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Anti-Gun Bill Heard In Connecticut Committee

Friday, February 25, 2005

On February 24, a public hearing on the State Police Omnibus Anti-Gun Bill was held before the Public Safety Committee. The bill, now referred to as SB 1133, includes a ban on the private sale of long guns, and strict liability that would apply to any one person or manufacturer "transferring" a firearm. This strict liability provision is designed only to invite increased legal exposure and more frivolous lawsuits against private citizens and the firearms industry. Additionally, SB 1133 would give the authorities increased ability to permanently deem an individual a "person prohibited" from possessing firearms.

Also pending in that committee is SB 714, which would ban the sale of .50 caliber rifles. The committee could vote on these measures at any time. It is critical that NRA members contact members of the committee, as well as your own lawmakers, and urge them to oppose ALL of the bills cited above and ANY gun-related bills that come before the Public Safety Committee. We also encourage you to contact members of Connecticut’s Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and ask them to oppose these measures. For a list of caucus or committee members and their phone numbers, please contact our NRA-ILA`s Grassroots Division at (800) 392-8683.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.