From The Honorable John
Shaban, R-135th: on TV - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7Sy-LenmvQ&feature=youtu.be&list=PLC3BC5ECD69F44EF6
If you have questions or concerns about how the Federal Affordable Care
Act (Obamacare) & CT Healthcare Exchange will impact you, consider
attending an upcoming informational panel that seeks to explain how the
changes will affect residents.
The forum will be held Wednesday, October 9, at 8:00am in the 2nd floor
Board Room of the William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center, located
at 5151 Park Avenue in Fairfield.
Experts in areas of healthcare, insurance and small business will be
there to answer questions for small business owners, the self-insured,
independent contractors, senior citizens, people with pre-existing
conditions, state HUSKY participants and anyone who is currently
The following panelists will be on hand:
- State Senator Kevin Kelly, Ranking Member of the Aging and
- Phil Boyle, Business to Business Outreach Manager at Access
- Tim Tracy, Co-Founder of InsuringCT.com, Health Insurance Broker
- Julie Rosenbaum, MD, Associate Professor at Yale University
School of Medicine
- Beverly Balaz, CEO, Fairfield Chamber of Commerce
- Byron Campbell, Co-Partner, Firelight Media (a small business
- Mickey Hebert, Interim CEO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to the event moderator,
State Rep. Tony Hwang, at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions or concerns related to state government,
contact me any time at 800-842-1423 or John.Shaban@housegop.ct.gov
e-mail rec'd 3:30pm Oct. 3, 2013
TO SUPPORT SCHOOL SECURITY, MENTAL HEALTH & GUN VIOLENCE BILL
Today I will cast one of the most difficult votes since I became
a legislator -- An Act Concerning Gun Violence and Children’s
Safety. As a father, gun owner and resident of northern Fairfield
County, these issues and the tragedy that prompted this discussion
weigh on me as they do all citizens of Connecticut.
Notably, the bill is not simply a “gun bill,” it addresses school
security, mental health reforms and new gun control measures as one
package. From the beginning of these discussions, my
consideration and calculus has been to focus more on people than
devices – and specifically, how can we best protect our children and
neighbors from those who chose to use a gun to commit violence, without
vilifying law abiding citizens who chose to own a gun under their
inalienable rights. This has been a difficult process.
Indeed, the initial discussion focused on broad firearms bans,
confiscation and/or taxation of all forms of guns and devices
regardless of owner, and regardless of whether the measure would have
any impact on gun violence. I believe that a naked ban on
“assault weapons” would disproportionally impact law-abiding citizens
instead of criminals, and alone would do little to protect our children
or thwart the primary source of gun violence – the trafficking and use
of illegal handguns.
After hundreds of hours of public testimony, committee meetings and
bipartisan meetings, however, the shape of the bill package rightfully
evolved a stronger focus on school security and mental health. At
the same time, the gun control portion of the bill moved away from
blanket bans and confiscations and properly toward the enforcement of
illegal gun trafficking laws and effective background checks.
Thus, while there are still some troublesome gun control measures in
the bill, most of these measures have been reduced to minor burdens
and/or inconveniences rather than improper bans and confiscation.
Thus, as a gun owner, lawyer and legislator, I believe that the
resulting gun restrictions -- both the common sense ones and the
problematic ones -- are acceptable (and Constitutional) when viewed, as
they must be, in conjunction with the larger package containing the
reforms in school security and mental health treatment. (Indeed,
a republican motion to “divide the question” was defeated on a party
line vote.) I support the final bill because, in total and on
balance, I think it will effect a positive change despite its remaining
Here are some highlights of the new law:
On mental health: The new law provides for insurance parity by
requiring faster coverage decisions concerning mental health and
substance abuse treatment. We will also train educators in mental
health “first aid,” and add new resources for schools and pediatricians
to assist children and families with mental illness.
On school security: We will fund a competitive grant program to
enable every school district to develop safety infrastructure. We
will also require the development of school security and safety plans,
and establish methods to address disturbing/threatening behavior in
On gun control: We create universal background checks, stronger
safe storage laws, ban certain types of ammunition, increase sentences
for gun violence, and most significantly, reinstate our illegal gun
trafficking enforcement task force while also establishing the nation's
first statewide dangerous weapon offender registry. We also
revoke the early release program for a host of violent criminals. I
believe that these measures will enhance public safety.
