Second Amendment Group Files Suit Over Slow Gun Permits

Second Amendment Group Files Suit Over Slow Gun Permits

Reps. Doug Dubitsky and Craig Fishbein outside Hoffman’s Gun Shop in Newington The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court against the police chiefs of Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, and Waterbury claiming that it’s taking too long to process applications for municipal gun permits. One plaintiff, Anne Cordero, has been trying to submit her application for a municipal firearm permit to the Bridgeport Police Department since last year. In June, Bridgeport Police, according to the lawsuit, finally instructed her to sign up for an appointment to submit her application. Bridgeport’s first available appointment just to submit her application is late January 2022. According to the lawsuit, Hartford resident Orel Johnson applied at the police department in June for a municipal firearm permit. Without first obtaining a municipal firearm permit, one cannot obtain a state-issued firearm permit to obtain, possess and carry firearms for personal protection. Johnson said he was directed to put his name on a list and police officials would call him when they were ready to accept his application. He said Hartford police still haven’t taken his application, despite his numerous follow-up calls. Another plaintiff, Shaquanna Williams, complained that she submitted documents and fingerprints to the New Haven Police Department for a permit this month and was told she can’t get an appointment to submit the application until next March. “These cities are notorious for violating their residents’ constitutional rights by excessively delaying the application process,” Holly Sullivan, president of the […]

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