Rachel Baird and Associate

 Investigator Edward Peruta

  • A United States Marine Corps combat veteran during the Vietnam war and a former Wethersfield Police Dispatcher and Police Officer, Ed Peruta is no stranger to government policies, regulations, and red tape.

    Upon leaving the Wethersfield Police Department in late 1971, Mr. Peruta became involved in local, state, and federal issues which eventually led him to form American News and Information Services, a news gathering organization. In 1991, American News expanded to Cable Television productions on the Cox Communications system.

    Mr. Peruta's involvement in Second Amendment issues began in the summer of 2007 though several firearm-related cases in the state of Connecticut. Since 2007, Mr. Peruta has been associated with Attorney Rachel M. Baird's office in Torrington, Connecticut. He currently serves as Legal Investigator for Attorney Baird.

    In addition to his work in Connecticut, Mr. Peruta is a plaintiff in the case of Peruta v. San Diego which arose from his failed application to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Mr. Peruta filed a federal cause of action alleging Second Amendment violations against the County in the denial of his permit application based on unconstitutional restrictions imposed on the right to carry outside the home.

    On February 13, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided in a landmark decision that Mr. Peruta (and Californians) do not need to show 'good cause' in making application for permits, effectively forcing California counties to become "shall issue" instead of "may issue" jurisdictions. 

    Posted: 1/26/2014