State police automate firearm registration process as gun rights group complains about delays in buying guns

State police automate firearm registration process as gun rights group complains about delays in buying guns

The non-profit Connecticut Citizens Defense League asked a federal judge on Monday to schedule an emergency hearing on what the group characterized as unnecessary delays in carrying out the process by which new buyers of guns and ammunition are fingerprinted and issued permits. (Patrick Raycraft) A gun rights group said Wednesday it is raising a new legal complaint about delays in the state gun registration process even as the state police said the agency is taking long-overdue steps to automate and speed up the registration system. The ongoing dispute over delays in buying guns and permitting owners is taking place during a year in which law enforcement officers said citizens across society appear to be trying to buy record numbers of guns. The nonprofit Connecticut Citizens Defense League asked a federal judge on Monday to schedule an emergency hearing on what the group characterized as unnecessary delays in carrying out the process by which new buyers of guns and ammunition are fingerprinted and issued permits. Without permits, buyers cannot make purchases and licensed dealers cannot make sales. The group sued the state last year ago after Gov. Ned Lamont allowed state and local police to stop fingerprinting applicants for gun permits during the coronavirus pandemic, a requirement for the issuance of permits. A federal judge said gun ownership is a fundamental right and ordered the police to resume fingerprinting. But the gun rights group, claiming that delays are continuing, wants the court to revisit the issue. Brian Foley, a […]

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