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Legal Information: Connecticut

State Gun Laws

November 2, 2019

How will a judge decide whether to order seizure of a person’s firearms?

When a judge is deciding whether a person’s firearms should be seized (removed), the judge must consider many factors, including the person’s:

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

When deciding if these recent threats or acts of violence give the judge probable cause to believe that a person is at a risk of immediate personal injury to himself/herself or others, the judge can consider other factors, including the person’s:

  • reckless (irresponsible) use, display, or flaunting of a firearm;
  • 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 controlled substances (drugs) or abuse of alcohol.1

1 Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-38c(b)