Next, while the bill will enhance our current assault weapons law by
curtailing future purchases of certain weapons and magazines holding
more than 10 bullets, it will not affect the confiscation, taxation or
banning of any existing weapon or magazine. The current owners of
the weapons and magazines that would be otherwise banned going forward
can keep and use these devices, but must now register as both a method
to protect their right to keep the device and to prevent these devices
from getting into the wrong hands. Of course, these last two
provisions are the most problematic for many legal gun owners and from
an efficacy perspective.
Of course no legislation is perfect. Still, I believe that this
compromise package will serve to protect to our citizens and help those
who need help, while imposing as little burden as possible on our
citizens’ inalienable rights to bear arms. While some may
disagree with my vote, no one should doubt my dedication and commitment
to carefully consider these difficult issues.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Will I have to surrender any of my currently owned firearms,
magazines, or ammunition
A. No. The bill does not provide for the confiscation of any property
owned prior to the effective date of the bill.
Q. What will I need in order to purchase a long gun?
A. After April 1, 2014, you will need a pistol permit, an eligibility
certificate, or a long gun eligibility certificate to purchase a long
gun in Connecticut.
The new long gun eligibility certificate is similar to the existing
eligibility certificate. To apply for a long gun eligibility
certificate, a person must be 18 or older,
successfully complete a firearms safety course and background check,
and must not have been involuntarily confined to a hospital for a
psychiatric disability within
the past 5 years or voluntarily confined to a hospital for a
psychiatric disability within the past 6 months.
Q. What will I need to purchase ammunition?
A. After October 1, 2013, you will need a pistol permit, eligibility
certificate, long gun eligibility certificate or an ammunition
certificate along with a valid form of
identification in order to purchase ammunition in Connecticut.
To obtain an ammunition certificate, any person 18 or older may request
that the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection perform
a national criminal
history records check to determine if such person is eligible to
possess a firearm in Connecticut. After a successful records check, the
Department will issue an
ammunition certificate that is good for 5 years.
Q. Will there be any limits as to the quantity of legal firearms or
ammunition that I can purchase?
A. No. The bill does not limit or restrict the amount of legal firearms
or ammunition that may be purchased by an eligible buyer.
Q. What are the limits on detachable magazines? How many rounds can I
A. Upon passage of the bill, you will no longer be able to purchase
detachable magazines that accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition in
Connecticut. If prior to
passage, you own detachable magazines that accept more than 10 rounds
of ammunition you may keep those magazines as long as you file a
possession with the Department of Emergency Services and Public
Protection. The declaration will let the Department know you lawfully
possessed the large capacity
magazines before the bill went into effect.
Persons who lawfully possess large capacity magazines prior to the
passage of the bill can carry their magazines at home and at target
ranges or shooting clubs filled
to capacity. The magazines may also be used at a person’s place of
business or other property owned by that person as long as the magazine
does not contain more
than 10 rounds of ammunition. Large capacity magazines can also be
transported between these places if they contain no more than 10 rounds
Q. Are there changes being made to the permit application process or
A. The process for obtaining a pistol permit remains the same; however,
applicants going forward will only be able to apply for a temporary
permit to carry in the town
where they are a bona fide resident. In the past, you could apply for a
temporary permit to carry in either your town of residence or place of
business. Also, you may
only apply for a temporary permit to carry a pistol or revolver once
every twelve months.
There are no increases in any existing fees. There are fees related to
the new long gun eligibility certificate and the ammunition
certificate. Both certificates will cost
$35 every five years.
Q. Will there be a new firearm ammunition tax?
A. No. There are no new taxes included in the bill.
Q. Will there be a new insurance requirement for firearms owners?
A. No. There is no mention of insurance requirements for firearms
owners in the bill.
Q. Are police, military and corrections officers who are exempt in
their professional capacity also exempt in the private capacity?
A. Yes. The exemptions for police, military and corrections officers
apply on and off duty.
Q. How does the bill change private transactions?
A. The bill will requires a background check for all firearm sales,
including private transactions. Parties seeking to privately transfer a
firearm will need to provide proof
that they are eligible to buy or sell a firearm, and they will need to
have a background check performed by either the Department of Emergency
Services and Public
Protection or a federal firearms license dealer.
Q. Will those who currently own a firearm be required to undergo
retroactive “universal” background checks?
A. Only those who possessed newly designated assault weapons prior to
passage of the bill will have to apply for a certificate of possession
for assault weapons.
The application for the certificate of possession requires a background
Q. How will online gun purchases be changed?
A. The laws that apply to the purchase or sale of firearms or
ammunition under Connecticut law apply to online purchases. Businesses
selling firearms or ammunition
online to Connecticut residents will need to verify that a person is
eligible to purchase a firearm or ammunition in order to sell it.
