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Posted: 3/16/2006 1:55:31 PM EDT
Raised H.B. No. 5818 AN ACT CONCERNING LOST OR STOLEN FIREARMS. To require that when a firearm is not in the actual physical possession of the owner it be stored or kept in a manner so as to reduce the risk that it will be stolen or otherwise come into the possession of another person, require the reporting of the loss or theft of a firearm to a law enforcement agency and provide that evidence that a pistol or revolver was found not in the possession of the owner thereof is prima facie evidence that the owner had transferred such pistol or revolver without proper application and authorization. OPPOSE. 03/15 Referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary.
http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=5818&which_year=2006


Link Posted: 3/16/2006 3:24:26 PM EDT



General Assembly
Raised Bill No. 5818

February Session, 2006
LCO No. 3289

*03289_______JUD*

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Introduced by:

(JUD)



AN ACT CONCERNING LOST OR STOLEN FIREARMS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2006) Whenever a person who possesses a firearm, as defined in section 53a-3 of the general statutes, does not have actual physical possession of such firearm, such person shall store or keep such firearm in such a manner as to ensure that there is not a substantial and unjustifiable risk that such firearm will be stolen or otherwise come into the possession of another person without authorization.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2006) (a) Any person who possesses a firearm, as defined in section 53a-3 of the general statutes, that is stolen from such person or that such person loses shall report such theft or loss to the organized local police department for the town in which the theft or loss occurred or, if such town does not have an organized local police department, to the state police troop having jurisdiction for such town, not later than seventy-two hours after such person knew or should have known of such theft or loss. Such department or troop shall forthwith forward a copy of such report to the Commissioner of Public Safety.

(b) Any person who fails to make a report required by subsection (a) of this section within the prescribed time period shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, except that, if such person intentionally fails to make such report within the prescribed time period, such person shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor for the first offense and a class D felony for any subsequent offense.

Sec. 3. Section 29-33 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2006):

(a) No person, firm or corporation shall sell, deliver or otherwise transfer any pistol or revolver to any person who is prohibited from possessing a pistol or revolver as provided in section 53a-217c, as amended.

(b) On and after October 1, 1995, no person may purchase or receive any pistol or revolver unless such person holds a valid permit to carry a pistol or revolver issued pursuant to subsection (b) of section 29-28, as amended, a valid permit to sell at retail a pistol or revolver issued pursuant to subsection (a) of section 29-28, as amended, or a valid eligibility certificate for a pistol or revolver issued pursuant to section 29-36f, as amended, or is a federal marshal, parole officer or peace officer.

(c) No person, firm or corporation shall sell, deliver or otherwise transfer any pistol or revolver except upon written application on a form prescribed and furnished by the Commissioner of Public Safety. Such person, firm or corporation shall insure that all questions on the application are answered properly prior to releasing the pistol or revolver and shall retain the application, which shall be attached to the federal sale or transfer document, for at least twenty years or until such vendor goes out of business. Such application shall be available for inspection during normal business hours by law enforcement officials. No sale, delivery or other transfer of any pistol or revolver shall be made unless the person making the purchase or to whom the same is delivered or transferred is personally known to the person selling such pistol or revolver or making delivery or transfer thereof or provides evidence of his identity in the form of a motor vehicle operator's license, identity card issued pursuant to section 1-1h, as amended, or valid passport. No sale, delivery or other transfer of any pistol or revolver shall be made until the person, firm or corporation making such transfer obtains an authorization number from the Commissioner of Public Safety. Said commissioner shall perform the national instant criminal background check and make a reasonable effort to determine whether there is any reason that would prohibit such applicant from possessing a pistol or revolver as provided in section 53a-217c, as amended. If the commissioner determines the existence of such a reason, the commissioner shall deny the sale and no pistol or revolver shall be sold, delivered or otherwise transferred by such person, firm or corporation to such applicant.

(d) No person, firm or corporation shall sell, deliver or otherwise transfer any pistol or revolver, other than at wholesale, unless such pistol or revolver is equipped with a reusable trigger lock, gun lock or gun locking device appropriate for such pistol or revolver, which lock or device shall be constructed of material sufficiently strong to prevent it from being easily disabled and have a locking mechanism accessible by key or by electronic or other mechanical accessory specific to such lock or device to prevent unauthorized removal. No pistol or revolver shall be loaded or contain therein any gunpowder or other explosive or any bullet, ball or shell when such pistol or revolver is sold, delivered or otherwise transferred.

