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Connecticut Committee Advances Retooled Gun Permit Bill

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Connecticut lawmakers are retooling a bill that would compel individuals to produce their permit to carry a firearm at the request of police.The legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee this week forwarded the updated bill to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

Under the new proposal, a pistol permit holder must produce their permit upon request of a police officer, so long as that officer observes the person carrying a gun in the open. The original bill required permit-holders to produce the document if the officer had "reason to believe" they were carrying a pistol.

Republican Sen. Tony Guglielmo likened the legislation to "hitting a flea with a sledgehammer." He said only a few "provocateurs" have refused to provide police with their permits.

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