New Britain officials have moved a step closer to ending its status as the only Connecticut municipality requiring gun owners to carry weapons openly.
The New Britain Herald and The Hartford Courant report that a council committee voted unanimously Wednesday to endorse a measure letting anyone with a permit carry a concealed handgun.
New Britain now forbids gun owners from carrying their weapons under a jacket, in a purse, behind a coat or otherwise concealed.
Council member Willie Pabon proposed ending the restriction after he saw two men carrying handguns in holsters in plain view walk into a store. Pabon said he called police and was surprised to learn that the men were complying with the city ordinance.
The measure returns to the council for a vote that could be scheduled as early as next Wednesday.
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