Connecticut: Proposed Olympic Pistol Regulations

Navy Reserve Petty Officer 1st Class Sandra Uptagrafft
CCDL Seeks Action on Olympic Target Pistols
Connecticut Citizens Defense League
Connecticut Citizens Defense League

Groton, 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.

CCDL 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.

Statement from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“There 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 crimes”.

“The 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”.

Wilson also stated:

“It 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”.

About 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:

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Please keep those crazies there on the east side of the country if ya don’t mind. The folks west of the Mississippi for the most part don’t want and or need that group from breeding and coming west. If they must please put them in a old fashioned wooden wagon train to come west. Pretty sure they will have changed their outlook on most weapons ownership by the time they get ot Oregon and other points west.