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Connecticut police, retailers feeling effects of new gun law

By New Haven Register (CT)

A month after Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the state's tough new gun laws, law enforcement officials still are struggling to keep up with the surge in pistol permits while firearms vendors are trying to cope with being unable to sell certain weapons.

"I feel sorry for the people that are just starting out in this business," said John Longhi, owner of John's Firearms Ltd. in Torrington. "There's a lot of new laws and nobody seems to know what the hell they are."

To illustrate his point, Longhi said a Massachusetts couple came into the Country Club Road store on Friday seeking to buy .22-caliber bullets.

"I told them I wasn't going to sell to them because I didn't want to run the risk of violating laws in two states," he said.

Mike Higgins, co-owner of TGS Outdoors in Branford, said there is a shortage of all types of ammunition in the aftermath of new gun laws in Connecticut and the furor surrounding the national gun debate in general .

"It's so hard to get right now that some ammunition manufacturers have a backlog," Higgins said.

Neither Higgins nor Longhi was certain why ammunition seems to be in short supply.

"Some people are saying it's a big conspiracy by the government," Longhi said.

Comparing history of gun sales at TGS Outdoors is difficult because the store wasn't opened at this time a year ago, Higgins said. But he estimated that with less strict gun laws in Connecticut, his firearms sales would be exponentially larger than what they are now.

"If our state was a free state, I could be making four times what I am now," Higgins said. "I'm just trying to survive, to be a small mom-and-pop shop, which the politicians love to claim that they support. But what they've done is to force me into a small puddle of inventory where I have to fight it out with other business like mine, and that's if I can get types of guns that people are looking for, because there is a real shortage of product."

While firearms dealers are reporting a shortage of ammunition and some types of weapons, there is no shortage in the amount of paperwork that law enforcement officials are dealing with. Local police departments are reporting a surge in pistol permit applications, a key step in the lengthy process needed to buy a gun.

"We have been seeing an increase over the past year but the early part of this year has been significant in the amount of requests," said Ansonia Police Lt. Andrew Cota.

Cheshire Police Lt. James Fassano said the town is on pace to top 161 pistol permit requests that it processed in all of 2012. The department had processed 137 pistol permit requests as of last week, Fassano said.

"People want to get them and they want them sooner rather than later," he said.

But getting a state pistol permit is a lengthy process, Higgins said.

"It used to be about three months," he said. "But now it's more like four to six months."

The first step in that process involves taking and passing both written and shooting competency tests, Higgins said. Once someone gets their certificate for having passed those tests, he said, the next step is to apply for a permit with their local police department.

That involves getting fingerprinted and, in some communities, getting a letter of recommendation to show police, he said. The permit application is then sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where an individual's information is cross-checked against a national database to see if they have committed any crimes.

Once the FBI is done processing the application, they send it back to the local police department, Higgins said, which then issues a permit.

If municipal police approve a permit, State Police then must review it to determine whether the individual qualifies for a state permit.

Once an individual looking to purchase a pistol legally gets their permit, they take it to a gun store and select the weapon they want to buy. Before the store owner can sell the gun to the individual, they have to call State Police to provide them with an authorization number found on the permit.

Using that authorization number, a second cross-check is done on the gun purchaser's record, Higgins said.

"Somebody comes into my store today to purchase a pistol with all of the proper paperwork, they're going to spend 45 minutes at least doing everything they need to do before they can leave here with a gun," he said. "Right before the laws changed, I paid someone just to sit on the phone with the state to process the sales because it was taking three hours or more."

State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said the agency has a current backlog of 4,800 state pistol permit applications.

"We clean up some every day and some more come in," Vance said. "It's like throwing sand against the tide."

Fasano said Cheshire officials are waiting to get back about 65 pistol permit from State Police. Cota said Friday he was uncertain how many applications that department is waiting for from the agency.

"I know that we are sending them out when we get them and there are numerous returns coming in every day," Cota said.


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  1. capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
    May 20, 2013 @ 6:31 am

    you get what you vote for!

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    • ctconservativeComment by ctconservative
      May 20, 2013 @ 10:34 am

      I didn’t vote for any of these scumbags. I would imagine that you, like me, are suffering tyranny under Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and the other filth. Are you getting what you voted for?

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    • Scruffy-USN-RetiredComment by kerryp
      May 20, 2013 @ 10:51 am

      I didn’t get what I voted for. I voted Republican, Smaller government, moral standards, less taxes and I sure as hello didn’t vote for obamacareless.

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    • capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
      May 20, 2013 @ 11:22 am

      on the federal level no i am not,but in south carolina they are not anti gun, and are not over run with liberal retatrds.

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    • theophilousComment by theophilous
      May 20, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

      I’m from Connecticut. We did not vote in this government. The election was stolen by voter fraud.

