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With so many reports across the state for varying, annoying and extra requirements beyond those specified by law, the application process for a permit to carry pistols and revolvers in CT can be a long and discouraging process. And it shouldn’t be. We have an opportunity to change this TODAY!


Has achieved Joint Favorable status from the Public Safety and Security Committee.  See bill status here.

However, this does NOT mean the bill has passed. In fact I met Senator Joan Hartley, co-chair of the committee at a recent meeting in my town and when I asked about the bill she expressed doubt that it would pass a floor vote. So, if you want to see this bill pass; if you want to see applicants no longer be asked for “extra legal” requirements like interviews with your boss, credit checks and hold harmless agreements for any repercussions that an applicant may be subject to, you need to CALL, not e-mail, but CALL your State Representative and urge SUPPORT for HB 5245. Find your State Representative here. If you have any questions, please feel free to email


This Wednesday, March 23rd, the fight is NOT just to keep your gun rights…it’s a fight to keep you from becoming a FELON – just for owning a magazine that can hold more than ten bullets!

RB 1094 will ban mere POSSESSION of any magazine (other than tubular, .22) that holds more than ten rounds. There is NO “grandfather” clause, there is no financial compensation for what amounts to THEFT of legally purchased, legally owned, commercial firearm accessories for which the State has benefitted from sales tax revenues!
Imagine if a bill were introduced tomorrow outlawing all cars that can go faster than 65 mph? Imagine if you only had until July 1st to TURN IN YOUR CAR to police OR be charged with a felony? Well, that is EXACTLY what is happening here. And since it “only” affects firearm magazines today – who knows what it will be extended to in the future.

The architects of this bill are pushing a snow ball down the “slippery slope”. If this ban goes through, a new precedent will have been set: the CONFISCATION of PRIVATE PROPERTY at the threat of being charged with a FELONY. What’s next? Five round magazines? Single shot firearms? Kitchen knives? Alcohol? Tobacco? Potato Chips?

This bill apart from its obvious flaws of having no impact on criminals, criminalizing citizens and abuse of law enforcement resources needs to be defeated because of this new precedent: The CONFISCATION of property that some people in government feel you should not own. This is perhaps the most repulsive, unconstitutional aspect of this bill and the impact it represents.

This bill MUST be defeated! Oppose RB 1094! Show up at the Legislative Office Building, Judiciary Committee, Wednesday, March 23rd! If you cannot attend this hearing, please call the Judiciary Committee at 860-240-0530 and Oppose RB 1094.

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.

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League has scored its first major victory for Connecticut’s gun owners!

For decades permit applicants have been subjected to a variety of delays and burdened with “additional requirements” above and beyond what is allowed under CT state law in order to obtain a pistol permit.

CCDL has begun to reverse that trend, scoring a Declaratory Ruling by the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners (BFPE) that mandates issuing authorities adhere to state law and not make additional requirements. Below is the commentary provided by CCDL’s Vice President, Lenny Benedetto. Please read this and spread the word and encourage your fellow gun owners to join CCDL!

Written by Vice President

Saturday, 23 January 2010 10:45
The CCDL, Inc. has taken action to help Connecticut citizens applying for gun permits!

Many issuing authorities in Connecticut have for years taken it upon themselves to ask for “EXTRA” information from applicants applying for their permit to carry pistols and revolvers. These intrusive bits of extra information include things such as 3 letters of recommendation that may need to be notarized, signed forms allowing the issuing authority to do financial credit checks, and some even request applicants to sign waivers so authorities can check your medical/mental health history records. This extra information has never been required by any state statute. Members of the CCDL have asked that the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners (BFPE) make a Declaratory Ruling on whether all of this extra information is needed when applying for a permit.

Many people applying for their permit are not aware of what is deemed necessary by the State of Connecticut. Some have supplied the extra information to get their permit; others have considered it an invasion of their privacy and decided against applying for their permit on principle, thus compromising their Second Amendment rights!

The official ruling from BFPE is that anything not specifically called out in the CT state statues is NOT necessary when applying for a permit. They will be sending a copy of their ruling to each and every issuing authority in Connecticut.

CCDL Members and Member Trainers, please pass along this information to everyone. The people of this State, that are interested in getting their permits, need to know that they CANNOT be found unsuitable by any issuing authority, just because they did not supply the extra information at the time they apply for their carry permit.

The BFPE is a group made up of volunteers! The CCDL would like to thank them for the very long hours of service that they put in helping gun owners in this great State of ours!



BELLEVUE, WA – Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on April 7 acknowledged that gun registration is on her agenda, days after Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters in Mexico that the Second Amendment would not “stand in the way” of administration plans to crack down on alleged gun trafficking to Mexico.

“These are alarming remarks from Speaker Pelosi and Attorney General Holder,” said Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb. “It appears that the Obama administration and Capitol Hill anti-gunners have dropped all pretences about their plans for gun owners’ rights, and it looks like the gloves are coming off.”

Pelosi’s revelation came during an interview on ABC’s Good Morning, America . While insisting that Congress “never denied” the gun rights of American Citizens, Pelosi told Roberts, “We want them registered. We don’t want them crossing state linesÂ…” Gottlieb noted that citizens’ rights do not stop at state lines.

“But that doesn’t really matter,” he observed. “History has shown that around the world, registration has always led to confiscation.”

In Mexico , according to the Wall Street Journal, Holder was asked if the administration might encounter constitutional issues as it tries to crack down on alleged gun trafficking. His response: “I don’t think our Second Amendment will stand in the way of efforts we have begun and will expand upon.”

“These comments belie administration promises and Democrat rhetoric that party leaders respect the rights of law-abiding Americans to own the firearm of their choice,” Gottlieb said. “They imposed registration of semi-autos in Pelosi’s California and it led to a ban, but it certainly didn’t disarm criminals, like the convicted felon who killed four Oakland police officers last month. We know from Holder that the Obama administration wants to renew the nationwide ban on such firearms, but that won’t prevent crime, either.

“The administration and Congressional anti-gunners have declared war on gun rights,” Gottlieb said. “The press seems deliberately blind to the statements from Pelosi and Holder, who blame our gun rights for their incompetence in dealing with crime. More than 90 million gun owners haven’t hurt anybody, and they are tired of being treated like criminals.”

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