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Contact: Rich Burgess
Connecticut Carry
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Connecticut Carry

Press Release

Guns Across America Rally in Hartford

Over a thousand gun rights supporters brave the cold to gather at the Capitol

Hartford, Connecticut, 01/19/2013:

Connecticut Carry attended the Guns Across America rally in Hartford on 1/19/2012 along with at least a thousand other pro-gun Connecticut residents. It was encouraging to see people come out and show their support for gun rights as well as their opposition to the new proposed gun control bills. The rally was organized by individuals through a Facebook page and other social media formats. With this example of what may be accomplished through a simple Facebook page and grassroots activism, there is a lot of hope for the efforts of Connecticut’s state level organizations throughout this legislative session.

The media was also in attendance. Although the legislators were away enjoying their weekends, one of the Senators stopped by.  Senator Bye stood in the back of the crowd looking uninterested and rolling her eyes at some of the speakers and the cheering crowds when she wasn’t staring down into her phone. Our hope is that at least a little of the spirit and some of the message sank in with Senator Bye. Senator Bye is the proponent of two bills “To require firearm owners to maintain liability insurance and establish a sales tax on the sale of ammunition at a rate of fifty per cent” (HB-5268 & SB-140 ). Such bigotry is shocking, but seems to be the norm with our current legislators.

Connecticut Carry urges our members and Connecticut residents to keep the momentum rolling. Don’t stop now by assuming that a rally was enough to defeat the proposed bills. It is still as important as ever to write to your legislators in opposition to these laws. It is extremely important to attend the public hearings at the Legislative Office Building and testify, whether you do so orally in person or by submitting written testimony.

 

More information on this issue can be found on http://ctcarry.com.

Connecticut Carry is dedicated to advancing and protecting the fundamental civil rights of the men and women of Connecticut to keep and bear arms for defense of themselves and the state as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Connecticut.
 

Contact:
Richard Burgess
President
Connecticut Carry, Inc
Ph: 203-208-9577
Email: rich@ctcarry.com
http://ctcarry.com



Contact: Rich Burgess
Connecticut Carry
203.208.9577
rich@ctcarry.com
Connecticut Carry

Press Release

Weston Board of Selectmen Meeting Report

Selectmen made to back down from proposed gun ban ordinance

Connecticut, January 17th, 2013:

Connecticut Carry was on site in Weston at the Board of Selectmen meeting with volunteers in a standing-room-only middle school cafeteria with approximately 200 people. Connecticut Carry spent most of the meeting talking to residents and local police about their concerns and questions related to the proposed ban. The Weston Police Department once again showed remarkable resolve and grace in the face of an ordinance that would be downright ridiculous for them to try and enforce.

Literature disappeared as quickly as it could be distributed and Weston residents once again came fully armed with their own knowledge and research about the facts surrounding their town’s proposed gun ban. It is difficult to tell if the reams of information we distributed at the police commissioner’s meeting helped, but it certainly felt like it.

Town residents made it clear that the select people had overstepped their bounds and had brought needless negative national attention and potential legal liability to their small town. Residents uniformly rejected the proposed tyranny of the Board of Selectmen and instead offered solid suggestions to put armed security in the schools and to look into changes to mental health care instead.

A small group of extreme anti-rights activists from the CSGV-spawned ‘March for Change’ would occasionally speak up with their typical inflammatory talking points about removing civil rights from the town of Weston so that they could send their children to a stranger’s house unsupervised with no parental responsibility. These arguments were met with limited and sporadic applause from even their own activists.

Meanwhile, the residents of Weston that stood their ground and defended their rights were met with large amounts of applause and even shouts of encouragement. There was a real feeling of community amongst the Weston residents present and everyone was courteous and polite.

During the meeting it became clear that the Board of Selectmen had retreated from their ridiculous gun ban ordinance and gone back to discussing clarifications to their 1990 unlawful discharge ordinance. The Board of Selectmen cited a huge outpouring of resistance to their plans from across the state and from across the country as reasons why they had reconsidered their stances.

