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Connecticut: Gun Control Bills to be Heard

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Connecticut: Gun Control Bills to be Heard

On March 23rd, the Connecticut Joint Committee on Judiciary will be hearing gun control legislation that would regulate certain firearm build components as firearms themselves and far exceed federal law, allow interviews of family members for the issuance of pistol permits, and ban certain firearm parts and accessories.  Please contact committee members and urge them to OPPOSE House Bills 5540 and 5542.  Click the “Take Action” button to contact committee members and call them at (860) 240‑0530.

House Bill 5540, co-sponsored by Representative Fred Camillo (R-151), would essentially end the centuries old practice of manufacturing firearms for personal use by imposing requirements that far exceed those in federal law.  The bill language is so broad that nearly any solid, raw materials could also be considered a “firearm.”  Manufacturing or transferring a “firearm” without a serial number would be a Class C felony with a mandatory sentence of at least two years imprisonment and a fine of $5000.  It would require serial numbers be applied to “firearms” in a manner requiring equipment that hobbyists do not usually have or can afford, and that federal regulations only require from licensed manufacturers.  It also imposes a requirement that firearms made from plastic contain an arbitrary steel alloy that has no effect on the detectability.  Federal law already mandates that firearms contain a certain amount of metal content.

In a massive intrusion into private lives, HB 5540 would also allow for an interview process of family members for the issuance of pistol permits.  It would place no limits on the state’s investigative power, allowing for the interviewing of family members regardless of the frequency of their contact with applicants, essentially giving a veto over an application to exercise a constitutional right to family members.

House Bill 5542, co-sponsored by Rep. Camillo, would ban any firearm parts or accessories that mechanically increase the rate of fire of a firearm in any way.  The broad and overreaching provisions of this bill could criminalize firearm modifications commonly done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, or even overcoming disability.

Again, please click the “Take Action” button and also call (860) 240‑0530 to contact members of the Joint Committee on Judiciary and urge them to OPPOSE House Bills 5540 and 5542.

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