OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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SB-1160

AN ACT CONCERNING GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND CHILDREN'S SAFETY.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 5456


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 14 $

FY 15 $

Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

GF - See Below

See Below

See Below

Correction, Dept.

GF - Cost

10.5 million

10.5 million

Revenue Serv., Dept.

GF - Revenue Loss

Significant

Significant

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment strikes sections 1 – 63 of the underlying bill.

The amendment eliminates both the long gun and ammunition eligibility certificates. By doing so, the approximately $200,000 to $300,000 in costs to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) in FY 13 for developing and implementing systems are eliminated. Additionally, the estimated annual Personal Service costs of $250,000 (plus fringe benefit costs) beginning in FY 14 are eliminated. There is also a minimal revenue loss to DESPP from elimination of the $35 fee for such permits.

The other eliminated sections result in minimally reduced costs to the state.

Sections 12-15 and 27 of the amendment are anticipated to cost the Department of Correction approximately $10.5 million in FY 14 and FY 15 by eliminating the Risk Reduction Earned Credits (RREC) program and forcing the forfeiture of any risk reduction credits inmates have earned to date.

Sections 24 and 25 re-allocate the $1.0 million originally proposed for the statewide firearms trafficking task force towards a new pilot program. As such, there is no net fiscal impact arising from the deletion of section 63 and subsequent addition of these sections.

Section 26 of the amendment establishes a non-refundable Personal Income Tax credit of up to $300 for the purchase of certain gun safes. This results in a significant annual revenue loss. There are currently approximately 179,000 Connecticut residents holding a pistol permit, and an unknown number of additional residents owning long guns. Based on gun safe manufacturers' data, it is anticipated that at least 1,500 gun safes would be sold annually in Connecticut..

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.