Connecticut Carry will continue to monitor the ongoing discussions, work closely with residents and the police department and educate and inform those involved as to what is legally acceptable and to advocate on behalf of the residents of Weston.

We are excited to see that the residents of Weston have backed their Board of Selectmen down. They all deserve a pat on the back for having such resolve. This isn’t completely over yet, but they have sure come a long way!

More information on this issue can be found on http://ctcarry.com/WestonBan.

Information handouts for this event:

Proposed Ordinance

Crime Facts

Armed Citizen Incidents

Talking Points

Connecticut Carry is dedicated to advancing and protecting the fundamental civil rights of the men and women of Connecticut to keep and bear arms for defense of themselves and the state as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Connecticut.
 

Contact:
Richard Burgess
President
Connecticut Carry, Inc
Ph: 203-208-9577
Email: rich@ctcarry.com
http://ctcarry.com



Contact: Rich Burgess
Connecticut Carry
203.208.9577
rich@ctcarry.com
Connecticut Carry

Press Release

Senator Meyer hosts anti-gun rally in Guilford

Illegally waves a BB gun ‘Assault weapon’ around

Guilford, Connecticut, January 13th, 2013:

Senator Ed Meyer hosted an anti-gun rally disguised as a ‘gun violence forum’ at the First Congregational Church in Guilford Connecticut. The rally started with a representative of the church’s ‘peace committee’ citing information that was blatantly false such as:

·         It is constitutional to ban firearms.

·         The Second Amendment is about militias and therefore does not apply to individuals.

·         America is somehow more violent than other countries.

·         Modern sporting rifles are a main culprit of the violent crime.

·         Violence is on the rise in America.

These anti-rights talking points are clearly false and have been disproven in such works as “More Guns, Less Crime” by John Lott, and by simply looking at FBI crime data which is released annually and is freely available to the public on their website. Violent crime has been on a steady decline for decades, regardless of the sales of these types of firearms and the overwhelming spread of more lenient laws that allow more citizens across the nation to carry firearms in public. The Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 did nothing to change crime statistics or provide for public safety, nor did it prevent such heinous acts as the Columbine massacre or the North Hollywood shootout, although it did hinder the response to the North Hollywood incident.

Senator Meyer went on to tell people erroneously that his bill won’t affect most of them and that there have been no cases of self defense with a firearm in Connecticut. Senator Meyer had no sufficient answer for the gentlemen from Madison who stood up and recounted his experience as a child when a violent criminal tried to break into his home and his sister protected him with a semi-automatic shotgun without needing to fire a single shot, thankfully. Senator Meyer did not want to hear from Connecticut Carry President Rich Burgess about the estimated 1.5 – 2.5 million uses of firearms in self defense each year. The NRA keeps an archive of such stories on their ‘Armed Citizen’ website. Indeed, there are 82 such incidents in Connecticut alone, and this is likely a tiny portion of the actual events.

Senator Ed Meyer would not call on Connecticut Carry Rich Burgess who was ready and willing to ask why Senator Meyer would bother with such a bill when the DC v Heller case(s) so clearly outlined that it would be unconstitutional to ban guns in ‘common use’ like all of the guns Senator Meyer proposes to ban. The Supreme Court also ruled that citizens could not be required by law to store their firearms where they would be inaccessible to them. Senator Meyer claims to have consulted with an attorney about these issues but obviously did not consult with an appropriate attorney that understood our current legal landscape.

Senator Meyer then went on to introduce a guest he had invited, Retired Police Officer Pat Leary, who pulled out a facsimile of an AR 15, which he identified as a ‘BB gun’ and stated it was ‘not loaded’. He then proceeded to wave it around the room as he described why he thought the laws should be changed to ban that type of firearm.

Connecticut Carry President Rich Burgess contacted the Guilford Police Department about the incident and described that this is a clear violation of Connecticut General Statute Sec. 53-206.” Carrying of dangerous weapons prohibited”. The situation is under investigation by the Guilford Police Department. Retired Officer Pat Leary demonstrated another thing: How archaic and completely ridiculous our laws in this state are and how most police officers do not know or understand those laws.