(e) Upon the sale, delivery or other transfer of any pistol or revolver, the person making the purchase or to whom the same is delivered or transferred shall sign a receipt for such pistol or revolver which shall contain the name and address of such person, the date of sale, the caliber, make, model and manufacturer's number and a general description of such pistol or revolver, the identification number of such person's permit to carry pistols or revolvers, issued pursuant to subsection (b) of section 29-28, as amended, permit to sell at retail pistols or revolvers, issued pursuant to subsection (a) of said section 29-28, or eligibility certificate for a pistol or revolver, issued pursuant to section 29-36f, as amended, if any, and the authorization number designated for the transfer by the Department of Public Safety. The person, firm or corporation selling such pistol or revolver or making delivery or transfer thereof shall give one copy of the receipt to the person making the purchase of such pistol or revolver or to whom the same is delivered or transferred, shall retain one copy of the receipt for at least five years, and shall send, by first class mail, or electronically transmit, within forty-eight hours of such sale, delivery or other transfer, one copy of the receipt to the Commissioner of Public Safety and one copy of the receipt to the chief of police or, where there is no chief of police, the warden of the borough or the first selectman of the town, as the case may be, of the town in which the transferee resides.

(f) The provisions of this section shall not apply to antique pistols or revolvers. An antique pistol or revolver, for the purposes of this section, means any pistol or revolver which was manufactured in or before 1898 and any replica of such pistol or revolver provided such replica is not designed or redesigned for using rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition except rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition which is no longer manufactured in the United States and not readily available in the ordinary channel of commercial trade.

(g) The provisions of this section shall not apply to the sale, delivery or transfer of pistols or revolvers between (1) a federally-licensed firearm manufacturer and a federally-licensed firearm dealer, (2) a federally-licensed firearm importer and a federally-licensed firearm dealer, or (3) federally-licensed firearm dealers.

(h) If the court finds that a violation of this section is not of a serious nature and that the person charged with such violation (1) will probably not offend in the future, (2) has not previously been convicted of a violation of this section, and (3) has not previously had a prosecution under this section suspended pursuant to this subsection, it may order suspension of prosecution. The court shall not order suspension of prosecution unless the accused person has acknowledged that he understands the consequences of the suspension of prosecution. Any person for whom prosecution is suspended shall agree to the tolling of any statute of limitations with respect to such violation and to a waiver of his right to a speedy trial. Such person shall appear in court and shall be released to the custody of the Court Support Services Division for such period, not exceeding two years, and under such conditions as the court shall order. If the person refuses to accept, or, having accepted, violates such conditions, the court shall terminate the suspension of prosecution and the case shall be brought to trial. If such person satisfactorily completes his period of probation, he may apply for dismissal of the charges against him and the court, on finding such satisfactory completion, shall dismiss such charges. If the person does not apply for dismissal of the charges against him after satisfactorily completing his period of probation, the court, upon receipt of a report submitted by the Court Support Services Division that the person satisfactorily completed his period of probation, may on its own motion make a finding of such satisfactory completion and dismiss such charges. Upon dismissal, all records of such charges shall be erased pursuant to section 54-142a. An order of the court denying a motion to dismiss the charges against a person who has completed his period of probation or terminating the participation of a defendant in such program shall be a final judgment for purposes of appeal.

(i) (1) In any prosecution for a violation of subsection (c) of this section, evidence that a law enforcement agency seized or recovered a pistol or revolver that was not in the possession of the owner thereof at the time of such seizure or recovery shall be prima facie evidence that such owner sold, delivered or transferred such pistol or revolver in violation of the provisions of this section.

(2) In any prosecution for a violation of subsection (c) of this section, it shall be an affirmative defense that the defendant (A) did not act with criminal negligence in storing or keeping the pistol or revolver, or (B) reported the theft or loss of the pistol or revolver to the organized local police department for the town in which the theft or loss occurred or, if such town does not have an organized local police department, to the state police troop having jurisdiction for such town prior to the seizure or recovery of such pistol or revolver by a law enforcement agency.

[(i)] (j) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be guilty of a class D felony, except that any person who sells, delivers or otherwise transfers a pistol or revolver in violation of the provisions of this section, knowing that such pistol or revolver is stolen or that the manufacturer's number or other mark of identification on such pistol or revolver has been altered, removed or obliterated, shall be guilty of a class B felony, and any pistol or revolver found in the possession of any person in violation of any provision of this section shall be forfeited.

