“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.”
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 jail. You might not get your gun returned. You might have your permit revoked. You 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.