Senator Ed Meyer also came out of the church carrying the same BB gun and admitted to not knowing the law. We expect the Guilford Police Department will also investigate his actions, as they confirmed in front of us that the church did not have knowledge of this dangerous and unlawful stunt.

·         More information on this issue can be found on http://ctcarry.com.

·         NRA-ILA’s Armed Citizen: http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/armed-citizen.aspx

·         Self defense incidents in Connecticut: http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/armed-citizen.aspx?s=&st=10471&pageNum=1

·         DC v Heller: http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/07-290.ZS.html

·         Defensive Gun Use numbers: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles/165476.pdf

 

Connecticut Carry is dedicated to advancing and protecting the fundamental civil rights of the men and women of Connecticut to keep and bear arms for defense of themselves and the state as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Connecticut.
 

Contact:
Richard Burgess
President
Connecticut Carry, Inc
Ph: 203-208-9577
Email: rich@ctcarry.com
http://ctcarry.com

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Contact: Rich Burgess
Connecticut Carry
203.208.9577
rich@ctcarry.com
Connecticut Carry

Press Release

Weston Police Commission Report

Commission tables discussion on proposed gun ban

Connecticut, January 10th, 2013:

Connecticut Carry was on hand with a core group of volunteers in a packed meeting room to witness the police commission of Weston table a discussion on a proposed gun ban. According to the police commission, they feel it is too early to discuss such a ban since the first draft of the ordinance is being rewritten after being found to be too restrictive and the selectmen were unable to produce the copy of the ordinance to get proper input from the commission.

Connecticut Carry shares in and supports the commission’s decision to wait for a real ordinance to be discussed. This should also allow some hysteria to pass and for cooler minds prevail. We found very little support for the proposed ban in the crowded meeting hall as First Selectwoman Gayle Weinstein vigorously tried to push the old draft of the ordinance in front of the commission, trying to get them to comment on an ordinance revision that has no chance of passing and is full of constitutional pitfalls that will end up bankrupting the town through ensuing litigation.

Connecticut Carry spent much of the meeting passing out talking points and factual references to help educate the crowd and the officials as to the problems with the ordinance. The literature was well received and was immediately used by residents to question the legitimacy of the ordinance and the motivations of the selectmen.

The town of Weston has our full support and attention in getting this ordinance shelved for good as that is the only appropriate outcome for such a silly, dangerous, reckless and hysterical ordinance that the First Selectwoman and Selectmen seek to inflict upon the residents of Weston.

More information on this issue can be found on http://ctcarry.com/WestonBan.

Connecticut Carry is dedicated to advancing and protecting the fundamental civil rights of the men and women of Connecticut to keep and bear arms for defense of themselves and the state as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Connecticut.

Contact:
Richard Burgess
President
Connecticut Carry, Inc
Ph: 203-208-9577
Email: rich@ctcarry.com
http://ctcarry.com



Contact: Rich Burgess
Connecticut Carry
203.208.9577
rich@ctcarry.com
Connecticut Carry

Press Release

Connecticut Carry to Appear on Armed American Radio

Mark Walters to host one hour discussion about Connecticut firearms current events

Connecticut, January 6th:

Whether we like it or not, Connecticut has become the battleground state for gun rights following the terrible tragedy that befell the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Politicians and people with political agendas all over the state and from all over the country wasted no time in attacking the rights of the 3 million citizens of Connecticut as well as citizens across the nation over the actions of a lone, evil madman.

Host of Armed American Radio Mark Walters has extended a generous invitation to Connecticut Carry President Rich Burgess to have an open mic discussion of the attacks by politicians and anti-rights groups on the rights of the citizens of Connecticut. The casual discussion will include the topics that are at our feet in Connecticut, what we expect to see going forward, how we plan to handle these topics and some of the topics we have been covering in the media so far. Listeners can also expect to hear about Connecticut Carry, who we are, what we do and why we are here.

Connecticut Carry is very grateful that firearms owners across the nation have an incredible resource like Armed American Radio and we are appreciative of Mark Walters’ dedication to the cause of liberty.

The show will be live on Sunday, January 6th 8-11pm EST. Connecticut Carry will be on from 9–10pm EST.

Listen to the show live online: http://armedamericanradio.org/listen-live-2/

Find more information about us on http://ctcarry.com.

Learn more about Armed American Radio: http://armedamericanradio.org/

If you missed it, you can listen to the archive: http://armedamericanradio.org/2013/01/1-6-2013-hour-2/

Connecticut Carry is dedicated to advancing and protecting the fundamental civil rights of the men and women of Connecticut to keep and bear arms for defense of themselves and the state as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Connecticut.

 

Contact:
Richard Burgess
President
Connecticut Carry, Inc
Ph: 203-208-9577
Email: rich@ctcarry.com
http://ctcarry.com



Contact: Rich Burgess
Connecticut Carry
203.208.9577
rich@ctcarry.com
Connecticut Carry

Press Release

U.S. Rep John Larson Hosts Anti-Gun Rally

Whips up hysteria about inanimate objects

West Hartford, Connecticut, 12/23/2012:

Connecticut Carry was on hand at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford where U.S. Representative John Larson attempted to stir anti-gun hysteria in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

Congressman Larson wasted no time in attacking his political agenda by giving a speech about ‘all of his solutions’ to tragedies like the one that occurred in Newtown, but instead spent the entire speech ranting and raving about ‘assault weapons’, ‘assault rifles’, ‘automatic weapons’, ‘high capacity clips’, and ‘background checks’. Congressman Larson apparently didn’t think anyone present would recognize the talking points of the radical anti-rights organizations like the Brady Campaign, The Violence Policy Center and the CSGV. These organizations have spent a great deal of time and energy trying to confuse otherwise ignorant people into believing that the modern sporting rifles to which they apply the label ‘assault weapon’ are somehow more deadly than any other type of weapon. They purposely confuse people about the differences between semi-automatic firearms and fully-automatic firearms.

Congressman Larson conflated the terms above to try and make his constituents believe that he was trying to ban from civilian ownership the automatic weapons that the military utilizes.

Congressman Larson repeated the same line telling his constituents over and over that over 3 million people in the United States possessed ‘a Bushmaster’. He then went on to say that ‘something must be done’. What Congressman Larson did not bother to mention was that (assuming his numbers are true), that means that 2,999,999 owners of ‘Bushmasters’ did not massacre anyone on December 14th. Further, he could have mentioned that ‘Bushmaster’ is one company that manufactures the style firearm he is referring to and that the number is much, much larger. Any conservative estimate of gun owners in America would draw numbers in excess of 100 million people. That is 999,999,999 people that didn’t go on a murder spree that day that he wants to punish. Out of those people, conservatively, 4,000 people likely used their firearms in defense of themselves or their property that day as Article 1, Section 15 of our state constitution demands.

When asked if Congressman Larson would seek a quick and complete ban of guns like the gun confiscation in Australia, he replied that he would be in favor of this. He also agreed with a young man that urged him to urge President Obama to act through executive order on banning and confiscating firearms like they did in Australia after he acted through executive order on the ‘fiscal cliff’.

Congressman Larson should probably learn about the ideas that he is proselytizing, because Australia has seen a steady rise in violent crime since their gun ban and buyback programs from 1996.

In 2002 — five years after enacting its gun ban — the Australian Bureau of Criminology acknowledged there is no correlation between gun control and the use of firearms in violent crime. In fact, the percent of murders committed with a firearm was the highest it had ever been in 2006 (16.3 percent), says the D.C. Examiner.

Even Australia’s Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research acknowledges that the gun ban had no significant impact on the amount of gun-involved crime:

In 2006, assault rose 49.2 percent and robbery 6.2 percent.
Sexual assault — Australia’s equivalent term for rape — increased 29.9 percent.
Overall, Australia’s violent crime rate rose 42.2 percent.

