A man, who was openly carrying a weapon in a Bridgeport, Connecticut restaurant and store, recorded his confrontation with police officers requesting his gun permit which he repeatedly refused to produce.
Connecticut is an open-carry state for anyone holding a valid firearms license.
The first encounter occurred at a Subway restaurant when he was attempting to order a sandwich.
“Why are you requesting my permit?” the man asked when the officer requested that he produce it.
“Because you’re armed in a public place,” the officer answered.
“Is that illegal?” the man asked.
“It’s not,” the officer admitted.
When the officer repeated his request to see the man’s permit, the man continued to refuse and once again asked if openly carrying a weapon was illegal.
“It depends on the situation,” the officer answered. “If you have a legal license, then it’s not.”
When a second officer arrived, the man turned to the first and said, ”Hopefully he knows the law better than you because you clearly don’t know the law.”
The newly-arrived officer told the man to quit playing games.
“We just had a complaint right downtown, a block away,” he told the man. “Now the man is asking for your ID. That’s all he’s asking for. You’re either going to give him your ID or you’re not. Say yes or no.”
At that point the officers informed the man that Subway was refusing to serve him. ”I’m advising you to go home,” the supervisor said as the man exited the store.
“And I’m advising you I can walk up and down the street as I please,” the man replied. “I’m not going anywhere,” he taunted, calling them “d**kheads.”
Watch the clip via LiveLeak.
In a second clip at a different store, the man accuses the officer from the sandwich shop of coaching the shop manager.
“I explained to him that we cannot order you to put your gun away and we cannot order you to present your permit, but as a business owner, if you’re not comfortable with him being in here, you have that option,” the officer told the man.
“They weren’t saying anything until you walked in and said that,” the man said.
The officer admitted that the manager only raised an objection when he was asked if he had one.
“So you guys harass citizens for not breaking the law?” the man asked the officer. “You know there’s real crimes happening in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and you’d rather follow me around. Clearly, if I wanted to break the law, I would not be having my gun open-carry when you guys are around, you know that right? If you go up the street to the projects up there, I’m pretty sure there’s something up there you could do … So now you’re just wasting taxpayers’ money.”
Watch the second video, via LiveLeak.
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