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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of January 3, 2024

How will a judge decide whether to issue a risk protection order?

When a judge is deciding whether to issue a risk protection order and a warrant to remove a person’s firearms, the judge must consider the person’s:

  • recent threats or acts of violence towards himself/herself or other people; and
  • recent acts of cruelty to animals.1

When deciding if these recent threats or acts of violence provide probable cause to believe that the person poses a risk of imminent personal injury to himself or herself or to others, the judge can consider the person’s:

  • reckless (irresponsible) use, display, or flaunting of a firearm or other deadly weapon;
  • history of use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against other people;
  • prior involuntary commitment in a hospital for people with psychiatric disabilities; and
  • illegal use of drugs or abuse of alcohol.1

1 C.G.S. § 29-38c(c)