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

Connecticut General Statutes

CT Assault Weapon Statutes (Much of Chapter 943 is relevant. Selected sections linked below)
  • Sec. 53-202. Machine guns
  • Sec. 53-202a. Assault weapons: Definitions.
  • Sec. 53-202b. Sale or transfer of assault weapon prohibited. Exemptions. Olympic Pistols. Regulations. Class C felony.
  • Sec. 53-202c. Possession of assault weapon prohibited. Exemptions. Class D felony.
  • Sec. 53-202e. Relinquishment of assault weapon to law enforcement agency.
  • Sec. 53-202f. Transportation and transfer of assault weapon. Authorized actions of gun dealer, manufacturer, pawnbroker or consignment shop operator.
  • Sec. 53-202g. Report of loss or theft of assault weapon or other firearm. Penalty.
  • 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
Registration of Certain Offenders (Chapter 969a)
  • Sec. 54-280. Definitions. Registry of offenders convicted of offense committed with a deadly weapon. Suspension of registration. Registration information. Notification protocol. Confidentiality.
  • Sec. 54-280a. Registration of person convicted of offense committed with a deadly weapon. Personal appearance requirement. Penalty.
  • Sec. 54-280b. Registration information.

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. Fines deposited in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund. Suspension of hunting license. Forfeiture of hunting weapon. Prima facie evidence of hunting.

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. Reinstatement of 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. 29-36g. 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. Reinstatement.
  • Sec. 29-37i. (Formerly Sec. 29-37c). Responsibilities re storage of firearms.
  • Sec. 29-38c. Seizure of firearms and ammunition from person posing risk of imminent personal injury to self or other.

Fisheries and Game

  • Sec. 26-73. Hunting on Sunday. Bow and arrow hunting of deer on private property.
  • 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)

  • Soto v. Bushmaster Firearms Int'l, UWY-CV15-6050025-S)
    (Congress, through the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act has broadly prohibited lawsuits against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms for the harm solely caused by the criminal or unlawful use of firearm products by others when the product functioned as designed and intended. The present case seeks damages for harms that were caused solely by the criminal misuse of a weapon by Adam Lanza. Accordingly, this action falls squarely within the broad immunity provided by the PLCAA.)

U.S. Supreme Court Case Law

  • New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, 597 U.S. ___ (2022)
    ("The State of New York makes it a crime to possess a firearm without a license, whether inside or outside the home. An individual who wants to carry a firearm outside his home may obtain an unrestricted license to "have and carry" a concealed "pistol or revolver" if he can prove that "proper cause exists" for doing so. N. Y. Penal Law Ann. ยง400.00(2)(f ). An applicant satisfies the "proper cause" requirement only if he can "demonstrate a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community."

  • Held: New York's proper-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense.")
  • Voisine et al. v. United States 136 S. Ct. 2272 (2016)
    ("In an effort to "close [a] dangerous loophole" in the gun control laws, United States v. Castleman, 572 U. S. ___, ___, Congress extended the federal prohibition on firearms possession by convicted felons to persons convicted of a "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence," 18 U. S. C. 922(g)(9). Section 921(a)(33)(A) defines that phrase to include a misdemeanor under federal, state, or tribal law, committed against a domestic relation that necessarily involves the "use . . . of physical force." In Castleman, this Court held that a knowing or intentional assault qualifies as such a crime, but left open whether the same was true of a reckless assault.
    Held: A reckless domestic assault qualifies as a "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" under 922(g)(9).")

  • McDonald et al. v. Chicago et al., 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.")

  • District of Columbia et al. 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.")

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