OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5582

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRIVATE LAND REVOLVER HUNTING PERMIT.

SUMMARY:

This bill expands the types of firearms that a person who holds a permit to hunt deer on private property may use to do such hunting. It does this by allowing the hunter to use a handgun instead of a revolver only. Under the bill, a “handgun” is any handheld firearm with a rifled bore that holds individual cartridges in individual chambers. The handgun may contain multiple chambers on a cylinder or a single chamber. The law defines a “revolver” as a firearm with a barrel length of less than 12 inches. By law, unchanged by the bill, a person hunting with a private land permit must fire cartridges of at least .357 caliber.

By law, the energy and environmental protection commissioner must issue private land hunting permits for a $5 fee to owners of 10 or more acres of private land or a state resident with such an owner's permission to hunt on the land. Private land deer hunting must be conducted between November 1 and December 31 and is subject to the private land deer permit bag limit the commissioner establishes.

The bill requires someone who hunts with a handgun to use the firearm in accordance with law if it is a pistol or revolver (e.g., have a permit to carry). It also makes conforming changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

20

Nay

9

(03/16/2016)