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Out-of-state offenders access Connecticut gun permits in state law loophole, court finds

Handguns are displayed on a vendor's table at a gun show in Albany, N.Y., on Jan. 26, 2013.
Handguns are displayed on a vendor's table at a gun show in Albany, N.Y., on Jan. 26, 2013.

A loophole allows some people with out-of-state misdemeanors to get gun permits in Connecticut, according to a decision by the state Supreme Court.

The Hartford Courant reports that the case originated with a Connecticut man who was denied a permit because he was convicted on misdemeanor drug charges in New York. The misdemeanor would have disqualified him from owning a gun in Connecticut.

But State Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald said out-of-state misdemeanor drug convictions don’t prevent people from getting guns, according to a law passed by the state legislature. The court said it was up to lawmakers to close the loop hole.