensive and burdensome.

Michael Costanza, Lisbon, CT opposes the bill.

Michael Gold, Windsor, CT opposes this bill.

Michael Marek, Windsor Locks, CT opposes the bill. He also recommended changing the language to include nieces and nephews to the list of family members that are exempt.

Michael MacCracken, Plainville, CT opposes the bill.

Mike Santangelo, Prospect, CT opposes the bill as it assumes that retailers are not responsible enough to know who they sell to.

Pablo Soto, Meriden, CT is opposed to the bill.

Patrick Kearney, Manchester, CT opposes the bill.

Paul Acampora, Woodbridge, CT opposes the bill as it is expensive and burdensome.

Paul Vlodek, Shelton, CT opposes the bill.

Ralph DeStefano, Thomaston, CT opposes the bill.

Rickey Humpage, Old Lyme, CT opposes the bill.

Richard Burgess, President, Connecticut Carry opposes the bill.

Richard Clavet, Cheshire, CT opposes the bill.

Robin Emond, Cheshire, CT opposes the bill.

Robert Olson, Middletown, CT opposes the bill.

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

Richard Neal, Putnam, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

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

Scott Berg opposes the bill.

Scott Kasper, Killingworth, CT is opposed to the bill as “it will not disarm criminals.”

Scott W. Martin, Middletown, CT opposes the bill based on the language. He disagrees with using “transferor and purchaser. He also would like to see bi-partisan task force bill language.”

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

Steve Wawruck, Newington, CT opposes the bill. He stated that the focus should be on “straw purchasers, and the need to enforce existing laws on the books.”

Reported by: Laurel A. Coleman

Date: April 2, 2013