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General Assembly


Raised Bill No. 5582

February Session, 2016


LCO No. 2447



Referred to Committee on ENVIRONMENT


Introduced by:





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 Section 26-82a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):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 Section 26-35 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):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


Statement of Purpose:

To expand the private land revolver permit to hunt deer to include single shot handguns.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]