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  • Firearms -- Law and legislation -- Connecticut
  • Firearms -- Law and legislation – United States
 

Connecticut General Statutes


Note: Please check the 2014 Supplement to the General Statutes for changes to the chapters and sections list below.


CT Assault Weapon Statutes (Much of Chapter 943 is relevant. Selected sections linked below)
  • Sec. 53-202. Machine guns
  • Sec. 53-202a. Assault weapons: Definition.
  • Sec. 53-202b. Sale or transfer of assault weapon prohibited. Class C felony.
  • Sec. 53-202c. Possession of assault weapon prohibited. Class D felony.
  • Sec. 53-202e. Relinquishment of assault weapon to law enforcement agency.
  • Sec. 53-202f. Transportation of assault weapon. Authorized actions of gun dealer.
  • Sec. 53-202g. Report of theft of assault weapon.
  • Sec. 53-202j. Commission of a class A, B or C felony with an assault weapon: Eight-year nonsuspendable sentence.
  • Sec. 53-202k. Commission of a class A, B or C felony with a firearm: Five-year nonsuspendable sentence.
  • Sec. 53-202o. Affirmative defense in prosecution for possession of specified assault weapon

CT Penal Code: Statutory Construction; Principles of Criminal Liability (Selected sections linked below)

  • Sec. 53a-18. Use of reasonable physical force or deadly physical force generally.
  • Sec. 53a-19. Use of physical force in defense of person.
  • Sec. 53a-20. Use of physical force in defense of premises.
  • Sec. 53a-21. Use of physical force in defense of property.
  • Sec. 53a-22. Use of physical force in making arrest or preventing escape.
  • Sec. 53a-217b. Possession of a weapon on school grounds: Class D felony
  • Sec. 53a-217e. Negligent hunting. Penalties

Division of State Police (Much of Chapter 529 is relevant. Selected sections linked below)

  • Sec. 29-10a. Use of state police rifle ranges by civilian rifle clubs.
  • Sec. 29-27. "Pistol" and "revolver" defined.
  • Sec. 29-28. Permit for sale at retail of pistol or revolver. Permit to carry pistol or revolver. Confidentiality of name and address of permit holder. Permits for out-of-state residents.
  • Sec. 29-28a. Application for permit. Notice of decision to applicant.
  • Sec. 29-29. Information concerning criminal records of applicants for permits.
  • Sec. 29-30. Fees for pistol and revolver permits. Expiration and renewal of permits.
  • Sec. 29-32. Revocation of permit. Notification. Confiscation. Penalty for failure to surrender permit.
  • Sec. 29-32b. Board of Firearms Permit Examiners. Appeals to board. Hearings.
  • Sec. 29-33. Sale, delivery or transfer of pistols and revolvers. Procedure. Penalty.
  • Sec. 29-35. Carrying of pistol or revolver without permit prohibited. Exceptions.
  • Sec. 29-36f. Eligibility certificate for pistol or revolver.
  • Sec. 29-36fg. Application for eligibility certificate. Criminal history records check. Deadline for approval or denial of application. Form of certificate. Change of address. Confidentiality of name and address of certificate holder. Scope of certificate.
  • Sec. 29-36h. Fee for eligibility certificate. Expiration and renewal of eligibility certificate.
  • Sec. 29-36i. Revocation of eligibility certificate.
  • Sec. 29-36j. Purchase or receipt of pistol or revolver without permit or eligibility certificate prohibited. Exceptions.
  • Sec. 29-37i. Responsibilities re storage of loaded firearms with respect to minors.

Fisheries and Game

  • Sec. 26-73. Hunting on Sunday.
  • Sec. 26-86a. Game management. Deer hunting; permitted weapons, locations, bag limits. Consent forms; permits, selection process.

Connecticut Case Law

  • State v. Clark, 264 Conn. 723 (2003)
    (Appeal from appellate court decision; Manslaughter in the first degree; Self-defense; Trial court instructions on defense of self-defense; Judgment of appellate court affirmed, with different reasoning)

  • State v. Abney, 88 Conn. App. 495 (2005)
    (Appeal from trial court; Manslaughter in the first degree; Self-defense; Exclusion of evidence; Improper jury instructions; Trial court judgment reversed; Case remanded for new trial)

U.S. Supreme Court Case Law

  • District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S. Ct. 2783 (2008)
    ("We consider whether a District of Columbia prohibition on the possession of usable handguns in the home violates the Second Amendment to the Constitution.")
  • McDonald v. Chicago, 130 S. Ct. 3020 (2010)
    ("Two years ago, in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U. S. ___ (2008), we held that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of self-defense, and we struck down a District of Columbia law that banned the possession of handguns in the home. The city of Chicago (City) and the village of Oak Park, a Chicago suburb, have laws that are similar to the District of Columbia’s, but Chicago and Oak Park argue that their laws are constitutional because the Second Amendment has no application to the States. We have previously held that most of the provisions of the Bill of Rights apply with full force to both the Federal Government and the States. Applying the standard that is well established in our case law, we hold that the Second Amendment right is fully applicable to the States.")

Federal Law

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