OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5539

AN ACT CONCERNING FIREARMS IN STATE PARKS.

SUMMARY

This bill requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to allow anyone holding a valid permit to carry a pistol or revolver to carry such firearm in a state park.

Current DEEP regulations prohibit hunting or carrying firearms or other weapons in a state park or forest, unless the department authorizes it (Conn. Agencies Regs. 23-4-1(c)). Violators commit an infraction and are subject to a $75 fine (Conn. Agencies Regs. 23-4-5(b)(1)). By law, violators may (1) pay the fine by mail, without a court appearance or (2) contest the fine in court (CGS 23-4).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2018

COMMITTEE ACTION

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

21

Nay

20

(04/03/2018)