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Woodbridge, CT Looks to Curb Gun Rights

June 28, 2017 By Staff
Woodbridge, CT Looks to Curb Gun Rights

Connecticut's restrictions on magazine-size, and other popular gun styles has cemented the state's label as anti-gun.

Town leaders in Woodbridge, CT have taken some major steps to restrict their residents’ gun rights. The town leaders passed an ordinance prohibiting guns on all town-owned property.

A violation of the new law would bring on a fine of $500 and possible jail time:

While the local law sets a fine of up to $500, anyone violating it could also face stiffer penalties, including jail, Lawlor said, because the state has a law against carrying handguns where prohibited, and a violation is punishable by a fine of up to $500, imprisonment for up to three years, or both, and forfeiture of any handgun found in the violator’s possession, Lawlor said.

The move has prompted frustration and promises of legal action by the gun advocate group Connecticut Carry. The new ordinance would be an unprecedented restriction applied by any municipality to legal gun owners, gun advocates argue.

This isn’t the first time Connecticut’s leaders have looked to curb gun rights. Earlier this year Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) promised a massive increase in permit fees, hoping to balance the budget in part on the backs of the state’s gun owners:

The Democratic governor wants to quadruple the five-year renewal fee for pistol permits from $70 to $300 as part of his plan to offset a budget deficit estimated at $1.7 billion in the next fiscal year.

Connecticut’s restrictions on magazine-size, and other popular gun styles has cemented the state’s label as anti-gun. These actions have led to the formation of groups like Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL), who wish to push back on restrictions. As of 2015, the grassroots organization boasts over 20,000 members.

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) is a non-partisan, grass roots organization advocating for the right to keep and bear arms (RKBA) in Connecticut. Formed in 2009 and headquartered in Groton, CT the CCDL boasts over 20,000 members statewide as of December 2015.

The state benefits immensely from the U.S. defense sector boosting major gun manufacturers like Colt, Mossberg and Sturm Ruger in the state. Despite these economic benefits, and the state’s rich history of arms manufacturing, some of Connecticut’s leaders appear steadfast in restricting gun owners’ Second Amendment rights, the most recent example being in Woodbridge, CT.