Connecticut lawmakers push to ban ‘ghost guns,’ force owners to show permit

Connecticut lawmakers push to ban ‘ghost guns,’ force owners to show permit

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"This is intended to be used as a finished firearm," says Jeremy Stein, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence, about an 80 percent finished aluminium lower receiver, a component for a long gun, on Monday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Stein testified in front of the judiciary committee on a proposed gun bill. (Patrick Raycraft / Hartford Courant) Advocates and opponents of stricter gun laws squared off Monday in the year’s biggest gun hearing as state lawmakers seek to ban homemade “ghost guns’’ and force firearm owners to show their pistol permit when asked by police. The judiciary committee considered seven gun-related bills, with lawmakers divided between those seeking “common sense” gun laws and those strongly defending the Second Amendment. One of the bills states that an owner who is visibly carrying a gun must show a pistol permit when asked by law enforcement. Currently, police must have suspicion of a crime in order to force a gun owner to present the permit. If the gun owner refuses and no crime has been committed, police say there is nothing they can do. The issue has prompted controversy in West Haven and Bridgeport, where gun owners refused to show their permits when requested by police. Officials said an incident at a Subway sandwich shop in downtown Bridgeport, across from the courthouse, had the potential to escalate when a man repeatedly refused to show his permit. The issue was eventually defused by police and there were no injuries. […]

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