OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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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.: 5477


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 14 $

FY 15 $

Correction, Dept.; Judicial Dpt (Probation)

GF - Potential Cost

Indeterminate

Indeterminate

Judicial Dept.

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Indeterminate

Indeterminate

Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

GF - Eliminates Cost in Bill

Minimal

Minimal

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment strikes two sections of the underlying bill and the associated fiscal impact. The underlying bill makes it an offense, punishable as a class D felony, to knowingly possess a large capacity magazine. The amendment eliminates the legal possession of large capacity magazines that were acquired prior to the effective date of this bill. This is likely to result in an increased number of violations of this offense as the amendment would make it illegal to own large capacity magazines under most circumstances.

To the extent that that offenders are prosecuted under this amendment, potential costs for incarceration or probation supervision in the community would result. On average, it costs $50,690 to incarcerate an offender and $4,968 (including fringe benefits) to supervise an offender on probation in the community.

The underlying bill requires the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) to create an application for lawful possession of high capacity magazines and assault weapons. The amendment strikes this section and precludes the minimal costs associated with fulfilling this provision.

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.