Judiciary Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-455

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING WEAPONS IN VEHICLES.

Vote Date:

3/21/2016

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/18/2016

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Sentencing Commission

REASONS FOR BILL:

The purpose of this bill is to bring the statute in line with State v. DiCiccio, 315 Conn. 79 (2104), which held that the possession of a dirk knife and a police baton in the home is protected by the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution and that General Statutes Section 29-38, by categorically barring the transportation of those weapons by motor vehicle between residences, impermissibly infringed upon that right.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Division of Criminal Justice: Supports this bill. The division respectfully recommends the Committee's Joint Favorable Report to correct the apparent drafting error in the current State Statute.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Connecticut Sentencing Commission, Alex Tsarkov, Executive Director: Supports this bill. This bill would bring CGS 29-28 into compliance with the Ct. Supreme Court decision in State v. DiCiccio, 315 Conn. 79(2014) where the defendant was convicted of two counts of having a weapon in a motor vehicle. The Conn. Supreme Court held that Connecticut's weapon in a motor vehicle statue violates the Second Amendment to the extent that is acts as a complete prohibition on the transportation of dirk knives and police batons between residences.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Submitted

Reported by: George Marinelli

Date: April 4, 2016