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Gun restrictions are tight in Connecticut. In fact, they’re some of the tightest in the country. In 2017, Connecticut ranked as the third-highest state for firearm provisions. That year, The Constitution State had 89 firearm regulations on the books, behind only California and Massachusetts, which had 106 and 100, respectively.
Although Connecticut has many laws surrounding firearms, there are just as many myths floating around about those regulations. So, what are the laws on firearms in Connecticut, and what are the myths? Perhaps more importantly, what are the truths behind those misconceptions? As a West Hartford weapons charge attorney, I can help you understand common facts & myths about gun laws in Connecticut.
If you are thinking about purchasing a firearm or already own one, it is crucial that you understand the laws on firearms in Connecticut. Below are some of the most important gun control facts you need to know about Connecticut.
It’s important to understand the facts about firearm ownership in Connecticut. It’s also important to know the myths that are out there, and the truth behind them.
Myths come from a number of places. Most of the time, they stem from someone simply not fully understanding the gun laws in the state. According to The Washington Post, some of the biggest myths include:
While there are many more myths surrounding firearms and gun violence, these are some of the most common. It’s important to understand them in order to understand the way firearms are sometimes viewed in society.
It’s important to know the answers to common questions about gun ownership in Connecticut so you don’t unintentionally break the law.
A gun permit is a document that allows you to carry handguns in the state of Connecticut. When carrying a gun outside of your own property, you must also carry your permit.
To obtain a gun permit, you must pass a state-approved course in handgun safety and use. You must also undergo a criminal history record check, and the official issuing you a permit must determine that you are a suitable person to have a permit. The law does not specify what constitutes a suitable person.
Gun permits allow you to carry a handgun with you on or off your property, with some areas such as elementary schools restricted. An eligibility certificate allows you to acquire guns, but does not permit you to carry them off the property of your home or business.
In Connecticut, law enforcement officers and military personnel are allowed to own and carry assault weapons when they are on duty. If you have a Certificate of Possession issued by the Special Licensing Firearms Unit, and assault weapons are listed, you can also own an assault weapon.
Currently, you cannot. You had to apply for a certificate prior to January 1, 2014.
You have 90 days to sell it to a licensed gun dealer. If you cannot or choose not to do that, you can render it permanently inoperable. Selling it to an out-of-state dealer or turning the weapon over to a law enforcement agency are also options. If you do not take any of these steps, you risk being charged with a felony.
Even when they know the law and try to abide by it, people still sometimes face charges. If you’ve been charged with a weapons crime, contact me, West Hartford criminal defense lawyer Erin Field, at Field Law Office, LLC, today.
I am passionate about standing up for the rights of those facing gun charges, and I will build a solid defense for you. Get a free consultation today.