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    Connecticut Carry - Announcement - Newtown Legislative Task Force Hearings

    Newtown Legislative Task Force Hearings
    The ‘Gun Violence Prevention Working Group’ is to have public hearings; we all need to be there

    Connecticut, January 22, 2013:
    January 28th at 10am in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, the ‘Gun Violence Prevention Working Group’ will hold a public hearing focused on ‘gun safety’ which is the new term for ‘gun control’. This could end up being the only chance to have your voice heard in a public hearing about the current gun control bills being proposed. We will fight to try and ensure that the legislators will not hide from our voices, but this hearing is going to be crucial to those efforts.

    It should go without saying that everyone should be planning to attend this hearing. All attendees should have with them 16 copies of written, typed testimony about their feelings on the proposed legislation in total. It is the choice of each attendee whether or not they want to speak to the committee or not. You will be asked whether or not you plan to speak when you submit your written testimony. If you do plan to speak, it is strongly suggested that you prepare what you wish to say ahead of time so you can be brief, clear and concise.

    If you are unable to attend for some reason, or you are going to be late, please make arrangements to submit your testimony anyway. You may do this with someone that you know is going (please make sure they get 16 copies) or you may submit an electronic copy to (put “Gun Violence group” in the subject line).

    While we understand that there are some people who may not be able to attend the hearing, there is no reason that you cannot submit testimony. You may also stop by and only submit written testimony if that is all that time allows.

    Please talk to like minded folks and try to get them to attend, or at least give you testimony to submit as well. If for every attendee there are 10 submissions of written testimony, we will really have an impact.

    Please appear dressed well but also dress in a comfortable manner. Business casual is preferred. Arrive early and be prepared to possibly be there well into the evening as it often takes a lot of time to hear from everyone. There is a cafeteria at the LOB which is where all eating, drinking and discussion should take place. Please be quiet, attentive and polite when you are in the hearing room. This includes silencing your cell phone. Take calls outside of the hearing room, please. Best behavior keeps this train rolling.

    If you want your voice to be heard, this hearing is critical.

    Other hearing dates that may be of interest, but we have little or no information to the relevance of:
    • Public hearing focusing on school safety on Jan. 25 at 9:30 a.m. at room 2C at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
    • Public hearing focusing on mental health issues on Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. at room 2C at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
    • Public hearing (topic is unknown at this time) on Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. at Newtown High School.

    • Information on how to prepare testimony:
    • Examples of past testimony:
    • The group’s website:

    Connecticut Carry is dedicated to advancing and protecting the fundamental civil rights of the men and women of Connecticut to keep and bear arms for defense of themselves and the state as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Connecticut.

    Richard Burgess
    Connecticut Carry, Inc
    Ph: 203-208-9577


    • Arrive prepared and with a plan
    • Make sure you understand the protocols and rules. If you don’t know, watch others that go before you or ask someone outside of the hearing room.
    • Coordinate with others before the hearing so that your testimony overlaps with other people as little as possible.
    • Get there early, stay late. Plan to be there all day and into the night.
    • Be clear and concise.
    • Tailor your speaking to who you are addressing. You will not be talking to gun owners or fellow advocates.
    • Spend time preparing and practicing what you will say.
    • Be as brief as possible. Effective communication is quick and simple.
    • Be ready to answer questions that might come up with regards to your testimony.
    • Tell the truth. If you don’t know something, do not lie. A simple “I am not sure, but I can find out and get back to you” is fine.
    • Say “thank you” when you are done.

    • Spend a lot of time describing yourself or your background. This is wasting time.
    • Read entirely off a lengthy statement if possible. Speaking is far more engaging if you try to speak conversationally and you look at the people being spoken to.
    • Waste time repeating topics or points that have already been made.
    • Get drawn into arguments, shouting matches or respond to anyone trying to get a reaction from you.
    • Interrupt anyone.
    • Say anything that can be considered threatening.
    Connecticut Carry is dedicated to advancing and protecting the fundamental civil rights of the men and women of Connecticut to keep and bear arms for self defense of themselves and the state as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Connecticut.

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    Another bit of info:

    This is your opportunity to make a statement, that's all it is for. If you have ? to ask the members of the committee, ask them before if you wish to address their viewpoints. I doubt that they will answer questions but you can ask them, just don't expect an answer so any ? ask them in a way in which a response would not be expected. is a list of the judiciary bills .. its a joint committee so both house and senate bills assigned to this committee should be there

    right now I see bills to limit magazines to 1 rd and 10 rd and a bill for outlawing ammo for folks who cannot own guns. and bill 161 - outlawing many rifles as shown below:

    That the general statutes be amended with respect to firearms, assault weapons and ammunition to: (1) Prohibit individuals from possessing certain ammunition feeding devices that accept more than ten rounds; (2) designate a semiautomatic rifle as an assault weapon under subparagraph (A) of subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of section 53-202a of the general statutes if such rifle has only one of the enumerated features set forth in said subparagraph, rather than two of such enumerated features as currently provided; (3) require a permit for any rifle with a pistol grip; (4) exempt from the provisions of subdivisions (1), (2) and (3) of this section firearms defined as curios or relics under 27 CFR 478.11 that are owned by a collector under subsections (c) and (d) of 27 CFR 478.41; (5) require a person to obtain a permit in order to purchase ammunition and prohibit the purchase of ammunition by any person who is not legally authorized to possess a firearm; (6) prohibit the purchase of ammunition through the Internet; (7) amend section 53a-217 and chapter 529 of the general statutes to prohibit the storage of any firearm, rather than only a loaded firearm as currently provided, and ammunition in a manner that allows access by a person under the age of eighteen, rather than a person under the age of sixteen as currently provided; and (8) require individuals to register all firearms with state law enforcement officials, and require biennial renewal of such registration. see referenced 53-202a here:

    Bills 122, 124 involve the mag limit ...

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