OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5538

AN ACT CONCERNING A NONEXPIRING AMMUNITION CERTIFICATE.

SUMMARY

Existing law generally requires a person who purchases ammunition to hold a valid ammunition certificate or other gun credential. This bill creates a non-expiring ammunition certificate that is in addition to existing law's five-year certificate. Under the bill, the non-expiring certificate is subject to a one-time issuance fee of $100. By law, five-year certificates are subject to $35 issuance and renewal fees.

The bill extends existing law's issuance and revocation requirements for five-year ammunition certificates to non-expiring certificates. Among other things, this means that:

1. a person must be at least age 18 to apply for a certificate;

2. the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection commissioner must perform a state criminal history records check, at the applicant's request and expense, before issuing the certificate; and

3. the commissioner must revoke a certificate when any event occurs that would have disqualified the holder from obtaining the certificate in the first place (generally, events that make someone ineligible for a long gun eligibility certificate).

The bill also makes conforming and technical changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2018

COMMITTEE ACTION

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

22

Nay

19

(04/03/2018)