Connecticut Judicial Branch:
Criminal Jury Instructions -
Criminal Jury Instructions -
Firearms Permit Examiners:
Department of Energy and Environmental
OLR Research Reports - Office of Legislative Research:
Statutes - 2017-R-0078
Requirement - 2016-R-0328
Summary of Senate
Bill 1094, as Amended by LCO #8513 And #8619 - 2013-R-0247
Summary of Gun
Provisions in Public Act 13-3 - 2013-R-0216
Questions and Answers on Federal Gun Laws - 2013-R-0123
Basic Questions on Firearms In Connecticut - 2013-R-0050
Assault Weapons Legislation - 2012-R-0362
Summary of State and Federal Machine Gun Laws 2009-R-0020
Gun Control and Gun Use Legislation
High Capacity Magazines
Distance from Occupied Buildings - 2014-R-0239
Special Taxes on Guns, Ammunition, and Gun Shows - 2013-R-0034
Online Purchase of Ammunition - 2012-R-0390
OLR Backgrounder: Firearm Preemption Issues: Does Connecticut Law Preempt
Municipal Firearm Ordinances? - 2011-R-0137
The Judicial Branch law libraries hold a number of items which may
be of help to the person researching firearms law. The Subject
Headings below are recommended, and can be entered as subject
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- 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)
Certain Offenders (Chapter 969a)
Sec. 53-202. Machine guns
Sec. 53-202a. Assault
Sec. 53-202b. Sale or transfer of assault weapon prohibited.
Exemptions. Olympic Pistols. Regulations. Class C
Sec. 53-202c. Possession of assault weapon prohibited.
Exemptions. Class D felony.
Sec. 53-202e. Relinquishment of assault weapon to law enforcement
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
Definitions. Registry of offenders convicted of offense committed with a
deadly weapon. Suspension of registration. Registration information.
Notification protocol. Confidentiality.
54-280a. Registration of person convicted of offense committed with
a deadly weapon. Personal appearance requirement. Penalty.
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
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
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
Sec. 29-10a. Use of state police rifle ranges by civilian rifle clubs.
"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
Sec. 29-30. Fees for pistol and revolver permits. Expiration and renewal
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.
Sec. 29-33. Sale, delivery or transfer of pistols and revolvers.
Sec. 29-35. Carrying of pistol or revolver without permit prohibited.
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
Sec. 29-36i. Revocation of eligibility certificate.
29-37i. (Formerly Sec. 29-37c). Responsibilities re storage of firearms.
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.
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
(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.)
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.")
York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, 597 U.S. ___
("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. §400.00(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."
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).")
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
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.")
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms