(WTNH) – A gun-rights group is suing police chiefs from several cities and towns in Connecticut over their gun permit processes.
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) says the police chiefs from New Haven, Waterbury, Hartford, and Bridgeport effectively ended the ability to get gun permits by intentionally and illegally slowing the licensing process.
They say that violates the Second Amendment.
“The folks involved in this talk until they’re blue in the face about how they support the police and they’re suing our police department, taking away resources from our police department. This group has a history of undermining all responsible gun control legislation. It’s unconscionable,” said New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker.
This lawsuit comes five days after a 14-year-old was shot and killed in New Haven.
“This group has, in the past, opposed common-sense gun safety legislation which enjoyed bipartisan support, such as Ethan’s Law, restricting untraceable ghost guns, and expanded background checks,” said Mayor Justin Elicker. “My priorities are keeping our residents safe – not profiteering for gun retailers and manufacturers. Last week a fourteen-year-old boy was gunned down in our city, this is unconscionable.”
“The New Haven Police Department is dedicated to protecting the safety of our community and our citizen’s constitutional rights, including their Second Amendment rights,” said Police Chief Renee Dominguez. “However, we are also operating in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which requires appropriate safety measures. The New Haven Police Department is working diligently and with new protocols that will help facilitate the processing of pistol permit applications but is also focused on its core mission to keep our community safe.”
The other three police departments being sued say they’re working on a response.