The anti-gun push is on in Hartford. This week, two proposals
very dangerous to gun owners were "raised" and could soon be
considered by the Joint Judiciary Committee.
Raised Bill No. 603 would require all ammunition sold in Connecticut
to be coded with an individual serial number (ammunition
serialization) and entered into a statewide database at the time of
sale. Encoded ammunition would be registered to the purchaser and
would include the date of transaction, the purchaser's name,
date of birth, driver's license number, and the serial number of
the ammunition. Not only would this measure cause enormous increases in the cost of ammunition, but it could lead to the establishment of a database of ammunition consumers and ultimately the cessation of the sale of ammunition in Connecticut.
If that weren't enough, this legislation actually exposes gun owners to risk of criminal prosecution without them even knowing it! There is no way for the ammunition consumer to be assured that the serial number imprinted on the box matches the serial number on the rounds inside. Even if the industry can or will produce this ammunition exclusively for Connecticut, the consumers will be required to register ammunition purchases and then blindly trust that the number etched on the "base of the bullet projectile" is
accurately represented on the box in which it is sold. Since the "base of the bullet projectile" is necessarily obscured by the cartridge case, it is impossible for the consumer to know if he or she has accurately "registered" their purchase.
Raised Bill No. 607 would seek to ban the sale of semi-automatic handguns not equipped with so-called "microstamping" technology. Microstamping is a failed technology that would require identifying marks to be etched into the firing pin and breech face of a firearm. The technology can easily be defeated with common household tools, has no public safety value, and adds substantially to the cost of the firearm.
Raised Bill No. 607 doesn't stop there! It would also outlaw the private sale or transfer of long guns. Please contact members of the Joint Judiciary Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to oppose Raised Bill No. 603 and Raised Bill No. 607! The committee members can be contacted by phone at (860) 240-0100.