Q. How many guns are you banning?
A. The bill lists a number of specific firearms that upon passage of
the bill will no longer be available for purchase in Connecticut. It
will be unlawful to possess these
firearms unless you owned the firearms before the effective date of the
bill, and you apply for a certificate of possession to have them.
Q. What types of rifles are banned?
A. The bill adds rifles with the following features to the assault
weapons ban: Any semiautomatic centerfire rifles (regardless of when
they are manufactured) that
accept a detachable magazine and have any one of the following: (1)
folding or telescopic stock, (2) a grip that is below the action of the
weapon, (3) forward grip,
(4) a flash suppressor or a grenade or flare launcher. It also limits
semiautomatic centerfire rifles that have a fixed magazine with the
ability to accept more than ten
rounds or any semiautomatic centerfire rifle that has an overall length
of less than 30 inches.
Q. What types of handguns are banned?
A. The bill adds handguns with the following features to the assault
weapons ban: Semiautomatic pistols (regardless of when they are
manufactured) with a detachable
magazine and have any one of the following: (1) An ability to accept a
detachable magazine that attaches at some location outside of the
pistol grip, (2) a threaded barrel
capable of accepting a flash suppressor, forward pistol grip or
silencer, (3) a shroud, or (4) a second hand grip. It also limits any
semiautomatic pistol that has a fixed
magazine that accepts more than ten rounds.
Q. What types of shotguns are banned?
A. The bill adds shotguns with the following features to the assault
weapons ban: Semiautomatic shotguns that have BOTH a folding or
telescopic stock and a grip that
is below the action of the weapon. Shotguns that are capable of
accepting a detachable magazine will now be banned. In addition,
shotguns with a revolving cylinder will
also be illegal.
Q. Are any rimfire rifles banned?
A. Rimfire rifles are not affected by the new law. There are
semiautomatic pistols that fire rimfire ammunition that may fit within
the definition of an assault weapon
depending on the features of such pistol.
Q. What will the impact of the banned weapons be to the gun industry in
A. Manufacturers of assault weapons located in Connecticut will be able
to continue to engage in the manufacturing of assault weapons in this
may also continue to sell rimfire rifles, shotguns and rifles that meet
our new definition. Section 53-202i of the Connecticut General Statutes
expressly exempts the
assault ban provisions from the manufacture of such weapons.
Q. Will antique weapons firearms be subject to the assault weapons ban?
A. The current definition of what constitutes an antique firearm
remains unchanged under the bill.
Q. What are penalties if registration or certificates not done?
A. Persons who lawfully possess a newly designated assault weapon will
have until January 1, 2014 to apply for a certificate of possession for
that firearm. People in
possession of newly designated assault weapons who fail to register
their firearms will have committed a Class A misdemeanor for a first
time violation. Subsequent
violations of the law will be classified as a Class D felony.
Persons who are in lawful possession of large capacity magazines
(magazines that exceed 10 rounds of bullets) that have been acquired
prior to the effective date of
the bill, will have until January 1, 2014 to declare each large
capacity magazine. Failure to declare any large capacity firearms past
that date will have committed an
infraction for a first offense and a Class D felony for subsequent
In response to the tragic events at Sandy Hook the Connecticut
legislature has created a Bi-Partisan Task Force on Gun Violence
Prevention and Children's Safety. This task force will be charged with
creating legislation that will effectively and meaningfully improve the
safety of our citizens and, specifically, our children.
A large part of their effort will be to listen to you, the public, and
your ideas. With this in mind, the task force has scheduled a series of
public hearings specific to each working group. If there is a specific
topic of importance to you I encourage you to sign up to give testimony
or attend the public hearing to listen to the other ideas that are
The schedule of the Public Hearings is below:
School Safety Working Group Public
Friday, January 25th, 2013
Legislative Office Building
9:30am, Room 2C
Gun Violence Prevention Working Group
Monday, January 28th, 2013
Legislative Office Building
10:00am, Room 2C
Mental Health Working Group Public
Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Legislative Office Building
10:00am, Room 2C
Full Bi-Partisan Task Force Public
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
Newtown High School
You can submit testimony in person or by email by sending it to
email@example.com. For more information regarding the Task
Force and scheduled public hearings please visit the website located at
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (860) 842-1423 or
John.Shaban@housegop.ct.gov if you have any questions.
the LWV of Weston Debate Oct. 13, 2012
HOW MUCH DID JOHN WIN THIS DEBATE
HOW MUCH WAS THAT BY, AGAIN?
