Two gun bills are under active consideration by the Judiciary Committee of the state legislature. One will improve gun safety in Connecticut, the other assuredly will not. We must let Judiciary Committee members know where we stand.
The NRA has already activated its base. Committee members must hear from our side.
Please take a moment to contact legislators with the message below. Click here now to email the message below to every member of the Judiciary Committee. Although not essential, modifying the message to make it your own has greater impact.
Subject: Here’s where I stand on HB6200 and Reciprocity raised gun bills
Dear Members of the Judiciary Committee:
I am writing to urge you to:
SUPPORT HB 6200, AAC Presentation of a Carry Permit. When individuals are openly carrying guns in public, they should be required to show their permits upon request of a police officer. Current law requires private citizens armed in public to carry their handgun permit on their person. It is only common sense that a person open carrying should be required to produce the permit to confirm they are lawfully carrying, and not a threat to public safety or the officers themselves.
OPPOSE the bill, AAC Permit & Certificate to Carry a Firearm Reciprocity, that would allow holders of other states’ permits to conceal carry in Connecticut. Most states do not have the strict safety standards for carrying guns in public that we have in Connecticut. It makes little sense to have our own strict standards, but not require gun owners from out of state to meet the same requirements. Also, without national standards for gun permits and 24/7 access to out-of-state permit information, law enforcement would have no way to verify whether the permit was valid and whether the gun owner is carrying legally.