1952 - 2006
BILL COULD LEAD TO CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS FOR GUN OWNERS. . . A bill being considered by Connecticut lawmakers would make it a crime to fail to report the loss or theft of a firearm within 72 hours. The bill – HB 5818 – could be voted on by the state Public Safety and Security Committee as early as Tuesday. A similar bill failed last year. This year's version, reports the NRA-ILA, "includes language that would subject gun owners to criminal investigation and jeopardy of prosecution even if they report the theft because a court will now be given the ability to decide whether the firearm was stored in such a manner that provided “substantial and unjustifiable risk” that it would be stolen. Even worse, if the police recover the firearm before the gun owner has discovered it missing and made the report, it will be considered automatic evidence of guilt of violation of this proposed law, as well as guilt of an illegal transfer."