Persons convicted of felonies and select other crimes, as well as those who fit various psychiatric statuses, are ineligible to possess any type of firearm, as set forth in 53a-217c. This is called Criminal Possession of a Firearm. Most states and the federal government have similar laws. The federal law is codified under 18 U.S.C. 922(g). Criminal Possession of a Firearm in Connecticut is a C felony, which is punishable by up to ten years of jail, two of which cannot be suspended (mandatory minimum), as well as a near-mandatory fine of $5000.00.
There are many other firearms laws, state and federal, in addition to those mentioned on this page. One should not possess or use a firearm without proper training and a thorough understanding of the applicable law.
Carrying of Dangerous Weapons
Weapons other than guns are also highly restricted. Sec. 53-206 prohibits the carrying of dangerous weapons on the person. Such weapons include switchblades, long knives, brass knuckles, blackjacks and numerous other instruments within the statute’s broad language. Sec. 29-38 further prohibits the possession of such weapons in motor vehicles. Similar to the firearms laws, there are exceptions in the statutes.
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