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Gun bill pits law enforcement against Second Amendment advocates

Reps. Joe Verrengia and Stephen Dargan and Sen. Tim Larson listen to the public testify (Christine Stuart photo)

Reps. Joe Verrengia and Stephen Dargan and Sen. Tim Larson listen to the public testify (Christine Stuart photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Three years after strengthening Connecticut’s gun laws, some lawmakers expressed uncertainty about the bill that would let law enforcement ask a person to see their permit to carry a firearm, regardless of whether the person was suspected of criminal activity.

Sen. Ed Gomes, D-Bridgeport, said he worries that the bill could lead to racial profiling and police would use it to stop individuals who may or may not have a gun.

But Ricardo Lopez, vice president of the Bridgeport Police Union, told the legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee on Thursday that most if not all of the Bridgeport Police Department have been “left with an uncertainty due to the fact that the current law seems convoluted.”

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2 comments

Oldtimer March 4, 2016 at 8:10 am

What’s next ? Officer cannot ask to see driver’s license without first seeing evidence of some MV violation ? Being licensed to do anything that requires a permit or license carries an obligation to show the license anytime. Some permits must be displayed to the public when they are in effect. (building permits, liquor licenses, etc.)

Ken Werner March 4, 2016 at 12:29 pm

Well, yes. Police officers do need to have cause to stop you, either in a car or on foot, and ask for identification. Although I am not a gun guy, it seems that this proposed law crosses a dangerous line. The state, wisely or unwisely, grants carry permits. That decision does not eliminate a right that all other citizens have. Police officers should have reasonable cause before they ask to for permits or identification.

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