With tighter and more restrictive gun laws going into effect, as many as a dozen legislators contacted the State Capitol Police because they were concerned for their safety.

Sen. Edward Meyer, D-Guilford, said he “received several threats,” but he did not want to share the specifics.

Rep. Roberta Willis, D-Salisbury, said she also received several threatening emails, at least one from someone she considered a friend.

One email she received was a picture of a gun, with “two more years” written underneath. She said because her term in office is two years, the email was too nuanced for police to take action.

State Capitol Police Chief Walter Lee and Operations Commander Glen Richards said Thursday that no arrests were made following these concerns raised by “a very small percentage” of legislators.

“We did investigations but nothing rose to the level of a serious threat,” Lee said.

Because of safety concerns, metal detectors were put to use in the entrances to the Legislative Office Building during a recent public hearing on gun-violence legislation, they said. However, Capitol Police decided not to have those detectors present at the entrances of the Capitol Thursday as the gun-control bill was approved by both the state Senate and House of Representatives.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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