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Stamford Democrats Push For Connecticut Open Carry Law Revision

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Democratic lawmakers in Stamford, Connecticut, want the state to consider revising its law to require gun owners to present their carry permit when requested by police.

Connecticut is a licensed open carry state. A permit allows the carry of handguns in plain sight or concealed any place that is not considered off limits under state law — such as schools and during legislative events.

City Representatives Jeffrey Stella, Rodney Pratt and Jeff Curtis are co-sponsoring the move to require a gun carry permit check by police. They said police are powerless right now in ensuring that a gun is legally held.

Tim Shaw is the Stamford police chief. He supports the resolution and said the revision would help law enforcement ease public concern in certain open-carry situations.

This is not the first time Stamford has advocated for this change, but the previous bill in 2017 failed to get out of the state Judiciary Committee despite support from local organizations.

Clare is a former news fellow with WSHU Public Radio.