Hartford Mayor Opposes Residents Carrying Weapons for Crime Prevention

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Hartford, Connecticut’s Mayor Arunan Arulampalam (D) is speaking out against residents of a predominately black community for arming themselves to combat violent crime.

The New York Post reported that approximately 40 residents have organized themselves as the “Self-Defense Brigade.” These armed residents patrol their neighborhood streets at night and monitor homes and businesses using drones.

Lewis mentioned that every member of the brigade possesses a concealed carry permit and carries their firearms legally.

Mayor Arulampalam issued a statement condemning the group of armed citizens, stating, “Our community has experienced so much pain and trauma, and what we need is for those who love this city to do the hard work of healing that pain, not walking around our streets with guns trying to take the law into their own hands.”

AWR Hawkins
AWR Hawkins
AWR Hawkins is one of the preeminent 2nd amendment journalists having racked up a series of high profile awards in the space. The Second Amendment Foundation named him Journalist of the Year 2015; Gun Rights Defender of the Year 2016; and Journalist of the Year 2017. He was named 2019 Journalist of the Year at the 34th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference, and Gun Rights Defender of the Year at its 2020 conference.

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