Sec. 4. Section 53-202g of the general statutes is repealed. (Effective October 1, 2006)


This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1
October 1, 2006
New section

Sec. 2
October 1, 2006
New section

Sec. 3
October 1, 2006
29-33

Sec. 4
October 1, 2006
Repealer section



Statement of Purpose:

To require that when a firearm is not in the actual physical possession of the owner it be stored or kept in a manner so as to reduce the risk that it will be stolen or otherwise come into the possession of another person, require the reporting of the loss or theft of a firearm to a law enforcement agency and provide that evidence that a pistol or revolver was found not in the possession of the owner thereof is prima facie evidence that the owner had transferred such pistol or revolver without proper application and authorization.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 3:34:34 PM EDT
This the bill Mike Lawlor(D-99)l mentioned would be raised at the Jan 18th meeting at the Lyceum Center in Hartford.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 4:38:35 PM EDT
What a crappy bill ... If they want to get illegal guns off of the street, why don't they do it the old fashioned way and put the scum bags in jail for long sentences. Inmates do not posses guns.

Time to start sending letters to the capitol.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 2:09:21 AM EDT
Stinkfoot: CALL the capitol 1-800-406-1527 Letters are ignored except when submitted to public hearings.

The Judiciary Committee has more anti gunners than Public Safety.

Tell Gov. Rell you OPPOSE this bill and SUPPORT additional funding to the stolen gun and gang TASK FORCE (which many anti gunners oppose funding for, because it provides resources and RESULTS in getting criminals off the streets and democrats don't like that!)
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 3:42:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By steveinct:
Stinkfoot: CALL the capitol 1-800-406-1527 Letters are ignored except when submitted to public hearings.

The Judiciary Committee has more anti gunners than Public Safety.

Tell Gov. Rell you OPPOSE this bill and SUPPORT additional funding to the stolen gun and gang TASK FORCE (which many anti gunners oppose funding for, because it provides resources and RESULTS in getting criminals off the streets and democrats don't like that!)



Sounds like a plan. I'll give a call Monday.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 3:34:38 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 3/18/2006 2:27:49 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 3/19/2006 2:37:26 PM EDT
Don't let them slip this one past us!
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 2:28:30 AM EDT
See *H. B. No. 5818 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING LOST OR STOLEN FIREARMS.

*JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2006

The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 24, 2006 at 1: 00 P. M. in Room 2E of the LOB. Please submit 55 copies of written testimony to Committee staff two hours prior to the start of the hearing in Room 2500 of the LOB. The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, Constitutional Officers, State Agency Heads and Municipal Chief Elected Officials. After the first hour, speaker order will decided by a lottery system. Numbers may be drawn beginning at 9: 00 A. M. in Room 2500 of the LOB and will be available up until 12: 00 P. M. Anyone wishing to testify after the drawing will be placed at the end of the list. Speakers will be limited to 3 minutes of testimony.

Link Posted: 3/20/2006 3:09:10 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 3/22/2006 12:04:32 PM EDT
Bump!
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 2:42:13 PM EDT
I called today to oppose this again, and reminded them that the stolen gun task force is down to three officers from eleven - why don't we keep it funded?
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 5:03:23 PM EDT
I watched the "press conference" at the capitol on CT-PTV. It was a veritable orgy of officials and advocates who have a seething hatred for guns. Pathetic, really. Everyone at the podium is repeating the mantra, "We need this tool to go after straw purchasers...."

Somebody ought to inform these fucking losers that straw purchasing is illegal already.

Am I reading this bill correctly, does it actually say that if a gun is found in someone else's possession during a crime, it automatically assumes the legal, original buyer was a straw purchaser?

If so, add this to another reason why this bill is a pile of stinking bullshit with a cloud of AIDS infested flies hovering over it.
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 5:06:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By steveinct:
I called today to oppose this again, and reminded them that the stolen gun task force is down to three officers from eleven - why don't we keep it funded?


We all know why. Going after criminals doesn't fit the agenda.
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 6:32:45 PM EDT
We have a bunch of raving communists, like Representative Michael P. Lawlor - whose bio reads that he did much of his grad school work in MOSCOW and Eastern Europe, studying their "systems"
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 5:30:24 AM EDT
Coalition of CT Sportsmen's website has virtually nothing on this matter. According to the farts at the press conference yesterday, there will be a public hearing on this bill today. Surprising there is nothing on the site about it.
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 2:08:58 PM EDT
Bob Crook has been too busy to update it . He did send out an e-mail alert last week about it.

