Gun Rights Group Sues Police Agencies Over Permit Delays

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A gun rights group and four citizens have sued the police chiefs of four Connecticut cities claiming officials have effectively ended the ability of residents to get gun permits by intentionally and illegally slowing the licensing process by several months. The Connecticut Citizens Defense League announced Tuesday that it had filed a lawsuit in federal court against the chiefs of Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport and Waterbury, saying they are violating people’s constitutional rights including the rights to bear arms and to due process. “These cities are notorious for violating their residents’ constitutional rights by excessively delaying the application process,” Holly Sullivan, president of the CCDL, said in a statement. “The CCDL is standing up for the residents of these cities, many of whom are minorities fighting for their right to keep and bear arms for personal protection.” Officials in Hartford, Bridgeport and New Haven said Tuesday that they were working on providing responses to the lawsuit and its allegations. A message seeking comment was left for Waterbury police officials. The lawsuit is seeking court orders for the four departments to change their rules and policies so permits can be timely issued, as well as punitive damages and legal fees. According to the lawsuit, Hartford resident Orel Johnson applied at the city police department in June for a municipal firearm permit, which is required to apply for a state pistol permit. Only after obtaining a state permit can residents legally possess firearms. Johnson said he was […]

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