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Fairfield, Westport Police Chiefs Oppose Concealed Weapon Proposal

Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas, left, and Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara sign a letter opposing the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.
Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas, left, and Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara sign a letter opposing the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. — The police chiefs of Westport and Fairfield have signed a letter written by law enforcement personnel that opposes the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

The bill, which is now being considered in Congress, would force Connecticut police departments to honor the concealed carry weapons permit from every state.

This would mean that those with a pistol permit would be free to cross state lines with a firearm on their person.

“This is very dangerous for the public and our officers,” said Westport Chief Foti Koskinas. “Here in Connecticut we require in-depth background checks and firearms safety training. We would now be forced to allow individuals to carry guns from states that may not employ these rigorous requirements.”

Fairfield Chief Gary McNamara also signed the letter.

“Our police chiefs are in a unique position to inform Congress about this dangerous threat to our officers and to public safety,” Koskinas said. “We hope these concerns are taken seriously by our elected officials when voting on this bill.”

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