Two videos posted on the website Live Leak show discussions between Bridgeport Police and a man carrying a gun about whether the man needs to show them a carry permit when asked.
The man tells police he does have a valid carry permit, and does not have any legal obligation to show the officers.
One video was filmed in a Subway on Main Street. The second clip appears to have been capture in a clothing store. In that clip, the man accuses police of following him, and tells a person in the store his rights are being violated.
An officer at the Subway tells the man police had received a complaint of a man near the restaurant carrying a gun.
Police in each case tell the man that store employees alerted them to the presence of the gun, and the man is refused service. The man, in the second clip, accuses police of coaching people in the store to say they feel threatened.
“I always come in this store, that store,” the man said. “They never say anything to me”
The website CTcarry.com advises gun owners that simply carrying a firearm does not meet criteria police need to detain and search a person.
“The mere fact that you are carrying a firearm unconcealed does not meet the Reasonable Articulable Suspicion (RAS) necessary to detain an individual. Therefore, there is no statutory requirement for a person to provide a pistol permit when they are not otherwise suspected of a crime. Citizens exercising this right should be aware that they are likely to face harrassment, threats and even unlawful arrest by police officers if they refuse to show their permit on demand by police officers. This has occurred previously, and it was ruled that the officer lacked RAS to stop the defendant.”