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General Assembly

 

Proposed Bill No. 6249

 

January Session, 2013

 

LCO No. 2363

   

Referred to Committee on PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

 

Introduced by:

 

REP. CARTER, 2nd Dist.

 

AN ACT CONCERNING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PURCHASE AND STORAGE OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That the general statutes be amended to (1) require a person to have a long gun eligibility certificate in order to purchase a rifle, shotgun or other long gun, with the requirements for such certificate being similar to that for an eligibility certificate for a pistol or revolver, (2) require that, during the twelve months prior to the renewal of an eligibility certificate or a permit to carry a pistol or revolver, the certificate or permit holder go to a shooting or target range having certified instructors and repeat shooting requirements that were required during initial firearms certification training and acknowledge that he or she has reviewed applicable state and federal firearm laws, and that such certificate or permit holder document such compliance as part of the renewal application process, (3) require applicants for an eligibility certificate or permit to carry a pistol or revolver to acknowledge that by applying for such certificate or permit they may be denied due to being identified as at risk in a firearms database, (4) increase the fee for renewal of eligibility certificates and permits to carry a pistol or revolver to seventy-five dollars and credit five dollars of such fee to a program to promote the safe storage of firearms established by the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, (5) require purchasers of ammunition to hold and present a valid eligibility certificate or permit to carry a pistol or revolver as a condition of purchase, (6) require persons owning firearms to store unloaded firearms with a trigger locking device installed, with ammunition being stored separately, or store loaded firearms in a gun safe that, at a minimum, is made with ten gauge steel and has an Underwriters Laboratories "Residential Security Container" rating, provided nothing herein shall prevent the owner of such firearm keeping such firearm on his or her person, (7) require any firearm in a home with a family member identified as at risk in a firearms database that is not in use be stored in a gun safe that, at a minimum, is made with ten gauge steel and has an Underwriters Laboratories "Residential Security Container" rating, provided nothing herein shall prevent the owner of such firearm keeping such firearm on his or her person, and (8) provide that any person who uses a firearm in the commission of a crime or illegally possesses a firearm shall, in addition to any other applicable penalty, be ineligible for any early release program or parole.

Statement of Purpose:

To establish requirements for the purchase of long guns and ammunition, the issuance and renewal of firearm certificates and permits and the safe storage of firearms, and make certain gun offenders ineligible for early release or parole.