If Congressman Larson says he is on the side of ‘reducing violence’ than he is sure taking the wrong road.

Congressman Larson’s plan is to make us more like Norway, home of some of the toughest gun laws in the world. There a madman used guns and bombs to wage war for hours against a completely unarmed populace completely unable to defend themselves. This resulted in 77 people dead and 319 injured. Many of these victims were children. If we could learn anything from that tragedy, it is that an unarmed populace gets innocent people killed.

There is another startling revelation in Congressman Larson’s preaching. Congressman Larson wishes President Obama would circumvent the legislature and utilize executive orders to ban private property. This is a clear violation to the constitution and to the representative republic we have here. The very suggestion is offensive on many core levels.

 Congressman Larson also stated his support for ammunition taxes and bans on ‘Saturday Night Specials’. Both of these types of laws, historically, have roots in trying to keep people of lesser means from being able to defend themselves. This is a vile concept. The people with the least means have the most need to be able to defend themselves and their loved ones. Both criminals and people with greater wealth will hardly be affected by either of these kinds of laws.

All the while, Congressman Larson continued to comment on the large crowd that had showed up to discuss his anti-gun agenda, but failed to acknowledge that a significant portion of those people were there to criticize that agenda. The crowd engaged in booing and shouting down many of the people who had the courage to stand up and question the hysteria that the Congressman was trying to stir up with the crowd. With all the talk of the ‘reasoned discourse’ and ‘common sense legislation’ that the Congressman kept mentioning, he did nothing when a man was loudly and violently yelled at by one of his constituents for having the courage to assert that an ‘Assault Weapon Ban’ would not be a valid solution to what had happened in Newtown.

Congressman Larson repeatedly told his constituents that the “NRA did not come” and yet he had numerous NRA members and representatives of state organizations like Connecticut Carry that he did not invite to this forum and quickly dismissed in entirety. Congressman Larson is right. The NRA did not come. Nor should they. The membership of the NRA hasn’t massacred any students and has no responsibility to engage Congressman Larson’s hysterical cries to ‘do something’. But state organizations like Connecticut Carry do not have a choice. We are under attack by Congressman Larson and others with political agendas.

If Congressman Larson wants to engage ‘the other side’ like he so vehemently talks about, we left him our contact information. He should get in touch with us and learn why the terms he is using are so offensive to the over 100 million citizens of the United States that he will impact with his witch hunt.

When Connecticut Carry President Rich Burgess called Congressman Larson out for his manipulations of the truth and his intent to stir hysteria, the Congressman tried to retreat and assert that he had simply ‘confused his nomenclature’. We know the truth however. The Congressman then followed Burgess’ corrections by trailing off that he would ‘get the numbers and get back to us’. We invite the Congressman to do so; we are sure that he will be surprised to find out how little he knows about any of the issues he proselytized at this forum.

Connecticut Carry is dedicated to advancing and protecting the fundamental civil rights of the men and women of Connecticut to keep and bear arms for defense of themselves and the state as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Connecticut.
 

Contact:                                                    
Richard Burgess
President
Connecticut Carry, Inc
Ph: 203-208-9577
Email: rich@ctcarry.com
http://ctcarry.com



Contact: Rich Burgess
Connecticut Carry
203.208.9577
rich@ctcarry.com
Connecticut Carry

Press Release

Live Panel Discussion on Guns in America

Connecticut Carry Director Ed Peruta will take part in Live Panel Discussion

Connecticut, 12/19/2012:

Connecticut Carry Director Ed Peruta will be taking part in a one hour live panel discussion hosted by Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and WNPR regarding guns in America. Live calls from viewers will be addressed by the panelists.

The panel will take place on Thursday, December 20th between 8 - 9pm.

We would like to thank CPTV and WNPR for once again extending a welcoming hand to Connecticut Carry to discuss the issues so important to us. It is important that we have good pro-rights dialogue at a time when we will undoubtedly also have lots of negative dialogue.

