A statewide gun rights group is accepting Governor Dannel Malloy’s invitation for citizen input on current regulations and is urging its members and supporters to advocate ending the state’s ban on carrying firearms in state forests and parks, the Connecticut Citizen Defense League announced Saturday.
“Governor Malloy is asking for a wide variety of input from the public on current regulations that affect Connecticut citizens in numerous ways,” the group advised. “It is currently a violation of state regulations to carry a firearm for personal protection in state parks and state forests.
“Pistol Permit holders go through training, background checks and pay a lot of money to obtain these permits,” the group explained. “Since the Governor is asking for change recommendations, please take this opportunity...”
Linking to the “Regulation Feedback” page on the governor’s website, the advisory goes on to advise activists about form completion and provides specific sample letter language to request eliminating “the prohibition on the 'carrying of firearms' in Section 23-4-1(c) of the Connecticut Agencies Regulations - Add an exemption to 26-66-2 to allow the carrying of pistols and revolvers (including handguns using center-fire ammunition) for the purposes of self defense.”
While it’s not part of the recommended letter, it wouldn’t hurt -- just to help work up the motivation to send one -- to understand that Gov. Malloy and his family have no need to hike through state forests unprotected, not with “a security detail made up more than 12 State Troopers” that racked up $1.1 million in taxpayer-funded overtime.
Wanting to know more about the effort to at least let those taxpayers protect themselves, and curious as to how the regulatory process to change things works, Gun Rights Examiner approached CCDL President Scott Wilson.
“While the Legislative Regulation Review Committee has been in existence since 1972, it was a November 24, 1982 amendment to the State's Constitution which provided the authority for the General Assembly to adopt the current structure of the committee,” Wilson responded.
“It is the responsibility of the Legislative Regulation Review Committee to review regulations proposed by state agencies and approve them before regulations are implemented,” he explained, including a link to the State of Connecticut “Manual for Drafting Regulations” to provide further detailed information on the process. “This position was adopted since all regulations have the force of law, and it is important that regulations do not contravene the legislative intent, or conflict with current state or federal laws, or state or federal constitutions.
“This joint bipartisan committee is made up of 14 members: 6 senators and 8 representatives divided equally by party,” Wilson elaborated. “In keeping with the bipartisan nature of the committee the chairmanship of the committee changes every two years, pairing either a Senate Democrat and a House Republican or a Senate Republican and a House Democrat as co-chairs.”
The guns in parks issue has been a matter of interest raised in this column several times over the years, including detailing some of the absurd rulings put forth by a Clinton-appointed activist judge to block possessing them in National Parks pending an environmental impact study, and more recently, efforts to keep them out of city parks in Ohio in violation of the state’s preemption laws. The one common thread running through all gun bans establishing false “gun free zones” is that it somehow presupposes criminals will obey the law and that good people who can walk about armed in non-restricted places will suddenly somehow become dangerous and violent when they cross an invisible property line -- with law enforcement being the “only ones” immune to such Jekyll-Hyde transformations by virtue of some property that’s never quite been identified and explained.
For now, all those details and imponderables can be put aside, and a simple recommended action can be taken instead,
“Let's all move on this!! Carry On,” Wilson urged members and supporters on the CCDL Facebook page, asking them to join the effort and send their letters.
That’s good advice for effective gun advocates who agree that just playing defense is only half the effort needed. Those who live in Connecticut will do as CCDL asks, and then prod their gun-owning friends to do the same.
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