Bob is spending his time IN the legislative office building lobbying legislators and often sends out e-mails in the middle of the night when he has a chance to.
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 4:08:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/23/2006 4:10:20 PM EDT by StinkFoot]
I gave the Govenor's office at call at lunch today to voice my opposition.

But ...

On 2-14-2006 she said "Reporting lost and stolen guns may be a benefit, it's something that we should do, but, if we're having guns that are coming into the state and are not necessarily listed as lost or stolen, it doesn't help our cause," says Gov. Jodi Rell, (R) Connecticut.

Just recently she said the proposal has her full support "They believe this will close the loophole, then I'm going to try it." (From WTNH).

Everyone needs to call.

The whole bill sucks, but one of the parts that no one has mentioned is this : ... such person shall store or keep such firearm in such a manner as to ensure that there is not a substantial and unjustifiable risk that such firearm will be stolen or otherwise come into the possession of another person without authorization. What do they consider proper storage? If your firearm is stolen, does this open you to additional liability?
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 4:11:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By steveinct:
Bob Crook has been too busy to update it . He did send out an e-mail alert last week about it.

Bob is spending his time IN the legislative office building lobbying legislators and often sends out e-mails in the middle of the night when he has a chance to.


I've spoken with Bob numerous times. He is a very busy man.
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 5:43:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/24/2006 12:16:28 PM EDT by steveinct]
Rell is a total "RINO" : she will give the appearance of not doing anything "unreasonable" to gun owners,
yet she parroted Mike Lawlor's comments to the letter almost immediately after I heard him say the same thing.

Rell wants to come off like this "auntie goodie gum drops" type who doesn't want to piss off the pros or the antis; yet she will support a POS bill like this one.

She needs to understand that we will NOT support her for re-election if she continues this. She may look good for approval ratings, but remember, this is a BLUE state not a RED state. The Republicans are a minority in both houses here and the only reason her predecessor John Rowland won, in 1994 is because EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE hated Lowell Weicker and Curry beat Larson in a Dem. primary splitting the dems down the middle allowing Rowland (and Rell) in by a narrow plurality.

She NEEDS our support to pull this one off and we need to send that message. That means she has to stop playing patty cake with the likes of Lawlor, Jepsen, Sullivan and Dr. Bradley and his "Brady Bunch"
buddies.

Goblin is right : just HOW does one determine what is secure? Where is the definition of it in the statute? (just like what makes an "AK 47 type a TYPE?)

HOW does one ENFORCE what is stolen or not? What about all the tens of thousands of long guns that are traded and swapped among owners? What about all the handguns that are 50 years old or more in closets and dresser drawers and foot lockers all over the place?

It's obvious this is just a way to screw gun owners



If your car is stolen and the car thieves kill someone with it, like what happened in Waterbury a couple of months ago - - is the owner LIABLE? If a kitchen knife is stolen from your house and someone gets stabbed with it a year later..... and they find your DNA on it.... are you LIABLE?
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 5:08:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/25/2006 5:08:45 AM EDT by StinkFoot]
From NRA-ILA Grassroots Alert Vol. 13, No. 12 03/24/06 email alert ...

CONNECTICUT
The "Gun Trafficker Protection Act" is back and should now be dubbed the "Gun Trafficker Protection and Law-Abiding Gun Owner Catch 22 Act." Last year's legislation sought to make criminals out of burglary victims by making it a crime to fail to report a gun theft to police within 72 hours. This year's bill, HB 5818, still makes it a crime to fail to report the loss or theft of a firearm within 72 hours of when the owner "knew or should have known" of the theft. In addition, the bill now includes language that would subject gun owners to criminal investigation and jeopardy of prosecution if they report the theft because a court will now be given the ability to decide whether the firearm was stored in such a manner that provided "substantial and unjustifiable risk" that it would be stolen. Even worse, if the police recover the firearm before the gun owner has discovered and reported it missing, it will be considered automatic evidence of guilt of violation of this proposed law, as well as guilt of an illegal transfer. Conviction for an "illegal transfer," which is a felony, would permanently end your right to own a firearm! HB 5818 must be stopped! Call your lawmakers TODAY at (860) 240-0500, and strongly urge them to OPPOSE HB 5818! Also, please contact Governor Jodi Rell (R) in the greater Hartford area at (860) 566-4840, or toll free at (800) 406-1527, to voice your strong opposition to this bill. Governor Rell, who supports this legislation, should consider saving all the money that the state would spend investigating and prosecuting law-abiding gun owners and use it to fund the state's now defunct Anti-Trafficking Task Force, which was dedicated to catching real criminals. This is just further proof that Governor Rell, her Department of Public Safety, and the anti-gun crowd aren't serious about crime-fighting at all--they just want to attack legal gun ownership.


