While it appears that this bill is well intentioned, this bill actually adds further
restrictions to the permit process in Connecticut. Fingerprints are not required
to obtain a pistol permit and, at the local issuing authority's discretion, the
local issuing authority may use other forms of identification other than fingerprints
to identify applicants.
People who have issues with their fingerprints could be unfairly denied a pistol
permit under the changes proposed in this bill.
Number 4 on the list of requirements reads:
(4) two sets of fingerprints for purposes of section 29-29.
CGS 29-29 reads:
(b) The local authority shall take the fingerprints of such applicant or conduct
any other method of positive identification required by the State Police Bureau
of Identification or the Federal Bureau of Investigation, unless the local authority
determines that the fingerprints of such applicant have been previously taken and
the applicant's identity established, and such applicant presents identification
that the local authority verifies as valid. The local authority shall
record the date the fingerprints were taken in the applicant's file and, within
five business days of such date, shall forward such fingerprints or other positive
identifying information to the State Police Bureau of Identification
which shall conduct criminal history records checks in accordance with section 29-17a.
CGS 29-29 therefore is less restrictive than the proposed change. Currently, there
is no need for fingerprint cards to be submitted with permit applications.