Use our web contact form below to email your State Senator and Representative, urging them to vote yes on H.B. 5540 and H.B. 5542.
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 frame or “lower receiver” is the essential part of a gun used by federal law to define what is considered to be a “firearm.” However, manufacturers have evaded state and federal gun laws by marketing unfinished lower receivers that are easily available online as DIY kits with instructions on how to make guns, including assault weapons, at home.
Why are ghost guns a threat to public safety? Firearms made from these kits are known as “ghost guns” because they contain no serial numbers, are untraceable and require no background check to purchase. Homemade assault weapons have been used by individuals prohibited from possessing firearms in mass shootings and attacks on law enforcement around the country. About ghost guns, the U.S. Government Accountability Office reports “an emerging reliance by criminal organizations on this source of weapons.”
Why should we regulate ghost guns in Connecticut? Congress has no plan to ban or otherwise regulate ghost guns. According to the ATF ghost guns are legal as long as they are intended for personal use and not sold or given to others.
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.
Why are bump stocks a threat to public safety? In practical terms, bump stocks 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 concertgoers in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
Why should we ban bump stocks in Connecticut? In short, because it is unlikely that Congress will ban bump stocks at the federal level. The NRA gave its Congressional allies a way of avoiding an uncomfortable vote by pushing for regulation by the ATF rather than supporting a legislative ban. But the ATF has said it does not have the authority to regulate bump stocks. President Trump supports a ban, but his order to the Department of Justice to do so circumvents the rule-making process, setting it up for a likely legal challenge from the gun lobby.
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.