I have taken the liberty to underline and make bold certain text in this documentthat I find interesting.
AS TAKEN FROM THE DOCUMENT RECENTLY RECEIVED
Summary of Proposal (Include background information)
This new law would require that a pistol or revolver be carried concealed. With certain exceptions for peace officer, parole officers, corrections officers of this state and other states while engaged in official duties as well as federal marshals, agents, armed forces and licensed armed security guards in pursuit of their duties. Also included are the penalties for violations of this act.
Reason for Proposal (Include significant policy and programmatic impacts)
Connecticutâ€™s firearms carry laws are vague in language as it pertains to carrying a pistol or revolver concealed. Recently, citizens have taken it upon themselves to test our statutes by carrying openly. In doing so, several arrests have been made under the Breach of Peace statues C.G.S. 53a-181, with those dispositions ending in nolleâ€™s or dismissal, proving that these laws are inadequate in their detail. It is clear that there is a necessity for a concealed firearm law with more detail or, consequently, Connecticut may end up being a state where they carry exposed at all times as decided by case law.
Significant Fiscal Impacts
State: Penalties would increase the general fund.
(NEW) CARRYING A PISTOL OR REVOLVER CONCEALED. Exceptions. Definitions. Penalties.
(a) Any person carrying a pistol or revolver, pursuant to the provision of section 29-35, shall conceal such pistol or revolver.
(b) The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to the carrying of any pistol or revolver by any parole officer or peace officer or a uniformed corrections officer of this state, or parole officer or peace officer of any other state while engaged in the pursuit of official duties, or federal marshal or federal law enforcement agent, or to any member of the armed forces of the United States, as defined by section 27-103, or of this state, as defined by section 27-2, when on duty or going to or from duty, or a uniformed armed security officer licensed to carry a pistol or revolver while engaged in the performance of their official duties.
(c) Concealed pistol or revolver means a firearm, that is a pistol or revolver that is covered or enclosed in any manner that an observer cannot determine that it is a handgun without removing it from that which covers or encloses it or without opening, lifting, or removing that which covers or encloses it. However, concealed handgun does not include a shotgun or rifle.
(d) Any person who violates any provision of subsection (a) of this section shall: (1) for conviction of a first offense, be fined not less than five hundred dollars or more than two thousand dollars, and (b) be imprisoned not more than one year; and (2) for a subsequent conviction of this offense (a) be fined not less than two thousand dollars or more than five thousand dollars, and (b) be imprisoned not more than five years.
The Department of Public Safety knows that open carry is currently NOT prohibited in CT.
The Department of Public Safety knows that there are PENDING CIVIL CASES that will clairify the existing statute and permit OPEN CARRY without fear of arrest or revocation.
The department of Public Safety will attempt to sell this new statute on the belief that it will raise additional revenue for the general fund by imposing significant fines on those that open carry while exercising a state and federal Constitutional Right.
The state has known and currently knows that using criminal chargesinsituationsof OPEN CARRY is not correct and has resulted inNOLLES and the DISMISSALof charges.
DPS now wants to make the second OPEN CARRY offense a FELONY, which would prohibit any possession of a firearm.
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