Board of Firearms Permit Examiners Saved…Again

Posted: April 2, 2010 in News

For the second year in a row, the attempt to dissolve the BFPE has been thwarted. Using the bogus rationalization of saving cost (the BFPE members are volunteers and only a single, administrative assistant employed by the State is salaried), the Gov’t Administration and Election Committee has not added this bill (SB 28) to its agenda since hearing the bill on March 17th.

Thanks to CCDL, Scott Wilson, Phil and Stephanie Cypher also thanks to the CT Coalition of Sportsmen, Bob Crook and all gun owners who called, wrote and testified against this bill have once again, preserved the BFPE as the independent review board to hear and restore denied and/or revoked pistol permit cases.

Below is a summary of two bills that would have impacted the BFPE:

SB 28 “An Act Consolidating State Agencies and Eliminating Certain Legislative Commissions”
is not on the legislative agenda. Thanks to all who called, wrote and testified. This bill would have eliminated the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners, removing any recourse for a hearing by an independent board for any person whose pistol permit was denied or revoked.

SB 284 “An Act Creating a Division of Administrative Hearings seeks to create a new entity within State government to hear contested cases affecting various issues including: the Dept. of Children and Families (DCF); the Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV); Transportation and the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners (BFPE). At this time, the bill remains active; however, language affecting the BFPE has been removed from the bill during a roll call vote and no longer impacts gun ownership. Both bills were heard in the Gov’t Administration and Elections Committee.

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