CT lawmakers debate recognizing out-of-state gun permits
Connecticut lawmakers on Wednesday debated recognizing gun permits from other states, but critics of the move say that it would make getting a handgun too easy.
Connecticut currently has some of the toughest training requirements for a handgun permit in America.
Sandy Hook shooting survivor Mary Ann Jacob spoke about the issue at a hearing Wednesday in Hartford. She says she worries that states recognized by Connecticut under the change would include Utah, where one can obtain a permit for just $50 and a four-hour class. In Virginia, the class is solely online.
Jacob says the move would let unqualified and potentially dangerous people sidestep Connecticut's strict rules. The proposal, however, would let Connecticut reject states with lax laws.
Bob Montlick, owner of Bob's Gun Exchange in Darien, says he understands Jacobs' point, but he believes most states would not grant a permit to someone who should not have it.
The legislation would only apply to people coming from other states. Connecticut residents would not be allowed to use an out-of-state permit.