Please tune in, call in and support the panel in discussing relevant matters in an open and frank manner.

You can find channel information for live television on CPTV's website: http://www.cpbn.org/pressrelease/cptv-channel-listing-connecticut-town-oct-2012

You can listen live over the internet: http://www.cpbn.org/listen-live

Join the discussion by calling at: (800) 842-2788

If you missed the broadcast, you can view the recording here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZEQ2aQ5DGM

Connecticut Carry is dedicated to advancing and protecting the fundamental civil rights of the men and women of Connecticut to keep and bear arms for defense of themselves and the state as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Connecticut.

 

Contact:
Richard Burgess
President
Connecticut Carry, Inc
Ph: 203-208-9577
Email: rich@ctcarry.com
http://ctcarry.com

 



Contact: Rich Burgess
Connecticut Carry
203.208.9577
rich@ctcarry.com
Connecticut Carry

Press Release

The Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy

Discussions to be had in the wake of such a tragic catastrophe

Hartford, Connecticut, 12/19/2012:

In the wake of the horrific tragedy that fell upon the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut Carry would like to offer its deepest, warmest, most heartfelt condolences to the victims and the impacted. We have spent a great deal of effort and put our heart and souls into a belief that we hold very dear: To never see a human being that is left defenseless against the whim of a madman. It is hard to not feel failure when you see such a senseless tragedy befall so many innocent and defenseless lives.

We agree with Governor Malloy, “Evil visited this community”. That is truly a simple and harsh reality we all need to face. Evil exists in this world. Evil people do evil things. We all like to think that it cannot happen to us, or that all people are good people. Certainly we want to think that even the worst monster could not do what was done in Newtown that morning. But this is not reality. Many people know this, many people may not. In Connecticut, we have approximately 170,000 pistol permit holders. This gives us an idea that at least the same number must recognize that evil is an inescapable fact of life and the human condition.

We had hoped that the politicians, the pundits and the usual talking heads in the media could have respected the victims and those impacted in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy and not tried to use it for political gain. Surely with the upcoming legislative session we could have frank and open debates about whether or not the inanimate objects used in this tragic crime were responsible for the actions of a madman. However, in the words of Rahm Emanuel: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.” We certainly saw examples all over the place of this when within hours of the event, every politico with an agenda had already come out to loudly profess his plan to penalize and take away the rights of the hundreds of millions of gun owners nationwide because of the incomprehensible and inexcusable actions of a madman. Surely some people crying out for the government to curtail rights might not know enough about the issue and are simply reacting to tragedy with an easy talking point, but it is without doubt that many are making political hay of a tragedy in a despicable manner.

Connecticut Carry stands firm in its convictions and mission statement to protect the right of the citizens in Connecticut to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state. In the emerging narratives arising from this crisis, we see story after story of heroic actions on the part of the teachers and faculty of Sandy Hook Elementary School. One must wonder how the outcome of this tragedy could have been altered had the principal, psychologist and teachers who confronted the madman not been left defenseless while trying to protect such pure and precious dependants.

We have seen time and time again how the inane policies and fantasies of ‘gun free zones’ play out. We have numerous comparisons both recent and past that show marked differences between madmen who have free and unmolested access to disarmed victims and madmen who are confronted by armed citizens who are on the side of good.

We invite the media to continue to engage in the discussions concerning the right to bear arms in Connecticut and nationwide. We also ask that the media take the time to let both sides weigh in on the issue. Connecticut Carry will make itself available going forward to discuss in any venue necessary the right of the citizens of Connecticut to be able to defend themselves with the latest and greatest technology available to them.

This is an important discussion to have and we would be happy to answer questions, engage in debates and discuss the issues, facts and feelings provided the people across Connecticut impacted by this tragedy are respected.

 

Connecticut Carry is dedicated to advancing and protecting the fundamental civil rights of the men and women of Connecticut to keep and bear arms for defense of themselves and the state as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Connecticut.
 

