New bill could change state's open carry gun law
A bill being discussed in Hartford could change some of the language of Connecticut's open carry gun law.
Currently, residents with a permit can openly carry a gun, but they must always have that permit on them. Officials say police can only ask to see it if law enforcement has reasonable suspicion that a crime was committed.
The new bill would allow police officers to ask someone for a permit if they see that person openly carrying a gun, in order to verify they are legally allowed to do so.
Some of the push behind the bill stems from an incident about a year ago in Bridgeport, when a man in a Subway restaurant refused to show officers his permit. Lawmakers say similar incidents have happened since.
A number of gun advocates claim the proposed legislation infringes on their rights. Lawmakers who held Thursday's news conference say it's just common sense.
A public hearing on the proposed bill is scheduled for March 15 in Hartford.