Connecticut is at it again. Shady lawmakers stepping on your rights when you’re not paying attention.
Here’s the thing. Gun control isn’t always about legislation. Sometimes it’s about government making it more difficult to exercise our second amendment rights. The State of Connecticut is doing it again, and few people even know about it.
As a Federal Firearms Licensee (gun dealer) here in CT, I received an automated call alert from the CT Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Special Licensing Firearms Unit (DESPP/SLFU) telling me that beginning August 6, 2018, authorizations will only be open until 5pm Monday – Friday.
Here in CT, every legal firearms transaction must receive an authorization number from SLFU after they run an instant background check. This typically takes just a few minutes when calls are placed at non-peak hours. On a weekend at mid-day or late in the day, you can call for well over an hour and get just a busy signal.
Currently, citizens or dealers call the same number up until 7pm weekdays. But now for some reason (the likely excuse is budget) we can only call until 5pm.
As a firearms dealer, I can tell you that probably 70% of my business is done between 5-7pm because that’s when people get out of work and can come pick-up their gun.
Our already not gun-friendly, not business-friendly state is further crippling legal commerce.
The national instant check system (NICS) never sleeps and it should be available to lawful, highly licensed and regulated dealers such as myself to access without needing to go through the state at all. It is, after all, a NATIONAL system. When is our State going to wake-up and help rather than hinder business?