This is really, really bad.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 6:44:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/25/2006 7:00:20 AM EDT by Wobblin-Goblin]
Anyway you slice it, this bill is worse than our CT AWB.

This is EXACTLY the same as arresting a woman after she gets raped for being an accessory to the rape...because she was wearing a mini skirt.

This is lawmaking at its VERY WORST.

ETA: In other words, CT is attempting to criminalize the act of being a victim of theft. Imagine coming home one night, finding your house was broken into, a gun was missing, and then realizing you are an instant felon in the eyes of the law.

Fellas, this is so bad we desperately need to get off our asses for this.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 8:17:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/25/2006 8:18:00 AM EDT by steveinct]
I know of one case in Milford, where a store owner was away on vacation, the police responded to a break in alarm and recovered his gun and didn't want to give it back after he returned.

Would the store owner be a felon in this case? How does the law define "securing" the firearm?
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 8:41:53 AM EDT
I just got off the phone with Robert Crook (Coalition of CT Sportsmen). He agrees that this bill is worse than the 1993 so-called (CT) AWB. According to him, the bill has atleast one, maybe two portions that will be a tough sell even in this legislature. The most onerous is the "prima facie" portion where a victim of theft is automatically assumed to be guilty of a felony (straw purchase/illegal transfer). He says CT Coalition of Sportsmen is indeed watching this bill closely and is gearing up for a fight.

I offered my assistance as all of you should, too. Guys, this bill is really, really bad.

Thanks to Steve for notifying us about this.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 1:54:08 PM EDT
"Guilty until Proven Innocent"? Doesn't that ring completely contrary to any principle of Law under this nation's Constitution?

What happened to "innocent until proven guilty"?

Well what would you expect, with communist manipulation artists like Lawlor, Sullivan, et. al with Rell eating out of their hands without giving a second thought to this bill
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 2:01:32 PM EDT
NRA-ILA Grassroots Alert Vol. 13, No. 12 03/24/06

CONNECTICUT
The "Gun Trafficker Protection Act" is back and should now be dubbed the "Gun Trafficker Protection and Law-Abiding Gun Owner Catch 22 Act." Last year's legislation sought to make criminals out of burglary victims by making it a crime to fail to report a gun theft to police within 72 hours. This year's bill, HB 5818, still makes it a crime to fail to report the loss or theft of a firearm within 72 hours of when the owner "knew or should have known" of the theft. In addition, the bill now includes language that would subject gun owners to criminal investigation and jeopardy of prosecution if they report the theft because a court will now be given the ability to decide whether the firearm was stored in such a manner that provided "substantial and unjustifiable risk" that it would be stolen. Even worse, if the police recover the firearm before the gun owner has discovered and reported it missing, it will be considered automatic evidence of guilt of violation of this proposed law, as well as guilt of an illegal transfer. Conviction for an "illegal transfer," which is a felony, would permanently end your right to own a firearm! HB 5818 must be stopped! Call your lawmakers TODAY at (860) 240-0500, and strongly urge them to OPPOSE HB 5818! Also, please contact Governor Jodi Rell (R) in the greater Hartford area at (860) 566-4840, or toll free at (800) 406-1527, to voice your strong opposition to this bill. Governor Rell, who supports this legislation, should consider saving all the money that the state would spend investigating and prosecuting law-abiding gun owners and use it to fund the state's now defunct Anti-Trafficking Task Force, which was dedicated to catching real criminals. This is just further proof that Governor Rell, her Department of Public Safety, and the anti-gun crowd aren't serious about crime-fighting at all--they just want to attack ! legal gun ownership.

If your don't know who your State legislators are: Go to the CCS website www.ctsportsmen.com under "Legislation" then How to Find Your Legislators: http://www.cga.ct.gov/maps/townlist.asp
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 2:02:26 PM EDT
Mods...can you please sticky this thread while the bill can be voted on?

