“This bill was not only an unnecessary intrusion, it was advertised as something that it was not.”
That was the summation of a Connecticut gun control bill by Scott Wilson, as reported in the Connecticut Post. Wilson is president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League and his group—some 27,000 members strong—was instrumental in denying the bill a committee vote.
The legislation would have required residents who openly carry handguns to show a permit if asked by police. The measure stemmed from a 2016 incident when a man legally exercising his right to open carry was asked to produce a permit. He refused, stating that the law didn’t require him to. So now anti-gun lawmakers have been trying to change the law.
“The usual gun control proponents have for two years now failed to convince two different committees that there really is a need for what they’ve sought,” Wilson said. “Hopefully as time passes, our legislators will understand more about the issues that plague society, and start addressing the root causes of violence with real solutions.”