A Branford attorney has uncovered a legal and legislative technicality that he says has rendered the state’s new gun law null and void. In an exclusive interview set to air Sunday on “Face the State with Dennis House” on WFSB-TV, Peter Sachs says state lawmakers made a key mistake in their rush to get a bill passed, that he claims will leave them no legal choice but to begin the whole process over again.
Sachs also works as a private investigator and generally remains behind the scenes, until now. He is well known to government authorities for his work in helping track down fugitive killer Adam Zachs in Mexico, who was captured in 2011 after 20 years on the run.
Relying on a stack of documents, Sachs told me when leadership in the general assembly brought the measure to lawmakers they did so by emergency certification, which is meant to speed up the process to pass a bill when an emergency calls for it. According to Sachs, state statute requires the speaker of the house and senate president to provide the facts in writing as to why an emergency certification is needed, something Sachs says Brendan Sharkey and Donald Williams never did.
“I believe what they (lawmakers) are going to have to do is start from scratch…the law was not valid. In my opinion the governor basically signed a blank piece of paper,” Sachs said.
Sachs also said this could impact other laws, too. Some lawmakers we spoke to today after the taping, said they want to wait until the Sachs interview airs on Sunday.
You can watch the entire interview this Sunday morning at 11 on Face the State only on Channel 3. Also joining us this Sunday is Hartford Courant business columnist Dan Haar, who talks about the future of the state’s gun industry in the age of this new law.
Sunday’s Face the State flashback has a vintage look at gun control: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/face-the-state-flashback-gun-control-in-1968/
Watch the segment with Sachs here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8769156
Watch the segment with Haar here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8769164