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General Assembly

Amendment

 

January Session, 2013

LCO No. 5453

   
 

*SB0116005453SDO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. MEYER, 12th Dist.

 

To: Senate Bill No. 1160

File No.

Cal. No.

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

Strike sections 23 and 24 in their entirety and substitute the following in lieu thereof and renumber the remaining sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 23. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) As used in this section:

(1) "Large capacity magazine" means any firearm magazine, belt, drum, feed strip or similar device that has the capacity of, or can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than ten rounds of ammunition, but does not include: (A) A feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it cannot accommodate more than ten rounds of ammunition, (B) a . 22 caliber tube ammunition feeding device, (C) a tubular magazine that is contained in a lever-action firearm, or (D) a magazine that is permanently inoperable; and

(2) "Licensed gun dealer" means a person who has a federal firearms license and a permit to sell firearms pursuant to section 29-28 of the general statutes.

(b) Except as provided in subsections (d) and (e) of this section, any person who, within this state, distributes, imports into this state, keeps for sale, offers or exposes for sale, purchases or transfers a large capacity magazine shall be guilty of a class D felony.

(c) Except as provided in subsections (d) and (e) of this section, any person who knowingly possesses a large capacity magazine on or after January 1, 2014, shall be guilty of a class D felony. Any person who possesses a large capacity magazine shall, not later than January 1, 2014, render the large capacity magazine permanently inoperable, sell or transfer the large capacity magazine to a licensed gun dealer, remove the large capacity magazine from this state or use and store the large capacity magazine at a target range or shooting club in accordance with subdivision (3) of subsection (e) of this section.

(d) A large capacity magazine may be possessed, purchased or imported by:

(1) Members or employees of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, police departments, the Department of Correction or the military or naval forces of this state or of the United States for use in the discharge of their official duties or when off duty;

(2) Employees of a Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensee operating a nuclear power generating facility in this state for the purpose of providing security services at such facility, or any person, firm, corporation, contractor or subcontractor providing security services at such facility; or

(3) Any person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of manufacturing large capacity magazines in this state that manufactures or transports large capacity magazines in this state for sale within this state to persons specified in subdivision (1) or (2) of this subsection or for sale outside this state.

(e) A large capacity magazine may be possessed:

(1) By a licensed gun dealer;

(2) By a gunsmith who is in a licensed gun dealer's employ, who possesses such large capacity magazine for the purpose of servicing or repairing a large capacity magazine that is lawfully possessed pursuant to this section; or

(3) At a target range of a public or private club or organization organized for the purpose of practicing shooting at targets, a target range which holds a regulatory or business license for the purpose of practicing shooting at that target range, or on the premises of a licensed shooting club, provided such large capacity magazine is stored at such target range or shooting club in a securely locked box or other container or in a location which a reasonable person would believe to be secure whenever such large capacity magazine is not used to practice shooting at targets.

(f) If the court finds that a violation of this section is not of a serious nature and that the person charged with such violation (1) will probably not offend in the future, (2) has not previously been convicted of a violation of this section, and (3) has not previously had a prosecution under this section suspended pursuant to this subsection, it may order suspension of prosecution in accordance with the provisions of subsection (h) of section 29-33 of the general statutes, as amended by this act. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Sec. 23

from passage

New section