The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) is suing the state of Connecticut over its fingerprinting system.
The pro-Second Amendment group’s argument is that Governor Ned Lamont’s policy represents an infringement on their Second Amendment rights.
Back in 2020, CCDL sued the state after it stopped fingerprinting due to the Wuhan virus pandemic. Per Connecticut law, any individual who wants to attain a pistol permit must submit their fingerprints.
Thanks to CCDL’s constant pressure, a judge ruled that the fingerprinting process must resume immediately. “If you’re a gun store, you make money, you earn your living selling guns, and [if] you can’t sell guns, you’re shut down,” attorney Doug Dubitsky remarked. CCDL claims that firearms stores are struggling to make ends meet due to two new systems the state has recently implemented.
As a result of this development, the CCDL is filing an emergency motion to remedy this situation. One of the systems is a brand-new fingerprinting system, which the CCDL maintains that the system’s software is giving police departments fits because they have not been adequately trained to use it.
The other system that CCDL has taken exception to is the new firearm purchase approval system. In the case that an individual wants to purchase a firearm, Sharon Johnson and Andrew Masse of WFSB noted that “firearm licensees have to call the state through the system to get approval, but they say that system is down.”
“Currently, that system has collapsed. Right now, there are stores that are calling literally thousands of times,” Dubitsky recounted.
Eyewitness News was able to reach out to one store owner who requested anonymity.
He claimed that the approval system is now functioning normally but was only able to get connected twice in the past five days. In addition, the gun store owner claims that customers have to put up with two to three hour waits.
“There are FFLs and shops in the state that are being deeply hurt,” CCDL President Holly Sullivan declared.
Since the Sandy Hook Massacre of 2012, Connecticut’s Second Amendment politics has taken a turn for the worst. Universal background checks, high-capacity magazine bans, and bump stock bans were among the most prominent gun control measures passed in the years that followed Sandy Hook.
As a result of its anti-Second Amendment lurch, Guns & Ammo magazine has Connecticut ranked at an abysmal 45th place for states most amenable to gun owners. Connecticut isn’t going Republican anytime soon, let alone attain a Republican majority with a substantial number of no compromise elected officials in its fold. CCDL has the right idea given the current political circumstances. In other words, gun owners in solid blue states will have to rely on litigation and even local nullification of unconstitutional laws to see any meaningful changes in gun policy.
That’s how the cookie crumbles these days.