Gun shop owner says he supports most of Gov. Malloy’s watch list plan

- FILE - A Bushmaster AR-15 (WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Governor Dannel Malloy said Thursday that he wants Connecticut to be the first state in the nation to ban the sale of guns and ammunition to anyone on a federal terror watch list. Prominent republicans have already condemned the governor’s desires, but you may find it surprising how some gun shop owners are reacting.

“If they’re on a terror watch list, I support it 110%,” said Thomas Imperati, owner the Hunter’s Shop in Branford. “I don’t want to hand anyone a gun if they’re on the list.”

Imperati says in principle he hopes the governor is successful in his efforts, but nevertheless he does admit that he has some concerns with the proposal. He wants officials to make sure those on the no fly list denied weapons do in fact have ties to terror.

“There could be any reason why somebody’s on a no fly list, they could have been loud on an airplane or something like that, that’s not a reason,” said Imperati.

Watch list or not, Imperati tells News 8 business is good. In the wake of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, he estimates the number of customers that have come through his door has jumped 40%.

According to some reports, there are close to 50,000 people on the federal government’s terror no fly list.

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