Gun rights group sues Connecticut governor, police chiefs

Gun rights group sues Connecticut governor, police chiefs

All of our stories about the coronavirus are being provided free of charge as a service to the public. You can find all of our stories here . You can support local journalism by subscribing or donating to The Day. HARTFORD, Conn. — Gun rights supporters have filed a lawsuit against Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and several local police chiefs over the coronavirus-related suspension of fingerprinting services needed to obtain gun and ammunition permits. The Connecticut Citizens Defense League filed the lawsuit Saturday in U.S. District Court, saying a March 17 executive order issued by the Democratic governor violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Lamont’s order suspended the state law that prohibits state police and local police officials from refusing to collect fingerprints, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the virus. The gun rights group said that effectively shut down the issuance of permits for firearms. “Law enforcement throughout the state are refusing to collect fingerprints for firearms permit purposes, and are refusing to process firearms applications, even while fingerprinting and application processing continues for other purposes,” the Connecticut Citizens Defense League said in a statement Monday. Messages seeking comment were left with the governor’s office and state police. State Attorney General William Tong said the lawsuit has no merit and his office will defend the governor’s order. “Our state constitution and state laws grant the governor broad authority to protect Connecticut residents and families in a public health emergency, and his executive orders […]

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