Weapons Charges

Weapons charges–those involving firearms or other weapons, which include but are not limited to knives, blackjacks, brass knuckles and explosives–are very serious. Many are felonies that carry significant prison time. Some even include mandatory minimums–sentences that require a period of imprisonment for a conviction. Despite the severity of these offenses, there are considerable exceptions, defenses and other possible resolutions to them.

Firearms Charges

Among the most common criminal firearms charges are those that involve pistols (handguns). In Connecticut, a valid pistol permit is required to carry a pistol on one’s person or in a motor vehicle. The possible penalty for carrying a pistol on one’s person without a permit, in violation of Conn. Gen. Stat. 29-35, is 1-5 years in prison, one year of which cannot be suspended without a court’s determination of mitigating circumstances. The penalty for a conviction of Carrying a Weapon in a Vehicle is up to five years of prison time but without the mandatory minimum sentence. It is important to note that Connecticut does not recognize permits issued by other states. 

Additionally, there are exceptions to the permit rules mentioned above. These can be defenses to criminal charges.

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Persons convicted of felonies and select other crimes, as well as those who fit various psychiatric statuses, are ineligible to possess handguns, as set forth in 53a-217c. This is a Felon in Possession statute, of which types most states and the federal government have. The federal law is codified under 18 U.S.C. 922(g). The Connecticut charge is a D felony.

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 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.

For more information on Connecticut weapons laws, see the Law Libraries reference page on firearms laws.

Weapons Charges Attorney in Connecticut

Attorney Chris DeMatteo has years of experience defending many clients, including minors, against weapons charges. He will bring his knowledge and experience to your case in Connecticut, and he will work with you to achieve your goals, including reinstatement of your permit.  Contact Chris for a free consultation.