What if that person carrying gun is outside a daycare center?

“What if that person carrying a firearm is outside a daycare? What do I tell the parents who have to come pick up their kids?” –  Police Chief Paul Melanson, Farmington, CT

A public hearing will take place Wednesday, March 15 in Hartford for two gun bills being considered by the Judiciary Committee. One will improve gun safety in Connecticut, the other will not. We must let Judiciary Committee members know where we stand by showing up and making our voices heard.

Whether you testify or just come to show citizen support, your presence is extremely important to get H.B. 6200, open carry permit display, voted favorably out of Committee and to block the concealed carry reciprocity bill, making it die in Committee. Click here to complete this brief form to let us know you will attend the hearing and make sure you get all the details you need.

There are several ways you can support our gun-sense agenda:

  • Attend the public hearing at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on March 15, beginning at 10am. We’re also planning an exciting visibility event beforehand to get media attention.
  • Contact your local chief of police to ask him/her to sign our letter in support of H.B. 6200. A large number of signatures will make a strong statement to the Committee.

Your presence sends a message to the Committee that the public cares and is paying attention. It can be the deciding factor influencing Committee members to vote for (or against) the bills. Legislators are less likely to expend political capital when the public isn’t behind the bill. The NRA is already activating its Connecticut base; you can be sure they will turn out in force.

 

Testimony will be taken on two gun bills at the public hearing on March 15

CAGV SUPPORTS H.B. 6200, Presentation of a Carry Permit. When an individual is openly carrying a gun in public, he should be required to show the permit on request of a police officer.

But current statute only allows law enforcement to request to see the permit if there is  “reasonable suspicion of a crime,” even though the individual is required to have the permit on his person. The bill would require a person open carrying a handgun in public to produce their CT permit when requested by law enforcement so the officer can confirm that the person is legally allowed to carry and not a threat to public safety or the officers themselves.

When police respond to reports of a person with a gun they can’t assume the individual is simply “exercising his rights.” They must consider the individual a potential threat until they can assess the situation. Their duty to protect the public is compromised when they don’t have the authority to quickly and easily determine whether the individual is legally allowed to carry a firearm in public.

The proposed bill gives law enforcement the authority they need to assure public safety and diffuse situations that the general public finds threatening, while respecting the Second Amendment rights of gun owners.

CAGV OPPOSES the bill, Permit & Certificate to Carry a Firearm Reciprocity, that would allow holders of other states’ permits “with similar standards” to conceal carry weapons in Connecticut. The standards have not been specified; we cannot risk allowing gun owners to come in from states where we have no oversight of gun permitting. Very important, without national standards for gun permits and 24/7 access to out-of-state permit information, law enforcement would have no way to verify whether the permit was valid and whether the gun owner is carrying legally.

URGENT ACTION: We must tell legislators where we stand on gun bills

Two gun bills are under active consideration by the Judiciary Committee of the state legislature.  One will improve gun safety in Connecticut, the other assuredly will not. We must let Judiciary Committee members know where we stand.
The NRA has already activated its base. Committee members must hear from our side.
Please take a moment to contact legislators with the message below. Click here now to email the message below to every member of the Judiciary Committee. Although not essential, modifying the message to make it your own has greater impact.


Subject: Here’s where I stand on HB6200 and Reciprocity raised gun bills

Dear Members of the Judiciary Committee:

I am writing to urge you to:

SUPPORT HB 6200, AAC Presentation of a Carry Permit.  When individuals are openly carrying guns in public, they should be required to show their permits upon request of a police officer. Current law requires private citizens armed in public to carry their handgun permit on their person. It is only common sense that a person open carrying should be required to produce the permit to confirm they are lawfully carrying, and not a threat to public safety or the officers themselves.

OPPOSE the bill, AAC Permit & Certificate to Carry a Firearm Reciprocity, that would allow holders of other states’ permits to conceal carry in Connecticut. Most states do not have the strict safety standards for carrying guns in public that we have in Connecticut. It makes little sense to have our own strict standards, but not require gun owners from out of state to meet the same requirements. Also, without national standards for gun permits and 24/7 access to out-of-state permit information, law enforcement would have no way to verify whether the permit was valid and whether the gun owner is carrying legally.

Senate passes SJ Res 14

The U.S. Senate passed today Senate Joint Resolution 14, a top priority on the expanding NRA agenda,  which nullifies the rule that would  allow the Social Security Administration  to provide to the National Instant Criminal History Background Check System (NICS) the name of  individuals who are determined to be mentally incapable of managing their own affairs and thereby prohibiting the sale or transfer of firearms to those persons.

The vote was 57-43. All Republicans, four Democrats (Tester, Heitkamp, Donnelly, Manchin) and one Independent, King, voted to prohibit the Social Security Administration from making notification to NICS.

The House had already voted to nullify the rule and the President is of course expected to sign it.