Bullies have certain personality traits.

Most are very insecure. They like to prey upon those that they feel are weaker than they are. They have long memories and thin skins, and look for an opportunity to seek revenge for perceived wrongs.

So doesn’t the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection—the agency behind the Connecticut State Police—sound like nothing more than bullies in this instance?

The commissioner of the state’s public safety department has filed suit against the state Board of Firearms Permit Examiners and a Derby man, appealing the return of the man’s pistol permit in what a state prosecutor had called “a nothing case.”

Scott Lazurek, 36, of 21 Burtville Ave., was a security guard who had had his permit revoked by West Haven police in June 2013. Police had stopped him and a friend on the city boardwalk as they carried their loaded pistols in the open.

Lazurek refused to show his permit, which he was later found to have with him. His friend willingly showed his permit.

A charge of interfering with a police officer was dismissed in July 2013, with Assistant State’s Attorney John Barney telling the court that Lazurek “was just stubborn” and “giving (police) a hard time.”

“It kind of was a nothing case. He had no record,” Barney said at the time.

The state firearms permit examiners reinstated Lazurek’s permit on Aug. 1, 2014, after a hearing, writing that they had found Lazurek “to be a suitable person.”

The commissioner of the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection filed suit Sept. 12 to appeal the reinstatement of Lazurek’s permit.

The suit is nothing more or less than a vindictive “contempt of cop” case, meant to punish Scott Lazurek for daring to know the law and his rights and insist that law enforcement officers follow the laws as they are written, not as they would like them to be.

Pistol permit laws require citizens to carry their permits when they open carry a firearm, but do not require citizens to show those permits to police. Lazurek was aware of his rights, and rightly won his case as he broke no laws.

Despite this, state law enforcement is attempting to strip Lazurek of his permit in an overt attempt to make an example out of him.

The article suggests the hand of Michael Lawlor behind this bullying attempt, and that is far from surprising. Lawlor is the undersecretary for criminal justice policy and planning for Governor Dannel Malloy who favors “Minority Report” style pre-crime gun seizures, and who seemed eager to send the state police after the hundreds of thousands of citizens who refused to comply with Connecticut’s blatantly unconstitutional gun registration law.

Malloy is locked in a tight battle for reelection against Republican challenger Tom Foley, who is showing signs of pulling ahead of Malloy in recent polls.