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File No. 362

    February Session, 2016

House Bill No. 5582

House of Representatives, March 31, 2016

The Committee on Environment reported through REP. ALBIS of the 99th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the bill ought to pass.


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

Section 1. Section 26-82a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The commissioner shall issue, upon payment of a five-dollar fee, to the owner of ten or more acres of private land or a resident of this state, who has the consent of the owner of ten or more acres of private land, a private land [revolver] handgun permit that allows the use of a [revolver, as defined in section 29-27,] handgun to hunt deer from November first to December thirty-first, inclusive, pursuant to the bag limit established for a private land deer permit under subsection (a) of section 26-86a. For the purposes of this section and section 26-35, as amended by this act, "handgun" means any firearm with a rifled bore that is intended to be fired from a handheld position and that holds individual cartridges in individual chambers regardless of whether such firearm contains multiple chambers arrayed in a cylinder or a single chamber. Any person who uses a handgun to hunt deer pursuant to this section shall additionally use such handgun in accordance with the provisions of title 29 if such handgun meets the definition of a pistol or revolver, as defined in section 29-27. Any person authorized to hunt deer by [revolver] handgun pursuant to this section shall use a cartridge of .357 caliber or larger for such purpose.

Sec. 2. Section 26-35 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

Each firearms hunting, archery hunting, trapping or sport fishing license or the combination firearms hunting and fishing license, except licenses issued pursuant to subdivisions (4), (19) and (21) of subsection (a) of section 26-28, shall expire December thirty-first next following the date of issue and shall not be transferable. No person shall change or alter such a license or loan to another or permit another to have or use such license issued to himself or use any license issued to another. All licenses shall be carried as designated by the commissioner at all times when such licensee is hunting, trapping or sport fishing and shall be produced for examination upon demand of any conservation officer or other employee of the department designated by the commissioner or any other officer authorized to make arrests or the owner or lessee or the agent of any owner or lessee of any land or water upon which such licensed person may be found. Whenever the commissioner has designated any land or water area a wildlife management study area, he may require such licensee to surrender his license upon entering such area and issue to the licensee an arm band, back tag or other identification. The license shall be returned to the licensee upon leaving such area. Each person receiving a license to hunt or to trap shall make an annual report to the commissioner in such form and at such time as may be required by him showing the numbers and kinds of birds and quadrupeds killed or trapped. A firearms hunting or a combination firearms hunting and fishing license shall not authorize the carrying or possession of a handgun, pistol or revolver, except as provided in section 26-82a.

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

Section 1

from passage


Sec. 2

from passage



Joint Favorable


The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do 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.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected


FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Less than 5,000

Less than 5,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None


This bill expands the use of private property deer hunting permits to include single-shot handguns (in addition to revolvers).

This may result in a minimal revenue gain from the additional sale of $5 Private Land Deer Endorsements, totaling less than $5,000 annually. The five-year average for the sale of revolver endorsements is $4,572.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the number of permits sold.

OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5582



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


Environment Committee

Joint Favorable