(WFSB) - A local group is taking the state to federal court this week.

They claim the governor is violating people’s second amendment rights.

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League filed a lawsuit back in 2020 after the state halted fingerprinting because of COVID.

A judge ordered fingerprinting resume immediately. Now, the CCDL is heading to court again.

"If you’re a gun store, you make money, you earn your living selling guns, and [if] you can’t sell guns, you’re shut down," attorney Doug Dubitsky stated.

The CCDL says firearm stores are struggling, because of two new systems the state has put in place and they’re filing an emergency motion in federal court to fix it.

One is a new fingerprinting system. The group says local police departments are having difficulty with the software and haven’t been trained on it.

The other is a new firearm purchase approval system.

When someone wants to buy a gun, firearm licensees have to call the state through the system to get approval, but they say that system is down.

"Currently, that system has collapsed. Right now, there are stores that are calling literally thousands of times," Dubitsky said.

Eyewitness News spoke with one store owner who asked to remain anonymous.

He says the approval system is back up and running, but in the last five days, he only got connected twice.

He also says customers are experiencing two to three hour waits.

"There are FFLs and shops in the state that are being deeply hurt," CCDL President Holly Sullivan stated.

Brian Foley with Connecticut State Police says while the fingerprinting software is being updated, police departments can still use fingerprinting cards.

When asked about the approval system, he says it’s up and running and they’ve increased staffing.

He says he understands the frustration, but they needed to replace an old system.

The CCDL will take their concerns to court on Friday.

"It is unacceptable for any of our rights to be halted in such a way," added Sullivan.

Foley says they’ve had an unprecedented number of firearm sales last year and this year, which puts even more strain on the system.

We reached out to Governor Lamont’s office and they declined to comment.

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(7) comments

Patriot joe

Just another way the dem gun grabbers can slow down conn residents from exercising their second amendment rights we should bring up to the ct court how their restictions on certain types of guns is unconstitutional and should be brought in front of the Supreme court just like they did in California the state has no legal right to ban anytype of firearm

Brian C. Duffy

The 'clingers' need to swap their guns for vape pens and CT will be a lot safer and healthier.

Brian Duffy ~~ Tariffville, CT

Patriot joe

Seems like you already smoke to much clouding your thinking process if they took your rights away to smoke your dope you would be screaming bloody murder lets see you defend your family with a vape pen

Dan7543

So, considering the criminal justice system uses fingerprints to identify criminals, why is it a bad thing if gun sales have a link to and easy way of finding out if a potential purchase is going to a criminal? The CCDL can't actually be saying they don't care if a criminal gets a firearm, can they?

TaurenTom

The CCDL is not saying don't fingerprint. They're suing because the system was changed without training being involved for the officers whom are responsible for the equipment which is causing undue delays in a system that is already clunky and hardly works. Then there's the problematic state approval system which has only become a bigger disaster during the lockdown/post lockdown stage as it is either never up, or the wait time is hours before you actually reach the automated system's menu or an operator.

Dan7543

But, rights are not "being halted." It is just delayed. Payments can still be processed during the wait time and if someone is rejected, the price can be refunded. Mountains and mole hills.

TaurenTom

No, payments cannot be processed during the wait time. You may NOT sell any firearm in the state of CT without first completing a background check (this is handled by the state's automated system). Selling a firearm willingly (aka taking any form of legal tender to process the sale) without the background check is a crime.

In regards to the fingerprinting, the only thing that delays is first time pistol permit applications. Now some of those first timers may be legitimately getting them for self defense reasons (have a standing No Contact order against a violent ex or whatever they may have). And they are now subject to being blocked until the system is fixed. And because not all communities are on the same page on the firearms policies, state has one system overall, but each town has their own and some towns/cities actually stipulate a max time period to apply of only a couple months after completing your NRA certified instructor Basic Training and Live Fire course, there are legitimate denial of services concerns due to these system changes and the lack of service they are causing.

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