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.