Prior Legislation

2009: Prohibiting Transfer of Machine Guns to Minors

  • The bill, SB 358, An Act Prohibiting the Transfer of Machine Gun to Minors, prohibits any transfer of a machine gun to children under 16 years of age, even temporarily, such as under supervision at a firing range. Violation caries a $1,000 fine, imprisonment for up to 10 years, or both.
  • The bill was occasioned by a tragedy in which an 8-year-old boy from Ashford, CT died after accidentally shooting himself while firing an Uzi sub-machine gun under adult supervision at a Massachusetts gun fair.

2007: Reporting Requirements for Lost/Stolen Firearms

  • Requires gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to police within 72 hours of discovery of the theft
  • Makes firearms trafficking a felony (antique guns and rifles and shotguns are exempt)

2001: Expansion of Assault Weapons Ban

  • Expands definition of assault weapons
  • Bans certain types of 50-caliber bullets
  • Requires persons under restraining orders to turn over guns within two days
  • Requires issuing authority to revoke permit for individuals subject to firearms seizure

1999: Firearm Safety Law

  • Allows police to confiscate all visible weapons during a domestic violence arrest and hold them for up to 48 hours
  • Requires individuals who sell guns at retail to take a safety and use course and to undergo a background check
  • Allows police to confiscate guns from individuals who are dangerous but have committed no crime
  • Allows for civil liability when minors commit crimes with guns

1998: Checks, Locks, and Traces

  • Requires a FBI background fingerprint check
  • Requires reusable trigger locks on all sales
  • Requires all guns found at a crime scene to be traced

1994: Limits Established on Who Can Own Handguns

  • Requires background check, including checks on secondary sales
  • Requires safety and use course
  • Prohibits ownership of handguns for: felony conviction, violent misdemeanor conviction, protective/restraining order, involuntarily commitment to a mental institution, illegal alien

1993: Ban on the Sale of Assault Weapons

  • Law defined assault weapons
  • Listed 67 semiautomatic firearms which were illegal to sell, transfer or possess
  • Also banned someone from using a combination of parts to convert a firearm into an assault weapon.

1991: Guns and Kids

  • Requires trigger locks at retail. Guns must be stored and locked
  • Criminal liability for adult if his/her child commits a crime with a gun

1990: Gun Storage Law

  • Requires a two-week waiting period before the purchase of a handgun