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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2023 ‘Domestic Violence & Firearms in Connecticut.’ Who Can Have a Gun. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 3 December
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Domestic Violence and Firearms in Connecticut
Connecticut does not prohibit individuals convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors from purchasing or possessing firearms or ammunition, unlike federal law.
Firearm Prohibitions for Persons Subject to Domestic Violence Restraining/Protective Orders
Connecticut prohibits the possession of a firearm by a person who knows that he or she is subject to a restraining or protective order that was issued after notice and an opportunity to be heard in a case involving the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against another person.
Connecticut makes a person ineligible for a certificate for a pistol or revolver if that person is subject to a domestic violence restraining or protective order (including an order issued without notice and a hearing) in a case involving the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against such person. Domestic violence is defined broadly.
The restraining or protective order application form must allow the applicant, at the applicant's option, to indicate whether the respondent holds a permit to carry a pistol or revolver or possesses one or more firearms…
Removal or Surrender of Firearms at the Scene of a Domestic Violence Incident
Whenever a peace officer determines that a "family violence crime" has been committed, such officer may seize any firearm at the location where the crime is alleged to have been committed that is in the possession of any person arrested for the commission of the crime or suspected of its commission or that is in plain view. The law enforcement agency must return the firearm to the rightful owner not later than seven days after the seizure, unless the person is ineligible to possess the firearm or otherwise ordered by the court…