Gov. Malloy Signs Bill Strengthening Laws on Carrying a Firearm While Under the Influence

This article was published on: 06/8/16 11:35 PM by Mike Minarsky

connecticut logo(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he has signed into law legislation that he introducedearlier this year that strengthens the laws on carrying a firearm while under the influence, aligning it to similar limits currently in state statute on drunk driving and drunk boating.

Under prior law, a person could be found in violation of carrying a firearm while intoxicated if their blood alcohol level reached 0.10.  This was inconsistent with similar laws on driving or boating under the influence, which has a legal limit of 0.08.  This new legislation the Governor signed, which was adopted by unanimous votes in the state legislature, reduces the blood alcohol level for carrying a firearm to match that of drunk driving and boating.

“If you are too drunk to drive, then you are too drunk to carry a firearm – there should be no question about that.  This was an inconsistency that had to be addressed, and we did just that.  This is a smart law.  I want to thank the members of the General Assembly for their unanimous, bipartisan support for this bill,” Governor Malloy said.  “Guns and alcohol are a deadly combination, and when it comes to firearm safety, we should all agree that commonsense laws like this are necessary.”

The legislation is Public Act 16-152, An Act Concerning Carrying a Firearm While Intoxicated or Under the Influence of Alcohol.

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