Contact:                                                    
Richard Burgess
President
Connecticut Carry, Inc
Ph: 203-208-9577
Email: rich@ctcarry.com
http://ctcarry.com



Contact: Rich Burgess
Connecticut Carry
203.208.9577
rich@ctcarry.com
Connecticut Carry

Press Release

Seymour Police Department refuses to follow the law

The police department of Seymour, Connecticut has been ignoring our state laws

Seymour, Connecticut, 9/28/2012:

Connecticut Carry has received numerous complaints that the Seymour Police Department continues to demand additional and invasive requirements before they allow their citizens to apply for a permit to carry pistols and revolvers. Further, the Seymour Police Department refuses those applications if a citizen rightfully refuses the demand.

The lack of legal authority for a local police department in the State of Connecticut to invent their own requirements and supplemental forms in the application process has been established in legal opinions dating back to at least 1968 in a published opinion by then Attorney General Robert Killian.

In January, 2010, the Connecticut Board of Firearm Permit Examiners upheld this same legal opinion, extending and clarifying it, publishing it and sending it to all of the municipal police departments in the state, including the Seymour Police Department to the attention of current Police Chief Michael Metzler.

In April, 2012, the Connecticut Board of Firearm Permit Examiners once again upheld this same legal opinion in person in front of Connecticut Carry and the Waterbury Police Department during their monthly meeting.

The Seymour Police Department continues to ignore the Attorney General’s office, the BFPE, the legislature and therefore the people of Connecticut by refusing to issue permits to people who refuse to submit to the burdens that the Seymour Police Department has placed on the permit process while lacking any legal authority to do so.

Connecticut Carry calls on the leadership of the Seymour Police Department to correct these behaviors and to stop infringing on the rights of the citizens of Seymour to bear arms.

Connecticut Carry also calls on First Selectman W. Kurt Miller of Seymour to mandate that the Seymour Police department follow the Connecticut General Statutes. Connecticut Carry has also notified the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners and Attorney General George Jepsen in their official capacities on this issue.

More information on this issue can be found on: http://ctcarry.com/Campaign/PermitRequirements

Connecticut Carry is dedicated to advancing and protecting the fundamental civil rights of the men and women of Connecticut to keep and bear arms for defense of themselves and the state as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Connecticut.
 

Contact:
Richard Burgess
President
Connecticut Carry, Inc
Ph: 203-208-9577
Email: rich@connecticutcarry.com
http://ctcarry.com



Contact: Rich Burgess
Connecticut Carry
203.208.9577
rich@ctcarry.com
Connecticut Carry

Press Release

The Town of Windsor does the right thing regarding background check fees

Courage in face of the state is not always easy

Connecticut, 8/2/2012:

In response to Connecticut Carry’s challenge to the State’s power to charge $50 USD for background check fees and our subsequent Demand to Cease and Desist the collection of the unlawful fees; the Town of Windsor has done the right thing and issued a letter to their pistol permit applicants. The letter is given out to pistol permit applicants and informs applicants of our challenge to the fee and what applicants who refuse the fee may expect.

This is an important step in our process of removing this unlawful fee that is used as a hurdle to the rights of citizens here in Connecticut.

Connecticut Carry would like to thank the Town of Windsor for issuing this letter to pistol permit applicants and for standing up against an unlawful practice when it is not popular or easy to do so. This letter shows character on Windsor’s side and Connecticut Carry will work with Windsor to make sure their efforts are not in vain.

Connecticut Carry urges other towns to make the same admissions to their applicants and to make sure that towns do not place themselves in positions of liability as agents of the state when the state is breaking the law.

Please note that pistol permit applicants who deny any town the collection of this fee could potentially be turned down by the state, but that they have not lost their right to appeal to the BFPE and that Connecticut Carry is here and prepared to assist with the appeal process whenever needed.

For more information on our stance on background check fees: http://ctcarry.com/BackgroundCheckFee/Fees

Connecticut Carry is dedicated to advancing and protecting the fundamental civil rights of the men and women of Connecticut to keep and bear arms for defense of themselves and the state as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Connecticut.