Environment Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5582

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRIVATE LAND REVOLVER HUNTING PERMIT.

Vote Date:

3/16/2016

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/11/2016

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Environment Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill replaces references to “revolver” in Section 26-82a of the General Statutes with “handgun” to allow for the use of single-shot handguns while hunting deer on private land with a permit. The bill also provides a definition of “handgun” to provide clarity. Some members of the state's hunting community believe it was not the intent of the 2010 legislation that created the permit to exclude single-shot handguns

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None Expressed.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Chris Marino, Secretary, Northwest Connecticut Sportsman's Council: Mr. Marino thanks the Committee for legislation enacted in 2010 that has helped sportsmen and women enjoy “five years of enhanced deer hunting opportunity on private lands” in our state. He believes that single shot handguns are the safest firearm for deer hunting, and this is the handguns intended main use. Mr. Marino also states that the fee proposed in this bill “would result in increased licensing revenue to DEEP.”

Robert Crook, Director, Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen: Mr. Crook agrees with Mr. Marino that this bill modifies a bill passed in 2010. He informs the Committee that no accidents/incidents regarding handgun hunting have occurred in our state and stresses that the use for single shot handguns will occur on private lands only.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Ginger Dupont: Ms. Dupont believes that the last remaining wild places left in the state need to go to the wildlife that deserves the greatest care due to us “encroaching on their native territories.” She says this bill is an ignorant demand from the hunting community that is a minority interest group in the state.

The following people offered testimony in opposition to hunting with a handgun. They stated that this way of hunting is crueler because a handgun is less accurate and can hurt the animal by the hunter missing the target. They are also angered by the use of their tax dollars to pass this bill.

Agnes Wosko, Granby

Bo Jarnstedt, Greenwich

Eva Magnuszewski, New Britain

Julie Lewin, Guilford

Karen Laski, Manchester

Neil Hornish, Granby

Patricia Harmon, Stamford

Rosamund Downing, Pawcatuck

Sally Westcott, Bloomfield

Sherry Wernicke, Riverside

Stefanie Kruczkiewicz, Stamford

Reported by: Alexandra Rice

Date: 3/17/16