HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The head of the state’s largest gun rights group is turning up the pressure tonight on the Governor’s ‘No Fly/No Gun’ proposal. The leader of the over 20,000 member ‘Connecticut Citizens Defense League’ says they are flooding the Governor’s office with e-mails and phone calls condemning the proposal and they’ve got lots of legal ammunition on their belts.
It has been a full week since Gov. Malloy announced, with much fanfare, that he planned to issue an Executive Order banning those on federal government ‘terror watch lists’ from getting gun permits.
The Governor still hasn’t issued his ‘Executive Order,’ but his office says they are in constant contact with the White House on this. The Governor saying, “If we can clarify that we can apply this legally we’re going to do it and we’re going to do it over night.”
“We had a call to action to have our members flood the Governor’s office with e-mails and phone calls to let them know that they don’t want this ‘Executive Order’ to go through,” the CCDL’s Scott Wilson said.
The head of the state’s largest gun rights group is armed with strong legal ammunition. The ACLU and Constitutional law experts that say the government’s watch lists are riddled with errors, and that Malloy’s plan would trample on individual rights to ‘due process.’
“CCDL is just wrong about this. They are so out of step with where the people of Connecticut are,” said Gov. Malloy. Rebutted Wilson, “We feel with the increase in pistol permit issuance and applications across the state of Connecticut and the interest in firearms in general that the Governor is the one who’s actually out of touch.”
The Governor insists that anyone that was denied a gun permit, or had one revoked, would only have to prove that they were mistakenly on the government watch list and that makes his plan okay, “I’ve always said that this has to be subject to appeal, I always said that. I said from day one, and by the way, we have a very robust appeal process in Connecticut.”
But Wilson notes the appeal process is anything but robust as the state ‘Board of Firearms Permit Examiners’ is backlogged now, “The Governor is wrong about ‘due process.’ Right now, as it stands, if somebody’s permit is revoked the are probably going to be out two-and-a-half years or so before they’re able to even get their day for a hearing in the State of Connecticut.”
Wilson also says he’s upset that some Democrats are trying to make a partisan issue about this. He says his organization’s members are planning to start questioning rank and file lawmakers on this to see where they stand.