Let us think about
the answer: With the Weston FORUM, the Daily Weston,
Channel 12 personality who lives in Easton,and a full
house of interested folks from Weston, Redding and Easton filling every
seat, and while everyone agreed the questions were great,
guess who couldn't stop hitting home runs with his answers - which were
fresh and clear and to the point?
We watched it again and John was awesome!!! No comment by us on quality of
opponent's reply's - we are more generous than some, because it was OBVIOUS that John's opponent was reading his comments (see
above, left). Below, link to video.
THERE WAS A NOISY CROWD, BUT WATCH
THE VIDEO IF YOU REALLY WANT TO HEAR WHAT WAS SAID!!!
Saturday, October 13, 2012, 10:30a.m. to 12 Noon, at Weston Library
WATCH THE LWV OF
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JOHN'S REACTION/COMMENT FROM
FORUM, ON THE DEBATE, HERE.
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN SHABAN TODAY
Today the non-partisan State’s Victim Advocate appeared before the
Judiciary Committee and other legislators for a hearing to discuss the
controversial Risk Reduction Earned Credits (RREC) Program, and the
role it may have played in two recent murders.
The REEC Program was pushed through last year without public hearing
and embedded in the budget bill. Over unanimous Republican
opposition, the majority launched a program that retroactively awards
criminals who committed crimes such as rape, arson, kidnapping or child
molestation with sentence reduction credits regardless of whether they
actually participated in required programs or otherwise exhibited good
behavior. Even worse, the credits actually reduce the prisoner’s
sentence (i.e., not merely early release) thereby preventing some of
those being released from being placed on parole and supervised.
The divisive law has again sparked outrage following two separate
instances where prisoners released early under the REEC Program
committed grievous crimes shortly there after.
For example, in June of this year a 70-year-old small business owner
was shot and killed at his Meriden convenience store – the person
arrested for this crime had just been released early, and without
parole supervision, after being awarded 199 days of credits while
serving time for robbery. In August, an East Hartford store clerk
was also murdered -- the man arrested for this crime was released early
after his sentence for robbery and assault was reduced by the
retroactive RREC credits. These and other crimes committed by
such RREC prisoners prompted the outrage and the hearing.
As a member of the Judiciary Committee, I along with other lawmakers
join with the State’s Victim Advocate to ask Governor Malloy to suspend
the RREC Program and to thereafter conduct an investigation into how
the Program is impacting public safety.
COMMENTARY: Time for the state to get
finances in order
Written by John Shaban, State Representative-elect
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 12:40
In preparation for taking office next month, I have been attending
commission meetings and orientation sessions at the Capitol to ready
myself for the tasks at hand. With me at every meeting has been a
notable attendee — the proverbial 800-pound gorilla that is our state’s
The primary and overarching mission of the General Assembly and new
governor is, quite simply, to get Connecticut’s finances back in order.
Indeed, all other issues — public safety, education, public
services, etc. — are inextricably linked to, and negatively affected
by, this financial crisis. We now have projected structural deficits of
near $3.5 billion a year for the next three years — i.e., almost a 20%
shortfall. Add to this over $70 billion in unfunded pension and
benefits liabilities, an insolvent unemployment fund, and the attendant
borrowing/interest costs from each, and the picture is not pretty.
While there is plenty of blame to go around, these monstrous debts and
deficits have been created by three main causes: Overspending,
overborrowing and overpromising.
Bottom line, we can no longer grow the government to serve political
ends and thereafter patch the resulting budget gaps by bonding expenses
or using gimmicks like one time federal “stimulus” grants
(which are, of course, also funded by borrowing). Our government must
stop promising to be all things to all people, and must recognize that
private sector growth is the cure for both our private unemployment woes
and public fiscal problems. If we reduce spending, taxes and
regulation, and simultaneously promote predictability, businesses and
jobs will return along with the revenue needed to fund programs that
for too long have been running on borrowed money.
Regrettably, Gov. Rell’s proposed transition budget — which suggests
many of the painful cuts that are needed — has been met with resistance
by some who helped cause the problem. Still, I am encouraged
by Governor-elect Malloy’s promise to reduce the size and cost of our
government, and his stated willingness to make the hard
decisions that are needed. I hope the legislators in the Democratic
majority will follow suit. Over all, though, I am optimistic about our
future, and look forward to working with my new colleagues from both
parties to send that gorilla home.