HARTFORD – State Rep. Brian Ohler (R-North Canaan) has gained information that the Connecticut State Police Special Licensing and Firearms Unit (SLFU) has a backlog of roughly 21,500 firearms purchases or transfers, meaning that they are not logged in the state database.
Ohler, who was recently named Ranking Member of the Regulations and Protection Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee, questioned the Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) regarding the database at a Public Hearing held on Friday, February 23rd.
“When I asked about a specific number of transfers or purchases that had yet to be logged, the answer was shocking. Even if the answer was a couple of hundred transactions, it poses a major public safety threat. The fact that it’s into the thousands is really doing a disservice to the law abiding citizens in the Northwest Corner and across Connecticut,” explained Ohler.
Photo (left to right): State Rep. Brian Ohler, Karen Jarmoc (CCADV Chief Executive Officer), State Rep. Pam Staneski, State Rep. William Petit.
HARTFORD – State Representative Brian Ohler (R-64) attended the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) press conference at the Legislative Office Building on Friday, February 23rd. Legislators from all four legislative caucuses were present to support CCADV’s call to implement a dominant aggressor provision within the existing state laws dictating arrest protocol in cases of family violence.
“Due to the mandatory arrest provision the dual arrest rate in the State of Connecticut is nearly three times the national average. When an individual is aggressive or violent, law enforcement has to make real-time decisions. However, a dominant aggressor provision would immediately lessen the amount of dual arrest intakes, lessen the burden on our judicial system, and ultimately provide victims with blanket of courage to call for help and report these crimes” explained Rep. Ohler.