Please contact your State Representative and State Senator, and ask them to oppose the following bills:
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OPPOSE: S.B. 60 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT
This is a ‘Stop & Identify’ bill, that requires permit holder to produce their permit any time a law enforcement officer says they see a handgun. Proponents of this bill say it is needed to verify the validity and identification of the permit holder.
Current law requires the permit holder to do so only if the officer also has reasonable suspicion of a crime. The bill removes “reasonable suspicion of a crime” from the current statues that only just passed back in 2015. Proponents say this bill is needed to help diffuse public alarm and unsettling situations when someone is seen exercising their right to carry a firearm in public.
OPPOSE: H.B. 7219 - AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS
This bill will prohibit anyone from completing the manufacture a firearm without obtaining and engraving a serial number from the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). It also prohibits the manufacturing of polymer guns that are not detectible by metal detectors, which is ALREADY banned by federal law.
The proponents say this will close a loophole that allows unregulated firearms from landing in the hands of dangerous people. But it is already illegal for felons to have firearms in the first place, and it is far more difficult and expensive the manufacture a new firearm than it is to simply grind the serial number off an existing gun, or just simply steal one. Gun control proponents are claiming that firearms not made in a factory pose a safety risk.
OPPOSE: H.B. 7223 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE STORAGE OF A PISTOL OR REVOLVER IN A MOTOR VEHICLE
This bill makes it a class D felony, to store or keep a handgun in an unattended motor vehicle if the firearm is not in a securely locked safe. Proponents are claiming this is a common-sense safety measure that would improve public safety and the security in our communities, by increasing the chances that if a burglar steals the handgun, they cannot access it.
They’re also saying this will send a clear message to gun owners: lock up your firearms when they are not in your immediate control. The problem here is criminals committing illegal car burglaries. The focus should be on criminals and justice reform, not blaming and prosecuting (with a felony) the victim of the crime. Please, take a moment of your time to email your state legislators and ask them to oppose these bills.