In Connecticut, it is legal to carry a pistol either openly or concealed as long as you have a Connecticut Pistol Permit. If you call the police and complain about someone carrying a pistol walking down the street, or running errands at City Hall, the standard reply should be “that would be completely legal to do.” Not the case in Middletown, Conn. today.
A license is required to drive a car. A boating certificate is required to operate a vessel registered in Connecticut. Does that mean law enforcement can pull you over on the road or water to simply confirm you have a license? As far as I know the answer is no, they can’t just pull you over to confirm you have a license or certificate.
The same goes for carrying a pistol in the State of Connecticut. As a matter of fact, the Connecticut State Police sent notice concerning the subject to Capital Police in April 2010 prior to a Second Amendment rally. They were informed they should not ask rally attendees to produce their pistol permit unless they were the subject of a law enforcement investigation for a different reason.
Middletown Police did not get the message. A call was made to police complaining about someone carrying a gun. They were uncomfortable. The article makes no mention of the man “brandishing” the pistol or causing a disturbance. Yet police responded with guns drawn.
A man – who was later identified as a retired state trooper – was surrounded by officers who drew their weapons, police said. After an investigation into the suspect, police found that he had a valid state pistol permit and did not violate any laws.
Exit question: What would have the result been if the man was not a retired state trooper? Middletown Police … what say you? Do you consider it standard procedure to respond with guns drawn when someone is uncomfortable?