Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5409

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR A TEMPORARY STATE PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR A REVOLVER.

Vote Date:

3/10/2016

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/3/2016

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Safety and Security Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To specify documentation needed and make applications to carry a pistol permit more uniform thru out the state.

Substitute Language (LCO 2901)

Change to from immediately to one week when the application shall be received from the local authority.

Remove Law enforcement agency or branch of the military service from training course certificates of completion. The only certificate now acceptable is from a certified instructor by the National Rifle Association.

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RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None submitted

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen supports the bill. In Section 1(a) lines 6-7 and in Section 1(b) lines 28-32 we are in complete agreement. The long term problem is that municipalities have designed their own forms which lengthens the permit process and severely impacts privacy by requesting personal information.

Barry Michaelson supports the bill because it would remove the ability for local authorities to ask for information beyond what is required by the state. This creates uniform criteria for issuing a temporary permit to carry a pistol.

Robert Starr submitted testimony in support of the bill. The current process is flawed and requires local authorities to determine an applicant's suitability. This simple change would make it easier and clarify towns roles in the process.

Connecticut Citizens Defense League supports the bill. This bill would make standard the same application from town to town. Certain local authorities impose obstacles that are not appropriate for the issuing of permits.

Ray Bevis submitted written testimony on the bill. A statewide uniform criteria for temporary carry permits is necessary. Similar bills have been proposed but not passed.

Michael Phelps supports the bill. As a certified NRA instructor my students find it difficult to apply for their permits. This bill would create uniform criteria and prevent towns from adding other requirements and delaying the process.

Bill Hillman submitted testimony supporting the bill. Uniform application of the law is essential and uniform criteria to applications must not be distorted by arbitrary criteria town by town. Firearms are too important to be subject to the whims of local authorities and this bill establishes state requirements regarding permits.

William Curlew supports the bill. Having a state mandated set of requirements and fees will make the permit process much easier on both the citizens and government employees.

James Ritchie submitted written testimony on the bill. As an NRA instruction I have close to a dozen people who have applied for applications and in each case the rules are different. The bill should include penalties to the issuing authority for not following state statutes.

The following people support the bill because it would create uniform criteria in towns issuing temporary pistol or revolver permits:

Walter Hagedorn

David Ortiz

Roy Downey

Lauren Brown

Christopher Duffy

James Dempsey

Chris Lemos

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Ct Against Gun Violence testified against the bill. This bill takes away the discretion of the Police Chiefs to seek information that may help in their decision to grant the permit. Researchers studied homicide rates where people applied with the police and found a 40 percent reduction in firearm-related homicides.

Herbert Furhman submitted testimony against the bill. The bill removes the state statue's current language “or an Instructor certified by the state or a Certified Police Instructor”. These people are professionals in firearms, safety and the law and should be included not just the NRA.

Barbara Kraushaar submitted testimony against the bill. Gun violence is out of control and we do not need civilians doing the job of the police officers in their towns.

The following people submitted testimony against the bill because it would take away the right of police chiefs to ask for additional documents.

Susan Bevan

Barbara Richardson

Po Murray

Mike Labouliere

Phillip Feuer

Celia Landman

Michelle Embree Ku

Mary Dortenzio

Anita Donofrio

Jody Wynn Rodiger

Michael Navaroli

Joanne Twiggs/Irene Scheibner

Linda Sacco

Reported by: Pamela Bianca

3/23/2016