More Connecticut Liberalism – Open Carry Edition

"The Peasants Won't Obey Me!"

"The Peasants Won't Obey Me!"

Over at The Agitator, Radly Balko comments on this tale (from an admitted anti-gunner!) of a left-wing apparatchik gone full-retard:

“Mike Lawlor, undersecretary for criminal justice policy and planning for the state of Connecticut, joins the ranks of other public officials who are choosing to simply ignore those rights they don’t believe citizens should have.

“In almost every situation you can imagine this happening in, it qualifies as breach of peace,” he said. “If you walk into a restaurant with a gun it’s almost by definition a breach of peace.”

That results in an arrest and sets in motion a chain of events that usually results in the revocation of an issued pistol permit, he said. And that’s the way it should be, Lawlor said. Anyone who walks into a McDonalds plainly carrying a firearm either intends to alarm people or is irresponsible, he said.

Here’s the problem: If you have a permit, it’s perfectly legal to walk into a McDonalds in Connecticut while plainly carrying a firearm. As Gideon notes, the problem is that too many cops in Connecticut simply don’t know the law. Lawlor’s solution isn’t to educate them, but to come up with creative (and baseless) applications of other laws that allow cops to continue to violate the rights of Connecticut citizens who exercise their right to carry.”

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People like Lawlor (and the bedwetting liberal carpetbaggers that put people like him into positions of power in CT) are the reason I will not open-carry in Connecticut (except in a time of violent civil unrest).

When the law says something is legal, but the people in charge of enforcing and interpreting the law refuse to obey it, what can John Q. Public do about it?  Ever try to force a policeman to write a ticket to someone?  How about forcing a prosecutor to bring charges against someone?

The answer in each case is: there’s not much a citizen can do.  You might be able to write letters and call representatives; the NRA or SAF might have some assistance available; maybe there’s some libertarian equivalent of the ACLU that might go to bat for you.  But in the short to medium term, you are screwed.  You might have to spend time in jailYou might not get your gun returnedYou might have your permit revokedYou might end up with criminal charges.  And in the long term, there is no guarantee that you would prevail; you might have to choose between compromising with a plea-bargain or taking a stand and being punished.  And this isn’t colonial India; you won’t get special treatment as a political prisoner, you will end up in general population in prison.

Lawlor obviously needs to be publicly tarred & feathered, right before he is fired.  And this blatant attempt to defy the law must be slapped down hard, to discourage dictators-in-training like Lawlor.

We (advocates for gun rights) should fight to make open carry legal, and the knowledge of that fact more well-known.  But until the legal environment (and public opinion) are more friendly to open carry, I counsel against the practice in CT and other blue states unless there is no legal way to carry concealed.

 

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3 Responses to “More Connecticut Liberalism – Open Carry Edition”

  1. Marko says:

    Mr. Lawlor is being a horse’s ass. You’d think that an ‘…undersecretary for criminal justice policy…’ might have an idea of what state law is before he runs his mouth.

    OC is LEGAL in Connecticut, despite what he, the governor, Lt. Vance, or anyone else says.

  2. Gunnutmegger says:

    Well, considering the short-bus wonder we have for a governor, I don’t hold out much hope for this apparatchik to get slapped down.

  3. DC says:

    As a Police Officer I was not aware that CT permits are to carry pistols and revolvers not concealed carry permitsuntil recently. If you do choose to walk into a McDonalds as mentioned above with a firearm and cause alarm you ARE NOT breaking the law by causing alarm , because an area of the C.G.S for Breach of Peace stated that causing alarm by those not licensed or privilaged to do so(See Subsection ^ Below). As a Permit holder you are license and therfore can not cause alarm. But please keep this in mind , use your judment because other actions you do could be percieved as threatening. But carry openly as you wish. It is Legal in CT.

    Sec. 53a-181. Breach of the peace in the second degree: Class B misdemeanor. (a) A person is guilty of breach of the peace in the second degree when, with intent to cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, such person: (1) Engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior in a public place; or (2) assaults or strikes another; or (3) threatens to commit any crime against another person or such other person’s property; or (4) publicly exhibits, distributes, posts up or advertises any offensive, indecent or abusive matter concerning any person; or (5) in a public place, uses abusive or obscene language or makes an obscene gesture; or (6) creates a public and hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which such person is not licensed or privileged to do. For purposes of this section, “public place” means any area that is used or held out for use by the public whether owned or operated by public or private interests.