More Anti Gun Bills…in addition to Microstamping

Posted: March 13, 2009 in Gun Legislation

S.839 Will eliminate the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners and roll its function back into State Police. This would remove any independent board of review that denied or revoked permit applicants/holders could appeal to review their cases. This is another large “chunk” of rights chipped off the old constitutional block. OPPOSE!

S.353 Makes it illegal for minors to handle or shoot a machine gun or an “Assault Weapon” even under controlled range conditions. While most people would not object to prohibiting minors from shooting “machine guns” the fact that the bill contains the dubious term “Assault Weapon” as well means the door is left open for future “Assault Weapons” bans, like the federal HR 1022 in Congress now that would include guns like
Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) rifles used at National Matches and guns like Remington 1100 shotguns for clay target sports. If BOTH bills pass, there will be no under age 18 shooters at the National Matches and no Boy Scouts shooting trap or skeet at local fish and game clubs with

ALERT:

Public Hearing Regarding Firearms Permit Examiners Board:

Scheduled to be heard 3/16 in the Government Administration and Elections Committee:

SB 839 AN ACT CONCERNING MERGERS AND CONSOLIDATIONS OF VARIOUS STATE AGENCIES.

HB 6375 AN ACT CONCERNING REVIEW AND TERMINATION OF CERTAIN BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

Both of these bills, which have been proposed by the Governor’s office, seek to eliminate a number of independent Boards and Commissions-including placing the BOARD OF FIREARMS PERMIT EXAMINERS into the Department of Public Safety and removing 100% of its funding.

This will eliminate the autonomy and purpose of a “civilian” review board, by placing control and oversight of the board with the very agency which has the power to revoke pistol permits in the first place. This will save no money and make it unlikely the average person will get a fair and impartial hearing.

Actions you can take:

  • Testify at the hearing
  • If you cannot testify in person, you can still submit written testimony: send it with a friend
  • Call or write your own Senator and Representative
  • Email the GAE Chairs:  Senator Gayle Slossberg: slossberg@senatedems.ct.gov, Representative James Malone james.Spallone@cga.ct.gov
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*Please remember when contacting legislators: Always be respectful and polite.

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009

The Government Administration and Elections Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 16, 2009 at 9: 30 A. M. in Room 2B of the LOB. Please submit 35 copies of written testimony to Committee staff one hour prior to the start of the hearing in Room 2200 of the LOB. Early submissions of written testimony will be accepted. A lottery sign-up by bill number will begin immediately in Room 2200 of the LOB and will end at 8: 45 A. M. on Monday, March 16, 2009. The first hour of the hearing is reserved for the Governor or her representative. Members of the public will speak second, followed by Agency Heads and Chief Elected Officials, concluding with Lobbyists. Speakers will be limited to 3 minutes of testimony per bill. Unofficial sign-up sheets have no standing with the Committee.

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