Law enforcement authorities and court officials in Connecticut take weapons-related charges seriously, including the improper use, possession, or brandishing of firearms. While most state residents have a Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, there are several restrictions and limitations.
Speaking with a defense attorney should be a priority if you face allegations of any gun-related criminal offense. Guidance from a New London gun lawyer at Ruane Attorneys could help you resolve the charges and avoid serious penalties. Our legal team can work to protect your rights and future.
Strong Firearm Regulations in New London
In the last decade, Connecticut has seen a sweeping expansion of state laws regulating and restricting firearm ownership, and a bill signed in June of 2023 expanded those restrictions even further. Most notably, open carry of any type of firearm is now illegal in Connecticut, and anyone who wishes to carry a concealed handgun can only do so after applying for and obtaining a permit in accordance with Connecticut General Statute §29-28.
Connecticut also has red flag laws allowing police to seize guns from someone they have probable cause to believe is a danger to others or themselves. These laws impose strict restrictions on magazine size and virtually all “assault weapons” and require state permits for handgun and long gun purchases. Our local attorneys can further explain the state’s gun laws during a private consultation.
Dealing with Common Gun-Related Charges
Most offenses involving the unlawful use or possession of a firearm in Connecticut are categorized as felonies, punishable by multiple years in prison and the loss of the right to bear arms. The New London lawyers at our firm can help contest various gun-related charges, including the following.
Committing a Felony While in Possession of a Firearm
As per C.G.S. §53-202k, anyone who possessed, threatened to use, or pretended to have a firearm while committing a felony categorized as Class C or higher is subject to a minimum five-year prison term added onto whatever sentence they face for the underlying felony.
Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm
Anyone who carelessly or intentionally discharges a firearm so that their actions pose a significant risk of injury to other people or animals may be charged with a Class C misdemeanor under C.G.S. §53-203.
Carrying a Firearm While Intoxicated
Like the laws governing drunk driving in Connecticut, C.G.S. §53-206d prohibits people from carrying a loaded firearm while their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is equal to or over 0.08 percent or while “under the influence” of alcohol or any intoxicating drug. Violation of this section of state law is considered a Class A misdemeanor.
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
C.G.S. §53a-217 classifies firearm possession by someone legally prohibited from doing so as a Class C felony. C.G.S. §53a-217a through 53a-217c outline the following Class D felonies:
- Criminally negligent storage of a firearm
- Carrying a weapon on school grounds without authorization
- Possessing a pistol or revolver unlawfully
Regardless of the specific firearm charge a defendant faces, legal representation from a New London attorney will be crucial to prevent severe consequences.
Contact a New London Gun Attorney Today
Connecticut state law contains many gun regulations and restrictions. Facing a gun-related allegation requires significant legal knowledge to effectively contest the charges and secure a positive case resolution.
Reach out to a New London gun lawyer to discuss your defense options and legal rights. Ruane Attorneys can tailor a strategy to the circumstances of your case and fight for the best possible outcome. Call us today to get started.