      1 – Instructional ballots, produced by a union lobbying inside of the required 75 foot exclusion zone around the entry to the polling places, were found inside of the voting machines and were counted as valid votes. These were NOT the official ballots issued to the voters by the polling place staff. Naturally all these “instructional ballots” were cast for democrats.

      2 – The polling places in Bridgeport, the largest city in CT by population were forced to stay open two hours longer than was legal, because the democrats did not have the expected number of voter turn up by the 8pm legislatively mandated closing time. The democrats found a judge on election day to say that it just wasn’t fair to make the people of bridgeport follow the laws that apply to eveyone else in the state with regard to when you can legally vote.

      3 – Some voters were given more than one ballot.

      4 – One poll worker was warned by an official observer for the republican party not to mix official and unofficial ballots. The poll worker ignored him and had the police escort him from the building.

      5 – A bag of uncounted ballot was “found” in the basement of a democrat election official. Or was it the trunk of his car?

      Democrats both in Connecticut and Nation wide are engaged in voter fraud.

      When a government makes it impossible to change the government by means of ballots, the only way we have left to do it, it to use bullets. Unfortunately, here in CT, there is a shortage of those as well.

      Each day, I am becoming more and more convinced that we are nearing a civil war, not a war war of words, but a war of blood and death, between the fascist/socialist/progressive democrat party and the people who love god, love liberty and respect the constitution. Democrats, ballots or bullets, the choice is yours. We need Honest and Fair elections in which only those that are citizens by birth or naturalization are allowed to cast a ballot. These ballots need to be fairly and openly counted. One person, one vote, one time. I do not think that this is unreasonable, but I doubt that in CT it would be politically possible.

      Our republic, and our nation is doomed to be struck down by those that would pervert justice for politcal advantage.

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  3. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    May 20, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    Sure sounds like infringement to me. Wonder how long it will take to get a case against the new state laws into the federal courts? Colorado, New York and Connecticut all seem to be making it overly difficult to keep and bear arms. I don’t think these laws pass the “reasonable” test.

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  4. bobComment by bob
    May 20, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    99% of the gun laws already on the books are most likely unable to withstand close constitutional scrutiny and we have no courts willing to defend the Constitution, so anything goes.

    “The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime routinely do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed – where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.”

    Judge Alex Kozinski

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      May 20, 2013 @ 9:38 am

      Even Piers Morgan is coming around on the Second Amendment after seeing the IRS abuse and AP wire tapping. He has decided we gun advocates totally deluded when we argue that the Second Amendment is a necessary barrier to tyranny. And this from a Brit. They outlawed guns in the UK long ago.

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    • southernpatriotComment by southernpatriot
      May 20, 2013 @ 9:55 am

      Quit watching the bloody limey Piers. He not only is a Brit, he is a lying, deceptive Brit. He announced many times that the murder and violent crime rates here in the U.S. was the highest in the world because we had such free gun laws. The violent crime rate in Britain is higher than it is here in the U.S. and they do not have guns. They use knives and other weapons. You can get rid of all private ownership of guns as Britain has done and still not lower your violent crime rate because criminals will find other weapons to use.

      What did the Texas college attacker use? Rifles and shotguns are almost never used in crimes. They are used in defense and in hunting, not crimes. Handguns are used in crimes. Most restrictive laws do not even deal with handguns, but with rifles. Strange isn’t it? It would seem they would want to restrict guns which are actually used in crimes, not those which are not. Leftists and anti-Second Amendment folks do not make sense in any way.

      What ever gun is available for law enforcement, what ever ammunition is available to law enforcement, should be available for law abiding citizens.

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  5. southernpatriotComment by southernpatriot
    May 20, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    Washington, D.C.’s restrictive Second Amendment banning laws took decades to adjudicate and of course the Second Amendment beat the stupid politicians, but it took a huge toll on the good law abiding citizens of D.C. who could not defend themselves against the marauding thugs during those decades.

    It is strange with these Second Amendment restricting leftists. They want us to rely on law enforcement but as the business owner and citizen of Philly recently found out, if he did have have a gun his son probably would be dead now. He shot and killed one invader of his home and the local Philly D.A. was itching to imprison him for having a gun in his home (and using it to defend his son and himself! God forbid!) but found he could not do anything to this courageous and faithful father because Pennsylvania passed a version of the “Castle Doctrine” which completely protected the home and business owner in his use of force.

    Are you protected with the “Castle Doctrine” in your state? If not, contact your state reps. and get one quickly!

    All these Second Amendment restricting states and locales should have a rash of law suits they need to defend and send lawyers to answer in court proceedings. Just hit them with pro bono lawyers filing law suits one after another representing different plaintiffs and objections to aspects to their restrictive laws.

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  6. dogbreathComment by dogbreath
    May 20, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    Hitler pulled this off, and look at the trouble he caused. We better pay attention.

