Connecticut Carry Fires Back Against Malloy With Common Sense

CT Governor Dannel Malloy
CT Governor Dannel Malloy
Connecticut Carry
Connecticut Carry

HARTFORD, Conn. -( After Governor Dannel Malloy’s announcement this week that he would seek to increase Pistol Permit fees to ridiculous highs, pricing the human right to self-defense out of existence for many in Connecticut, we are firing back.

We are going to show this Governor how common sense and leadership should work, instead of Governor Malloy’s continual mismanagement of state funds and his outright bigoted hatred towards those who possess the means to defend themselves in Connecticut.

It is a lost cause to debate such things with a bigot like Dannel Malloy. Malloy doesn’t care about fixing spending in Hartford, but only about penalizing gun owners further for his personal victim disarmament goals.

We are reaching out to legislators with real ideas that can save municipalities money, save the state money, increase state revenue and make people who apply for a Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers satisfied with their access to legal means of personal safety and self-protection.

And this can all be done right now, instead of taking five years to pan out like the Governor’s proposal.

We propose the following:

  1. Remove pistol permitting responsibilities entirely from municipalities. Currently, the municipalities have a majority of the burden in the application process, and that work is entirely useless in terms of public safety.
  2. All permits would be issued directly, the same day at the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit (SLFU) at DESPP headquarters in Middletown, Connecticut for a flat application fee of $100 which includes the $16.75 IAFIS query fee. No state background check fee (currently $50) is authorized by law anyway, and this is a good time to eliminate that illegal fee.
  3. SLFU already conducts the same IAFIS checks and their own instant in-house state conviction history database search imediately when an application is submitted. IAFIS is guaranteed to return fingerprint results in less than two hours. Pistol permit issuance times are thus decreased from months to a few hours, reducing employee processing expense, time and effort.
  4. Remove any and all ‘suitability’ requirements from the Connecticut General Statutes, which are catch-alls that allow local issuing authorities to deny people their right to armed self-defense on arbitrary and capricious grounds, which are often overturned on appeal at the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners.

Utilizing this simple plan, the legislature could work with Connecticut Carry to remove waste all over the state in municipal and state departments, saving countless amounts of money, retaining the same or increased levels of public safety, and keeping the public safe by expediting their ability to defend themselves.

Connecticut Carry will present this overall plan to legislators in the coming week, and offer our services to help craft the actual legislative package that can be directly presented to fix all of these problems and benefit the state’s treasury in a time of financial crisis caused by Dannel Malloy and his administration.


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  • 16 thoughts on “Connecticut Carry Fires Back Against Malloy With Common Sense

    1. It would seem that democrats are in favor of the criminals, not armed law-abiding citizens. So, if you want to exercise your right to defend yourself, be a criminal. Forget getting permission to buy or own or carry a firearm. And if the Governor / democrats don’t like it, let them foot the bill for a trial followed by room and board for a period to be determined. Meanwhile, you can save your retirement money until you get out. Of course, that presumes they will actually punish you for breaking the law, IF you get caught.

      1. no, $100 is far too high. Remember, this is a RIGHT, to carry about with you the best means of personal securuty. And that RIGHT is in the category of “shal not be infringed”. That means no barriers, hoops, limits, fees, preconditioins, quaifyiing etc. Yes, that means NONE. To hold even the requirement that I physically present myself to a specific place, perform certain prescribrd actions, then PAY A FEE (tax) is to place a prior restraing upon a RIGHT. What, do I have to go down ti City Hall and get a Mother May I Card to write a letter to the local fishwrap?

        That hundred bucks for some means to gas in the tank fo go somewhere, or maybe not quite enough for the table. Maybe wearing a pair of holey shoes for a few more months.

        My state requeres a $65 fee, but nothing more. Works for six years. To keep Leviathan at bay for ten bucks a year, I’ll put up with it.

        Since it is alreadt a crime for a “disabled” (as in, prior felony not yet resolved, certain other convictions, etc that disqualify) aimplw poaawaaion od Firearm by the non-law abiding is aleady a serious crime… most places, carrying without your Mother May I Card is a low level misdemeanour. WHY requrie a permit anyway? I’ve got to tolerate the background check fo get the gun I want to carry already.. why ANOTHER one for the Mother May I Card to carry it?

        There should not even BE a Mother May I Card as a precondition to carry. Anywhere. Thus IF there is one, and a fee, some structure MUST be in place so that a portion of the fee is sset aside so they who are genuinely strapped financially can get theirs free of charge, paid for out of a small percentage from those who can. SOcialism? Maybe… but in this case I think its more the COMMUNITY assuring our “members’ are all able to participate.. the more armed PEOPLE we have, the better “the ecurity of a free state” for all who are within that state.

      2. if the goal is to reduce the deficit because of the governor ‘s and legislature inability to stop spending money then instead of penalizing the few of us who do the right thing by abiding by the law lets just screw everybody and jump driving licenses fees up to $500 then everybody gets it and the next election lets see whos left in Hartford! That is if there are any voters left in the state!

    2. Ps….SLFU and SPBI (the unit that handles fingerprints) two totally different units. SLFU requests fall into the same long line as everyone else. Since I am on topic, thanks to legislative, unfunded mandates, pistol permits is about 1/12th the body of the total workload.

    3. As someone who worked in the SLFU…..your plan is HIGHLY flawed.
      You have no idea the volume for the TWO troopers that deal with just permits in its current form, let alone your plan.. You REALLY need to educate yourself anout suitability. Its kinda like stink… don’t know how to describe it, but you KNOW when you smell it. Do some municipalities use it to avoid making decisions on an applicant, yup, but there is no perfect system. I think CT does a pretty good job with applications and revocations. I feel the Gov IS trying to outprice permits out of the hands of some. I think he is crazy ESPECIALLY since it isnt going back to the permitting system, as is currently in statute, or the defunded mental components that were OH so important in his precious 2013 gun bill, but the general fund….so we can have another useless busway.

    4. I am almost 70 and live on a fixed income. So you can understand that a 300% increase in something means a lot to me and $300 is a LOT of money. I can’t afford new clothes, shoes or cars. Going out once a week to Arby’s is a big deal for us. But we manage.

      I’ve never been arrested, never even been in any serious trouble. I just
      enjoy going to a local range where I practice Olympic style shooting with
      other retired friends. None of us are really good at it anymore, but we
      enjoy trying and each other’s company.

      So I urge that you OPPOSE Section 48 (T1854) and Section 58 (T1938) of H.B.
      7027 that would support the Governor’s proposed pistol permit rate increase.
      By appropriating the funds received from the rate increases you will be
      supporting the pistol permit and application fee increases.

      If passed this would mean an over 850% fee increase for pistol permit
      holders over the last five years. Currently, the cost of Connecticut pistol
      permits is already triple the national average.

      $370 for a new one and $300 for a renewal isn’t going to solve the state’s
      finances. That hole is too deep and this is just another way to make fewer
      people comply with the laws. With over 10,000 unregistered “assault”
      firearms in the state from the last Malloy action, people are NOT going to pay the
      $300. Many simply can’t.

      If you really are concerned about guns and crime, keep it so we CAN abide by
      the law. OPPOSE Section 48 (T1854) and Section 58 (T1938) of H.B. 7027.

      1. If this Jackwad get’s away with something this drastic, he will NEVER stop. This guy needs to be hanged in public, naked and scalpless.

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