Basically saying that a law enforcement officer can, at their own discretion, request to see the Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers of any person they see open-carrying a firearm. No crime needs to be suspected. No odd behavior needs to be noted. It is simply up to the officer’s discretion and judgment.
HB-05408 as proposed reads:
Section 1. Subsection (b) of section 29-35 of the 2016 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):
(b) The holder of a permit issued pursuant to section 29-28 shall carry such permit upon one’s person while carrying such pistol or revolver. Such holder shall present his or her permit upon the request of a law enforcement officer [who has reasonable suspicion of a crime] for purposes of verification of the validity of the permit or identification of the holder, provided such law enforcement officer has reason to believe such holder is carrying a pistol or revolver. [that is observed by such law enforcement officer.]
[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]
Two possible responses to this thus far:
- Tell the police you will not show your Permit, as it would be a violation of your Fourth Amendment right, which is: “[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
- Present your Permit upon request
Breaking it down:
On the one hand, by removing the original text of [who has reasonable suspicion of a crime], this proposed bill now becomes one of intrusive government, and it seems very similar to one of tyranny.
On the other hand, since a legally permitted person with an open-carry firearm is breaking no laws and honestly has nothing to hide, why not just show them the Permit, and be done with it.
Personally, I have my Permit in an ID holder on a lanyard that I wear about my neck, for just such an occasion. I surmise that eventually my local police will tire of asking me to present my Permit, after witnessing how cooperative I am, and will commit my face and name to memory for any future interactions. I’ve no beef with the police, and quite honestly I do feel a bit of sympathy for them that they will be put into this position in the first place, through hyper-emotional legislation that was proposed due to the fact that someone, (Dontrell Brown of Bridgeport), in CT with a legal open-carried firearm was breaking no laws.
Illegal guns are illegal; the guns we carry as permit-holding free citizens – as we eat, shop, stroll through town – are not.
The State of Connecticut has vetted us to their standards, and and to their approval.
Simple enough, yes?