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  8. secondamendment1963Comment by secondamendment1963
    May 20, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    As I read the number of hoops one must now jump through to comply with the new laws to obtain the various permits one needs to be able to own and/or possess a firearm in Connecticut as well as the additional steps and time involved in purchasing a firearm, it occurred to me that the only folks this kind of public safety theater and bureaucratic masturbation is going to affect are the ones that are making a good faith effort to abide by the law and be good citizens. The criminal element will continue to purchase their firearms and ammunition off of the black market in a transaction requiring a few minutes or less instead of the cummulinative months of time that the law requires. This kind of legislation protects no one. It is only a matter of time until the law abiding citizenry rises up and says no more. At least the folks in Colorado have a good deal of the law enforcement community on their side who have filed suit to undo the political chicanery that legislators and Governor in the Columbine State have forced upon its citizens.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      May 20, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

      This is what happens when a tyrannical government exploits a few tragedies to further their own agenda. Look at the knee-jerk reactions by some of these states, yet the federal government is still whining because these ridiculous infringement of Second Amendment rights weren’t legalized at the national level.

      “Some people are saying it’s a big conspiracy by the government,” Longhi said.”

      Yes, it is conspiracy. How did we suddenly find ourselves with severe shortages of ammo? The facts are known–Homeland Security is buying many times more than they have ever bought which prepares the federal government for any action against the citizens and also has the dual effect of limiting the ammunition citizens can purchase. What good is the pistol if you can’t buy the ammo? But Congress accepts denials and lies instead of actually putting a stop to this. How many times have administration officials denied something but it was found later to be true?

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  10. jimpeelComment by jimpeel
    May 20, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

    Here in Colorado, where we still have some trust from our government (which is eroding fast), we go in, select the firearm of our choice, fill out the 4473, wait for the background check to pass, and leave with our firearm.

    No fingerprints.
    No letter from the local PD.
    No waiting for the bureaucracy to grind forward.
    No authorization number.
    No extra FBI scrutiny.

    How do people live under that kind of government?

    When I lived in Massachusetts, I never asked permission to have my firearm. I didn’t apply for an FID card (which was $2 for life when I got there — and then changed to $25/year, fingerprinting, and registration on the state criminal database) and I didn’t register any of my firearms. What is mine is mine; and no one has any right to know what I own — not my couch, not my television, and certainly not my firearms.

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    • Bayushi ZeroComment by Bayushi Zero
      May 22, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

      I live in one of the bluest states in the Union (Oregon), and even we don’t have these ridiculous hoops to jump through.

      Granted, Oregon is one of the last ‘frontier’ states, and we have very good gun laws (outside of Portland).

      It helps that Oregon is an open-carry state, while concealed carry is ‘Shall Issue’ here.

      Unfortunately, sidearms are becoming ridiculously expensive, or I would have one. Doesn’t help that I’m stuck on a fixed income (permanently disabled), which is all the more reason to own one for self-defense.

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  11. darralComment by darral
    May 20, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    Gun control is Treason Read Dr. Edwin Vieira Jr. Essay dare call it Treason. Call it what it is TREASON, Abolish this Destructive Treasonous Democratic Party.

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    • ara5353Comment by ara5353
      May 20, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

      So far Darral, you have placed this same post in at least 10 different articles that I have read in the past week. We get it that you think the dimwitcrats are traitors. Why don’t you try making a comment that actually has something to do with the article? Right now you just sound like an idiot.

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  12. ara5353Comment by ara5353
    May 20, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

    Clearly the government of Conn. doesn’t trust their citizens and the citizens should not trust their government. They need to replace those in power as soon as possible or their liberty will be completely gone.

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  13. sacheveraljames42Comment by sacheveraljames42
    May 21, 2013 @ 4:31 am

    Much of what has been said and posted on this article is right on the money. It reflects the absolute frustration that many of us living in America feel. That frustration is fomented by the complete disregard by Obama and his storm troopers for the laws of this nation as well as the established traditions that over the past 200+ years have made America that guiding light on hill. Unfortunately, all of our constitutional rights and amendments are under attack by this administration. Why should we be surprised when a liberal state like Connecticut, led by a liberal governor decides to throw 2nd Amendment rights out the window? Sure, Newtown was a tragic and despicable act by an evil and, deranged person, but Malloy is a coward who blows with the wind and quite frankly, in my opinion has violated the Constitutional oath he took when he became governor. Is there no one of legal courage in that state who will stand up and be counted opposing the tyranny against individual rights? Are there not at least 1000 patriots in that state who will march against Gov. Malloy’s decision and stand at the Capitol’s doorstep and be heard? What does “Live free or die” actually mean to the citizens of Connecticut? I say, “impeach the SOB and let him eat cake!”

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