Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-897

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING REGULATION OF FIREARMS.

Vote Date:

3/19/2013

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/14/2013

File No.:

341

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Safety & Security Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill makes changes to public safety statutes in several capacities. The bill changes the blood alcohol content level for a person hunting or carrying a loaded firearm from .10 to .08; it would require promoters to notify DESPP of when they plan to hold a gun show; those purchasing a pistol or revolver will now have to include birthplace and the date of purchase on the receipt; it removes the 90-day window in which DESPP processes eligibility certificate applications and the temporary eligibility certificate; it clarifies and unifies firearms statutes by replacing the first selectman with a chief executive officer for towns that don't have a first selectman.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Commissioner Reuben F Bradford, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) testified in support of this bill. He stated that statutes that prohibit someone from carrying a firearm while under the influence should be in line with other statutory prohibitions such as driving while intoxicated. This bill will help to provide consistency within the statutes with regard to legal intoxication limits. The date and place of birth requirement that is included in this bill is in compliance with the Federal procedural regulations that have been redefined for the National Instant Background System, who now require the birthplace of the applicant to be included with every firearm transaction. He further stated that all fees required by the FBI and State of Connecticut for fingerprint processing are mandatory and that issuance is only granted after the results have been returned, eliminating the archaic “temporary eligibility certificate.” Additionally, gun show promoters are required to notify the Commissioner of DESPP in addition to the specific municipal official of the town in which the gun show is to take place at least thirty days prior to the event; this will ensure that all employees working the event are properly certified and trained to deal in the sale of firearms.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Tom Violante, New Haven, CT supports the bill.

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities testified in support of the bill.

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

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

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

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

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

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

Brian N. Harte testified in opposition to the bill.

Michael MacCracken, Plainville, CT opposes the bill.

Matthew Shanahan Cahill, Manchester, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

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

Mike Leone, Southington, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

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.

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

James J. Crook, Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen testified in opposition to the bill.

Gregg Marchand, Willimantic, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

David Syme, Manchester, CT opposes the bill.

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.

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

Robert T. Crook, Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen testified in opposition to the bill.

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

Paul Vlodek, Shelton, CT opposes the bill.

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

Jason Tetlow, Portland, CT opposes the bill.

Robin Emond, Cheshire, CT opposes the bill.

Jesse Yeager, Canterbury, CT opposes the bill.

Richard Burgess, President, Connecticut Carry opposes the bill.

Mike Santangelo, Prospect, CT opposes the bill.

Dominick Agron testified in opposition to the bill.

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

Mike Agnifilo, Woodbury, CT opposes the bill.

Ethan Rodriguez-Torrent, Southbury, CT testified in opposition to the bill and suggested changes to the language.

Ilya Korman, Milford, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

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

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

Harwood W. Loomis, Woodbridge, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

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

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

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

Rickey Humpage, Old Lyme, CT opposes the bill.

Michael Costanza, Lisbon, CT opposes the bill.

Paul Acampora, Woodbridge, CT opposes the bill as it is too strict.

Richard Clavet, Cheshire, CT opposes the bill.

Ralph DeStefano, Thomaston, CT opposes the bill.

E. Jonathan Hardy, New Britain, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

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

John Fernandez, West Haven, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

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

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

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

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

Scott Berg opposes the bill.

Jonathan Mazza, Farmington, CT opposes the bill.

Reported by: Laurel A. Coleman

Date: April 2, 2013