OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-358

AN ACT PROHIBITING THE TRANSFER OF MACHINE GUNS TO MINORS.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 10 $

FY 11 $

Judicial Dept.

GF - Revenue Gain

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Judicial Dpt (Probation); Correction, Dept.

GF - Cost

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill makes it a violation of state law, punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years and/or a fine of up to $1,000, for selling, giving or transferring a machine gun to any person under the age of 16.

It is anticipated that few offenses would be prosecuted each year and, consequently, any revenue gain from criminal fines under the bill would be minimal. To the extent that offenders are prosecuted criminally and subsequently convicted or plead guilty, the state could incur a cost associated with incarceration and/or probation supervision in the community. On average, it costs the state $3,736 to supervise an offender on probation in the community as compared to $44,165 to incarcerate the offender.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing cost identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation; the annualized ongoing revenue would remain constant since fine amounts are set by statute.