REPORT ON BILLS FAVORABLY REPORTED BY COMMITTEE

COMMITTEE:

Public Safety Committee

TITLE OF BILL:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE PERMIT TO CARRY PISTOLS OR REVOLVERS AND STATE COMPLIANCE WITH THE NATIONAL INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS SYSTEM.

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Safety Committee

 

REASONS FOR BILL:

Currently, there is no central location or data base computer system that gives information on all towns and state weapons permits. The Department of Public Safety needs to be able to accurately locate and validate all permits in the state. A one-state permit system will correct this current problem and allow the Department of Public Safety in some cases, to shorten the current 14-day waiting period. This bill will reduce time and paperwork involved in firearms sales, increase the accuracy of weapons information maintained by the state and give the public improved service.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Dr. Henry Lee, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, spoke in favor of the bill. He stated that the Department of Public Safety is acting as point of contact for the national instant criminal background check system which in conjunction with our firearms sales authorizations systems makes it imperative that we be able to accurately determine the existence and validity of a pistol permit.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Robert Crook, Director of the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, stated that they have no objection to the centralization of permits at the state level, but seriously disagree with the temporary permit solution in that it builds on a local issue system generally perceived to be arbitrary and plagued with problems; and places more, not less, administration on local police who should be actively enforcing the law.

The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association spoke in favor of the bill. They stated that this bill continues to allow for maintaining initial control and approval of permits at the local level.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Susan McCalley, executive director of the Connecticut Collaborative for Education against Gun Violence, stated that nothing should change our state's strong permit application process, even if the permit application is forwarded from the local level to the Department of Public Safety.

 

Scott DeVico

4/5/99

 

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