Ask your state legislators to Vote “YES” to Ban Bump Stocks and Regulate Ghost Guns

Use our web contact form below to email your State Senator and Representative today!

What is being proposed?

1) H.B. 5540, An Act Concerning Ghost Guns and the Permit Application Process, will ban guns without serial numbers and regulate those sold as “do it yourself” (DIY) kits known as “ghost guns.”

2) H.B. 5542, An Act Concerning Bump Stocks and Other Means of Enhancing the Rate of Fire of a Firearm, will ban the sale or transfer, possession, manufacturing or use of bump stocks or other accessories to increase the rate of fire of a firearm.

Here’s what you need to know about H.B. 5540, to regulate ghost guns:

What are ghost guns? The “lower receiver” is the essential part of a gun used  to define what is considered a “firearm.” However, manufacturers have evaded state and federal gun laws by marketing unfinished lower receivers that are available online as kits with instructions on how to make guns, including assault weapons, at home.

Ghost guns a threat to public safety  because they contain no serial numbers, are untraceable and require no background check to purchase. Homemade assault weapons have been used in mass shootings by individuals prohibited from possessing firearms. About ghost guns, the U.S. Government Accountability Office reports “an emerging reliance by criminal organizations on this source of weapons.”

Here’s what you need to know about H.B. 5542, to ban bump stocks:

What are bump stocks? Bump stocks, trigger cranks and similar devices dramatically increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic firearms to rates similar to those of machine guns.

Bump stocks a threat to public safety because in practical terms they allow assault weapons to operate as machine guns. The Las Vegas shooter used bump stocks to fire more than 1,100 rounds in just 10 minutes, killing 58 and injuring more than 500 in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

What should I do?

Use the contact form below to email your State Senator and Representative asking them to vote yes for H.B. 5540 and H.B. 5542. You have the greatest impact when you use your own words, using the talking points below.



CAGV CALLS For Ban of Bumpstocks NOW

CAGV Expresses Surprise that Public Safety Committee Refuses
to Hold Vote on Governor’s Bill to Ban Bump Stocks

FAIRFIELD, CT – Jeremy Stein, Executive Director of CT Against Gun Violence, Inc. released the following statement today in reaction to the Public Safety Committee’s refusal to vote on Governor Malloy’s  “Rate of Fire Enhancements” bill, S.B. 18.

“We were in full support of the Governor’s bill that would ban bump stocks, binary trigger systems, trigger cranks and other devices used to dramatically increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic firearms to rates similar to those of machine guns. It is alarming, in the wake of tragedies such as Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs and Parkland that the Public Safety Committee would not even vote on the measure. It is clear that the people of Connecticut, and the rest of the country, do not want bump stocks in our society. Four states now ban bump stocks: California, Massachusetts, New Jersey and most recently Washington State. Other states are considering bans and President Trump has agreed that bump stocks should be banned. We can do better. We should do better.”

The Las Vegas shooter used bump stocks to fire more than 1,100 rounds in just 10 minutes, killing 58 and injuring more than 500 concertgoers in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Devices that increase the rate of fire such as bump stocks and trigger cranks have been responsible for at least 2 mass shootings in the U.S.

According to an October, 2017 poll by Quinnipiac University, three-quarters of voters nationwide support a ban on bump stocks, including 62% of Republicans, 82% of Democrats, 76% of Independents, and 67% of households with guns.

“Our legislators will have a second chance to do the right and sensible thing” Stein said. “A similar bill in the Judiciary Committee, H.B. 5542, which also bans bump stocks, is scheduled for a public hearing on March 23 in Hartford. We encourage citizens to come forward to have their voices heard, to tell our legislators that it is their responsibility to ensure the safety of our families and children. Connecticut should continue to lead the way on common-sense gun laws that save lives, and be the change the country wants to see.”

CT Public Hearing on Gun Laws

Gun rights advocates will be present in force. We must show lawmakers that the outrage following Parkland translates to legislative advocacy.

The public hearing for H.B. 5540, to regulate ghost guns, and H.B. 5542, to ban bump stocks, is scheduled for 11am, Friday, March 23 in Hartford at the Legislative Office Building at 300 Capitol Avenue.

There are three ways you can participate in the public hearing:
1. Attend in person as an observer
2. Submit written testimony (with or without attending in person)
3. Testify in person at the hearing

The Judiciary Committee is now accepting written testimony, which is covered in our CAGV Public Hearing and Testimony Guide.

Please click the link below to let us know which of the above you can do, and to download our guide. It gives you everything you need to know about attending the hearing and submitting written or in-person testimony.

Thank you for all you’re doing to keep CT safe from gun violence,

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdxlM_AsYF38Uv2dQhruqRWf8jLMsc_bhaBfDONDz5gwZjJCw/viewform