Please Stand-Up and Make Your Voices Heard!
The Connecticut Public Safety and Security Committee may soon consider proposed legislation that has the potential to shut down every shooting range in the state of Connecticut.
The proposal would require range owners/operators to register with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and allow the Commissioner to promulgate new range regulations at any time. Regardless of any new regulations, the Commissioner has the power to shut down a range without cause simply by deeming it “unsafe.” If the future implications of this proposal aren’t bad enough, it would also put almost every existing range out of business immediately for non-compliance under the standards set forth by this proposal.
Make no mistake, the intent of this proposed legislation is to force the closure of existing ranges and to prevent any new ranges from opening. As you know, shooting ranges provide a valuable community service by providing law-abiding citizens with a safe place to shoot. Ranges used exclusively by law enforcement would be exempt from the regulations. If this is truly about safety, why should the range safety standards for law enforcement and civilians be any different?
It is imperative that you contact your lawmakers today and respectfully ask them to oppose this proposed bill! As the Department of Public Safety serves at the pleasure of Governor Jodi Rell (R), it is also critical that you call her TODAY and urge her administration not to support this direct attack on law-abiding gun owners and recreational shooters.
No bill number has been assigned yet, but we will keep you posted on any further action that is taken in the coming weeks. Please continue checking your email and www.NRAILA.org for updates.
To contact Governor Jodi Rell call or email her at:
Greater Hartford Area: 860-566-4840
Toll Free: 800-406-1527