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.


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