If the abuser has been convicted of a crime, can s/he keep or buy a gun?
If the abuser has been convicted of any of these crimes, it could be illegal to have a firearm in his/her possession. It is illegal under Connecticut state law for a person to possess (have) a firearm or ammunition and s/he can be denied a certificate to carry a revolver or pistol if:
- s/he has been convicted of a felony;
- s/he has been convicted of any of the following misdemeanors committed on or after October 1, 2013:
- illegal possession [of a controlled substance]
- criminally negligent homicide;
- assault in the 3rd degree;
- assault of an elderly, blind, disabled or pregnant person or a person with intellectual disability;
- threatening in the second degree;
- reckless endangerment in the first degree;
- unlawful restraint in the second degree;
- riot in the first degree;
- riot in the second degree;
- inciting to riot;
- stalking in the second degree;
- s/he has been convicted as delinquent for a “serious juvenile offense;” or
- s/he has been discharged from custody within the past 20 years after having been found not guilty of a crime by reason of mental disease or defect.1
In addition, even without a conviction for a crime, if a state’s attorney or any two police officers believe that a person who possesses one or more firearms poses a risk of immediate personal injury to himself/herself or to others, the state’s attorney or police officers can ask a judge to issue a warrant to seize all firearms and ammunition from that person.2 See our Firearms Seizure Law section for more information.
Also, under federal laws, which apply to all states, it is illegal to possess a firearm if a person was convicted of a felony or a domestic violence misdemeanor. Go to the Federal Gun Laws page to get more information.
1 C.G.S.A. §§ 53a-217(a); 29-36f
2 C.G.S.A. § 29-38c(a)