Thank you
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 2:12:52 PM EDT
Leave it to leftist liberals to criminalize the act of being a victim of someone else's crime.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 3:59:20 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 3/26/2006 3:54:00 AM EDT
My letter to Gov. Rell


Dear Governor Rell:

I am writing to express my vehement opposition to the
"Lost & Stolen" firearms bill proposed by the
Judiciary Committee.

While at face value, one may easily conclude this
legislation appears "reasonable", it contains language
that is both vague and dangerously contrary to the
principle of law under the Constitution.

Specifically, the lack of definition of what
constitutes "secured" firearms and the alarming notion
that a citizen would be considered automatically
"guilty" of a felony if police recovered a firearm
once owned by that citizen conjurs images of life in
police states of the former Eastern European Soviet
bloc.

No exaggeration is intended there. That is plainly how
glaringly contrary this bill is to both the State and
US Constitution. It's author should be ashamed and
removed from any legislative drafting responsibilties.

With the many tens of thousands of legally owned and
legally transferred firearms in the state, some with
de facto SP-3 registration and some not as permitted
under circumstances in existing state law, this bill
is also unenforceable to any practical extent.

I firmly believe this bill represents a deliberate
attempt by its author(s) to make criminals out of law
abiding gun owners, while simultaneously failing to
support measures to enforce existing laws and funding
for proven anti crime solutions such as the stolen gun
and gang task forces which have the support of all
citizens and those citizens who comprise our community
of law abiding gun owners.


Link Posted: 3/26/2006 11:50:25 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 3/26/2006 11:52:08 AM EDT
Gov. Rell: 1-800-406-1527
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 5:06:43 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 4/3/2006 6:01:12 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 4/3/2006 6:19:27 AM EDT
A suggestion:

Fighting fire with fire, I propose enlisting the aid of every supportive female of voting age to contact the Governor and their State Reps and Senators.

Male voices and concerns carry little weight in this state, that's a reality. The anti-gun Libs have enlisted the aid of every female/family org they could find to push for this bill, and Gov. Rell's favorite quip is to "make the state safe for children".

Perhaps a chorus of opposing females will give these people pause.

Ladies, let the Gov and your reps know you do not appreciate your law-abiding husbands/fathers/brothers/uncles/SOs/selves becoming felons under such a law.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 2:59:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/3/2006 3:00:27 PM EDT by StinkFoot]

Originally Posted By JoeInCT:
A suggestion:

Fighting fire with fire, I propose enlisting the aid of every supportive female of voting age to contact the Governor and their State Reps and Senators.

Male voices and concerns carry little weight in this state, that's a reality. The anti-gun Libs have enlisted the aid of every female/family org they could find to push for this bill, and Gov. Rell's favorite quip is to "make the state safe for children".

Perhaps a chorus of opposing females will give these people pause.

Ladies, let the Gov and your reps know you do not appreciate your law-abiding husbands/fathers/brothers/uncles/SOs/selves becoming felons under such a law.



Having wifes, mother, sisters, daughters, etc. calling is a great idea! I asked my wife to call last week and she said, "Write down what you want me to say, and I will the Governor." So I did just that.

Here is what I wrote down for her ... short and to the point.


Call Governor Rell’s Office: 1-800-406-1527.

“ Hi. I would like to leave a message for Governor Rell.”

At this point you may be asked for your name and town of residence.

“I just wanted to let the Governor know I am opposed to the bill, H.B. 5818, AN ACT CONCERNING
LOST OR STOLEN FIREARMS."

"Thank you."



So she called the Governor's office last week and it only took her a minute.

If you have been reading these threads and haven't called yet, tomorrow at lunch take 60 seconds and call 1-800-406-1527. say "Hi. I would like to leave a message for Governor Rell. I just wanted to let the Governor know I am opposed to the bill, H.B. 5818, AN ACT CONCERNING LOST OR STOLEN FIREARMS. Thank you." It's that simple.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 4:05:35 AM EDT
Keep up the pressure, the calls are working...

I called again yesterday to oppose the revisions in 5818 that remove the word HANDGUN and insert the word FIREARM.

Before I could get my name and position on the bill out, the woman who answered the phone said: "We've been getting a lot of calls on this .... and you are opposed to it, right?"

This is GOOD!

It means they know its unpopular

Keep calling.... 1-800-406-1527 Get your pro gun friends, relatives and coworkers to call

It takes less than one minute . All you have to say is My name is____________ I live in ________
and I OPPOSE HB 5818. Thank you.
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 5:49:16 AM EDT
bump again to keep in active topics.
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