CT) - The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state's largest
gun rights organization) is opposed to some of the regulatory
recommendations from the Department of Emergency Services and Public
Protection that pertain to Olympic Competition Pistols. The firearms
in question fell under the State's definition of assault weapons when
amended language was passed under Public Act 13-3 and 13-220.
notes that there are just 10 days to enter public comments to try to
get DESPP to factor in their objections to the regulatory changes. (The editor regrets he was unable to publish this, sooner.)
from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
are two parts of the proposed language changes that would likely
impact would-be Olympic target shooters. First off, Sec. 53-202b-5(a)
6 is an unnecessary burden that creates another obstacle for an
Olympic hopeful to obtain these very expensive and calibrated pieces
of equipment. These types of guns are never used to commit violent
second more troubling issue with the language is Sec. 53-202b-5(a) 9.
This language essentially states that unless you are already
sanctioned by the Olympic Committee or some other national or
international committee, you cannot get the approval to possess one
of these firearms. How does one train to become an Olympic-level
competitor without access to the equipment needed in the first place?
It's a dreadful Catch 22".
is important to point out that these firearms would still be
regulated by all other state and federal law. We feel applying
“assault weapon” definitions to these extremely rare and
specialized types of firearms is pointless".
the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009
by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization
to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut.
Since their founding, the group has grown to over 25,000 members from
across the state.
Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL
has become a fixture at the state capitol, and well-recognized by
committees that see firearms related bills.
As the go-to
organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers
who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing
laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit: