Bridgeport’s eight-member legislative delegation is sorting through a whole bunch of issues in the current session of the General Assembly, including state aid, new revenue sources, school funding and law enforcement matters. State Rep. Steve Stafstrom is sponsoring a bill on an issue that hit close to home in 2016, which would require anyone carrying a firearm to produce a permit when asked by a law enforcement officer.
“This is really a police safety bill. It’s really about protecting our law enforcement officers. Allowing them to do their jobs,” Stafstrom recently told WTNH 8 News. See video above.
About a year ago city police officers asked a man to produce his gun permit in a Subway franchise Downtown. He resisted, citing state law on his side.
Gun right activists see this as an intrusion on law-abiding citizens, but Stafstrom frames it as a police officer safety bill.
Stafstrom has introduced the bill for this session after it failed to pass in the last days of the legislative session last year. As pointed out in the News 8 story, top law enforcement officials support the law change because police are now in an awkward position when citizens call saying ‘there’s a man with a gun near a school.’