New Britain. Gun rights. How ironic is that? In “old” Britain a resident cannot buy or own a firearm for self-defense. In New Britain (Connecticut not Papua New Guinea), a resident with a pistol permit can’t conceal carry his or her firearm. They have to display it openly. In the gun-aversive Constitution State (go figure) that’s like trying not to watch as Candice Swanepoel frolic under a waterfall as she shows off her body in a dazzling jeweled bikini. Where was I? Oh yes, that was before. Yesterday, the new Britain Common Council voted 13-0 to approve an ordinance allowing concealed carry. “New Britain was the last municipality in Connecticut requiring residents to carry legal firearms openly,” norwichbulletin.com reports. Winning? Well . . .
The ordinance was revised numerous times by city attorneys since June and was championed by Republican Alderman Willie Pabon. He compared New Britain to the West in the 19th century with gun owners walking the streets with their weapons on full display.
In theory. In practice I bet there wasn’t a single citizen amongst its population of 70k openly carrying a firearm in New Britain Connecticut. Not one. And there’s your bad news. I mean, here it is:
Police officials estimate the number of legal city gun owners to be in the “high hundreds.”
I bet there are hundreds of people getting high in New Britain. But I’m not so sure there are hundreds of residents with a carry permit—especially as it only allowed them to carry openly in their home city.
At least CT residents don’t have to submit three notarized letters of recommendation for their carry permit. Longest journey and all that.