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On January 27, the Connecticut General Assembly's Public Safety Committee voted to hold hearings on SB 714, a measure that would ban the future sale of .50 caliber rifles and would require individuals who currently own this type of firearm to obtain a permit in order to legally possess them. Several years ago, Connecticut lawmakers passed legislation prohibiting the sale and importation of .50 caliber "armor piercing" or incendiary ammunition, and it's clear that this is just another attempt by the gun-grabbers to ban one more type of firearm. Other gun bills to be heard by the committee, although seemingly positive for gun owners, stand a very good chance of being gutted and used as anti-gun vehicles, should they come out of the Public Safety Committee. It is critical that no firearm bills be approved by the Public Safety Committee because they all have the potential to become the latest law on the books diminishing the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Please contact members of the Public Safety Committee and urge them to oppose all gun bills being heard by the Public Safety Committee. For a list of committee members and their phone numbers, please contact NRA-ILA's Grassroots Division at (800) 392-8683.
 

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The Public Safety Committee is a week closer to its reporting deadline for bills pending before it, so it is essential that members continue to contact members of that committee and urge them to oppose SB 1133, the State Police omnibus anti-gun bill, SB 714, the ban on .50 calibers and ALL other gun bills currently under consideration in that committee. We also encourage you to contact members of Connecticut's Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus and ask them to oppose these measures. For a list of caucus or committee members and their phone numbers, please contact NRA-ILA's Grassroots Division at (800) 392-8683.
 

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The deadline for the Public Safety Committee to act on bills currently under consideration is quickly approaching. It is essential that members continue to contact members of that committee and urge them to oppose SB 1133, the State Police omnibus anti-gun bill, SB 714, the ban on .50 calibers and ALL other gun bills currently under consideration in that committee. We also encourage you to contact members of Connecticut's Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus and ask them to oppose these measures. For a list of caucus or committee members and their phone numbers, please contact NRA ILA's Grassroots Division.
 

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HB 6657 was referred to the Public Safety Committee and could be considered as early as next week. HB 6657 seeks to make criminals out of crime victims by imposing a misdemeanor charge for the failure to report a stolen firearm. The measure would also further diminish the ability of licensed firearm dealers to hold gun shows, creates new restrictions on who may sell firearms, and allows cities to shut down legal gun stores. After years of working to erode the rights of Connecticut's law-abiding gun owners, "Connecticut Against Gun Violence" is surprised to find themselves in the position of actually having to fight to get what they want, so they are pulling out all the stops. Your phone calls to lawmakers have been making a difference, so keep it up! Please contact your State Representatives today and urge them to oppose HB 6657.
 

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Failing to garner the support to get HB 6657, "The Gun Traffickers Protection Act," beyond the Public Safety Committee, proponents of the bill have resorted to pushing for the proposal as an amendment to another bill. While the anti-gunners claim that the measure, which would make the failure to report a lost or stolen firearm within 72 hours a crime, would help law enforcement, it will do just the opposite. It will actually make life easier for criminals--allowing them to cover up a "straw purchase" by filing a false police report. The only people who have anything to lose are law-abiding citizens, who could face prosecution if they fail to make the report because they did not know of the loss or theft, and are not able to prove it. This is not about public safety. Instead, it is about the anti-gun crowd's need to score another victory at the expense of gun owners. Please call your lawmakers TODAY and urge them to oppose any amendment containing the "Gun Traffickers Protection Act" language.
 

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SB 1195, which now contains the "Gun Traffickers Protection Act" language, is headed to the House Floor for consideration. This bill would make the failure to report a lost or stolen firearm within 72 hours a crime. Please call your State Representative today and urge him/her to oppose SB 1195, the "Gun Traffickers Protection Act."
 

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The legislative session came to a dramatic close on Wednesday as House members considered a gun-related bill as the final measure of the year. SB 1133, which NRA had fiercely opposed since its introduction, would have made a felon out of anyone who had been denied a permit or certificate of eligibility and still possessed long guns. The bill was amended in the Senate on the previous evening, and all language objected to by NRA was stripped, leaving a bill that will do no more than facilitate communication between the state's departments of Mental Health and Public Safety regarding the NICS system. The bill, which was called at 11:57 p.m., in an effort to ensure that those attempting anti-gun amendments would not have time, passed on a vote of 113 to 34 at 12: 01 a.m. Also, due to work from House members on both sides of the aisle, SB 1195, which would have made it a crime to fail to report the loss or theft of a firearm within 72 hours, failed to come to the floor for consideration. "The Gun Traffickers Protection Act" would have put law-abiding gun owners at great risk by forcing them to prove when they "knew or should have known" their firearms were missing and offered legal cover to criminals intent on illegally dealing or transferring guns. The proponents of this measure have promised they will be back with this measure next year. Also defeated this year were efforts to put local gun stores out of business, ban .50 caliber firearms, universal registration for long guns, and a ban on private transfer of long guns. These successes were due to the work of NRA members, the team work of NRA, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, and many legislators, including Representatives Len Greene (R-105), Kevin DelGobbo (R-70), Steven Mikutel (D-45), Antonio Guerrera (D-29), Peter Panaroni (D-102), and Jack Stone (R-134), and Senators Anthony Guglielmo (R-35), Lou DeLuca (R-32), and John Kissel (R-7). If you live in any of these districts, please be sure to call these legislators and thank them for their work to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
 
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