A 25-year-old Bristol man is suing that town’s police chief over the denial of a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Jarren R. Gendreau is challenging Bristol’s permitting policy in federal court, arguing it violates his constitutional right to bear arms by conditioning approval on a “proper showing of need” to carry a handgun in self defense.

He asks U.S. District Judge John J. McConnell Jr. to direct Chief Josue D. Canario to issue the permit and to bar the police chief from denying future permits on the similar grounds, namely that an applicant has not shown “good reason to fear an injury.”

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