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Connecticut resident sues over handgun ban in state parks

The plaintiff says the complaint filed in federal court in New Haven Tuesday is motivated by the belief that banning handguns from state parks is unconstitutional.

News 12 Staff

Jan 18, 2023, 1:19 AM

Updated 520 days ago

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A Connecticut resident has sued the state, saying handguns should be allowed in state parks.
The plaintiff says the complaint filed in federal court in New Haven Tuesday is motivated by the belief that banning handguns from state parks is unconstitutional.
The plaintiff, David Nastri, and his attorney say other because other firearms are permitted, banning handguns is arbitrary.
"If this were some laws that infringed on your right to vote, there would be no doubt it's the right thing to do. Because this can be an emotional issue doesn't change the fact that this is a right protected by the Second Amendment," said Nastri.
The state's attorney general says he has not looked at this specific lawsuit yet, but that in general more guns in more places is not the solution.
"We have not reviewed the complaint yet and cannot comment on specifics other than to confirm that the Office of the Attorney General will continue to defend our state's commonsense gun safety measures and the state's ability to protect its residents from gun violence. More guns in more public places is not the answer," said Attorney General William Tong.
Sherwood island is just one of Connecticut's 139 state parks and forests.
"The rules of safety apply just as equally we think a safely holstered firearm that never leaves the hip except in an emergency is far safer than hunters being out there," said attorney Cameron Atkinson.


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