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December 28, 2022

What is a risk protection order?

A risk protection order can be issued by a judge to prohibit a person from having or buying firearms or other deadly weapons or ammunition. As part of the risk protection order, the judge will issue a warrant for the police to enter into the individual’s home or any other place and take (seize) all firearms, deadly weapons, and ammunition.

The law says that a state’s attorney, an assistant state’s attorney, or two police officers can request the order when they have probable cause to believe that:

  1. a person poses a risk of immediate personal injury to himself, herself, or another person; and
  2. the person has one or more firearms or other deadly weapons.1

For information on how you can ask law enforcement to file for a risk protection order, see What can I do to convince the judge that a risk protection order is needed?

1 C.G.S. § 29-38c(a)

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