Attorney threatens legal action to stop gun range

New London

The attorney for the Griswold residents who want to keep a proposed state police gun range out of their town may take legal action against the state.

“It just doesn’t pass muster on so many levels,” said Attorney Tim Herbst of Cohen & Wolf P.C.

He has put Governor Dannel Malloy and other state leaders on notice. In a letter sent Wednesday, he asked them to cease and desist any further action to purchase the Griswold property off of Lee Road while Malloy is in office.

“We’re going to fight fervently on behalf of our clients to make sure that nothing happens between the Wednesday after the election and the first Monday in January when our new governor is sworn into office,” said Herbst.

He ran for governor himself earlier this year, which was when he first learned about the Griswold property and concerns of residents.

It costs too much,” said Herbst. “It’s isolated. It’s going to drive up police overtime costs.”

Arguments for a more centrally-located facility have been made before, but to no avail.

The state has already reached a deal to buy the 113 acres for $1.1 million, but it’s waiting for an environmental impact study to be complete before it does so.

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Herbst is hoping that doesn’t happen before the governor’s term is up. In any case, he’s not taking any chances.

If he doesn’t hear back from the governor in a week, his firm, Cohen & Wolf P.C., will take legal action and seek an injunction against the purchase of the property.

“What I’m trying to do is make sure no last-minute decisions are made when an administration has one foot out the door,” said Herbst.

He says he’s counting on gubernatorial candidates Bob Stefanowski and Ned Lamont to keep their word. 

 “Mr. Stefanowski and Mr. Lamont have both indicated that they are opposed to the acquisition of this property in Griswold,” said Herbst.

The state plans to bond about $7 million to build the facility once the land sale goes through. 

“With ten weeks left to go in Governor Malloy’s administration, it is not fair to saddle his successor with this very significant cost,” said Herbst.

The governor’s director of communications tells News 8 they have not yet had a chance to review the letter but can say this project is about ensuring public safety which requires a well-trained state police force.

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