Resources for understanding the new CT gun laws

We have had A LOT of changes this session.  Below is a bunch of information to get you started.  Keep in mind, I believe if you own a gun, you should also have an attorney.  The couple hundred bucks you pay up front can save you tens of thousands down the road.

The big bill that passed is S.B. 1160 now Public Act 13-3.

Our state legislature has an “Office of Legislative Research” (OLR) which breaks the law down here.  Mind you, this is a rough idea and you should still discuss with your attorney.

Because it was loaded with mistakes, they decided to fix it with more mistakes.  This is the amendment that was passed to fix some portions of the new law.  Many provisions of the new law took effect upon signage, others take effect at various months up to January 1st, 2014.

There is an OLR report that breaks this amendment down here as well.

My suggestion would be to read the OLR summaries first.  They will give you a general idea of what was in the actual bill and the amendments that passed.  Then, look up what applies to you (though I suggest giving it a full reading at least once).  I may suggest, one sitting for this is a bit much.  Pace yourself.  Make a list of all the questions you may have, then find yourself an attorney who can answer these questions for you.

As a bonus, since this is one of the biggest topics since passage.  Assault weapons ban (AWB) does exist and was added to here in CT.  In fact, the term “assault weapon” is a misnomer.  The majority of these firearms are semi-automatic rifles.  Technology that is over 100 years old.  The legislature, essentially, banned many firearms simply because they were black and look scary (to them).  They also made it much more difficult for people with disabilities to shoot various rifles as many of these had adjustable features.  Here is a link to a summary of the AWB portion of the law.

Republicans in CT that voted against your rights

The following is some work I did today regarding how our CT Republicans voted AGAINST their constituency by voting away your firearms rights.

Let’s remind them of this when the primaries come around and we get rid of them and support their successor!

Source data:  Project Vote Smart

Senate Republicans:

District Name
21 Sen.  Kevin  C.  Kelly  
24 Sen.  Michael  A.  McLachlan  
26 Sen.  Antonietta  ‘Toni’  Boucher  
28 Sen.  John  P.  McKinney  
34 Sen.  Leonard  A.  ‘Len’  Fasano  
36 Sen.  L. Scott  Frantz  

House Republicans:

District Name
14 Rep.  Bill  Aman  
31 Rep.  Prasad  Srinivasan  
32 Rep.  Christie  Carpino  
69 Rep.  Arthur  J.  O’Neill  
87 Rep.  Dave  Yaccarino  
101 Rep.  Noreen  S.  Kokoruda  
106 Rep.  Mitch  Bolinsky  
108 Rep.  Richard  A.  Smith  
111 Rep.  John  H.  Frey  
112 Rep.  Debra Lee  Hovey  
114 Rep.  Themis  Klarides  
125 Rep.  Tom  O’Dea  
132 Rep.  Brenda  L.  Kupchick  
134 Rep.  Tony  Hwang  
135 Rep.  John  T.  Shaban  
141 Rep.  Terrie  E.  Wood  
142 Rep.  Lawrence  F.  Cafero  Jr.
143 Rep.  Gail  Lavielle  
149 Rep.  Livvy  R.  Floren  
150 Rep.  Stephen  G.  Walko 

Markley, Adinolfi and Sampson invite you to a meeting to understand new gun laws

Senator Markley and Representatives Adinolfi and Sampson invite you to a town meeting this coming Monday to discuss the new gun laws.

Monday • April 29, 2013
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Municipal Center Public Assembly Room
200 North Main Street • Southington, CT