Connecticut: "Show Your Papers" Petition

House Bill 6001 would require the holder of a handgun carry permit to present the permit to law enforcement upon request; and House Bill 6200 would require the holder of a handgun carry permit to present the permit to law enforcement on request if the handgun becomes visible.

The Fourth Amendment allows police to stop and briefly detain a person to investigate only if the officer has a reasonable suspicion, supported by articulable facts that criminal activity is occurring.  This is why Connecticut law requires that officers must have a “reasonable suspicion” that a crime is being committed before they may request proof of a permit.  These bills infringe on the rights of those who choose to exercise their Second Amendment right to Keep and Bear Arms, while doing nothing to deter criminals.

Sign the petition and keep your Fourth Amendment Rights intact!

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  • Dwight Shelomis
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  • Gary Manson
    I look at this way, how long is the Governor going to gouge the middle class people especially people who try to be legal?
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  • Richard Aaboe
    The state of CT is controlled by such a disgusting left wing agenda, I’m moving to Montana. That’s all the tax and spend Dems know how to do. May they all go bankrupt. They’ve ruined what was a great state.
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    Sign the petition: Connecticut: "Show Your Papers" Petition
  • Robert Amirault
    I am deeply opposed to H.B. 6200 & 6001, “AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT”, as I was similarly opposed to prior efforts to curtail my rights under the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution.

    In order for a police officer, or anyone else to detain an individual, there simply must be a “reasonable suspicion” that a crime was committed, is being committed or is about to be committed. There needs to be a reason, and while a lower standard than probable cause per Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968), it is a standard not met within HB 6200.

    An individual lawfully carrying a firearm, while alarming to the misinformed, is simply obeying the law and engaged in that lawful activity.

    When an officer pulls over a driver, it’s for a reason, and not simply that they were diving.

    If a person is about to walk into a polling place, an officer can’t simply demand to see identification, on the speculation that such person may be ineligible to vote.

    “That subsection (b) of section 29-35 be amended to require individuals who are openly carrying a firearm to show their permit to law enforcement officers if asked and if the firearm is visible.” Provides absolutely no requirement as per the SCOTUS ruling referenced (Terry v. Ohio), and eviscerates even that lower standard.

    It also introduces a notion of profiling, and unequal requests of individuals, and I expect that Black citizens would be disproportionately requested to be detained and “show their papers”, without any cause, save for the individual obeying the law in a lawful carry situation. The proposed change “if the firearm is visible” is vague, though you believe it’s not. What if a concealed carry “prints” or if an officer stops someone out of the blue for observing something that might possibly may be or could be a weapon.

    You all took that oath, the obligation to uphold the Constitution. In opposing HB 6200, you make good on that oath, and especially given the Terry ruling. “reasonable suspicion” is the law of the land. Keep it that way!
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