Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-710

Title:

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

Vote Date:

3/19/2013

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/14/2013

File No.:

386

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Safety and Security Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To create a permit to sell long guns and a permit to hold a gun show.

SUBSTITUTE LANGUAGE

Substitute language created a new permit to sell long guns and also adopted the requirements for obtaining the permit to sell handguns for the criteria. It also established a $200 fee for a new permit to hold a gun show.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None stated.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

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

Tom Violante, New Haven, CT testified in support of the bill.

CCM – Connecticut Conference of Municipalities testified in support of the bill.

David W. Kutner testified in support of the bill.

Jo Loi, Salisbury Committee for the Prevention of Gun Violence testified in support of the bill, noting that it was very comprehensive.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Alton Blodgett, Lebanon, CT testified against the bill as he feels the decision to issue a permit for a gun show is arbitrary and that they should not be treated any differently than any other permit.

Brian N. Harte, U.S.M.C. testified in opposition to the bill.

Burton T. Handfield, Storrs, CT testified against the bill as he feels the decision to issue a permit for a gun show is arbitrary and that they should not be treated any differently than any other permit.

Cheryl Lemos, Executive Director, Connecticut Citizens Defense League testified against the bill specifically noting that the bill is superfluous to already-existing gun show regulations.

Chris Kalkreuth, Middlefield, CT testified against the bill, noting that requiring a permit for gun shows will not lead to fewer homicides.

Daniel J. Cewe, Jr., Glastonbury, CT testified against the bill, noting that it will make it more difficult for those wanted to do business in our state.

David Godbout, testified against the bill, noting that the bill is too vague in its wording and appears designed to eliminate gun shows in their entirety or to otherwise limit gun sales.

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

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

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

Ilya Korman, Milford, CT testified against the bill, noting that it hinders commerce and adds a layer of bureaucracy which raises costs for local government.

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

Jill Blodgett, Lebanon, CT testified against the bill as he feels the decision to issue a permit for a gun show is arbitrary and firearm permits should not be treated any differently than any other permit.

Joe Cyr, Coventry, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

John Fernandez, West Haven, CT testified against the bill, stating that it was unconstitutional.

Judy Aron, West Hartford, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that is arbitrary and superfluous when considered alongside local authorities already requiring permits for gun shows.

Meagan Acampora, Woodbridge, CT testified in opposition to bill, stating that the requirement for those seeking a permit for a gun show apply no later than sixty days prior to the proposed event is burdensome and that the bill leaves too much discretion to the local police chief.

Patrick Kearney, Manchester, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

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

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

Robert T. Crook, Director, Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen testified in opposition to the bill, stating that S.B. 897 is adequate.

Scott E. Berg testified in opposition to the bill.

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

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

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

Chris Lemos, Connecticut Citizens Defense League, Inc. testified in opposition to the bill, stating that it is superfluous in light of already-existing local zoning and insurance regulations as well as noting that the bill's definition of “suitability” is subjective and vague.

Daniel Wade, East Lyme, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that the granting of permits for gun shows is too subjective and burdensome and will lead to citizens simply buying their guns in other states.

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

Ed Menegazzo, Bridgeport, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that the bill is a violation of the Constitution, interferes with free commerce and will not affect the criminal element but instead burden law abiding citizens.

Harwood W. Loomis, Woodbridge, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that there are very few gun shows in Connecticut and, when they do occur, they are typically very small shows. He states that he does not see how this bill will prevent another tragedy like Sandy Hook.

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

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

Joseph J. Tampellini, Naugatuck, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that it gives too much oversight to local police who can, in turn, quash gun shows from occurring within their municipality. He also stated that there should be one statewide standard for gun show permit issuance along with a local notification.

Linda W. testified in opposition to the bill.

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

Paul Acampora, Woodbridge, CT testified in opposition to the bill, stating that its aim is to make it more difficult to hold gun shows and vests too much discretion with the local police chief.

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

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

Robin Emond, Cheshire, CT 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.

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

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

Reported by: Connor McNamara

Date: April 2, 2013