Written by attorney Joseph B Barnes III

"assualt weapons" in Connecticut

With all the talk after the horrible events in Newtown CT nobody seemed note that when I was a child, the principal (and some teachers) had a gun in school. Crazy I know, Imagine the person being charged with protecting our kids actually able to protect our kids. Much better to defend our kids with a locked glass door.

The press also didn't seem to notice that "Assault weapons" were already banned in Connecticut (little good did that or the "gun free zone" do). Connecticut General Statute Sec. 53-202a specifically bans the Colt AR-15 used on that awful day one month ago.

Connecticut,** Section 53-202c., prohibits any person from possessing an assault weapon unless the weapon was possessed prior to*July 1, 1994, and the possessor:*

· Was eligible to apply for a certificate of possession for the assault weapon byJuly 1, 1994;

· Lawfully possessed the assault weapon prior toOctober 1, 1993; and

·Is not in violation of Connecticut General Statutes §§ 29-37j (purchase of firearm with intent to transfer to prohibited person), 53-202a to 53-202k (assault weapon regulations), and 53a-46a(h) (committing a capital offense using an assault weapon).

There are extensive restrictions of guns in Connecticut, one of the most gun restrictive states in the USA. This is despite the Conecticut Constitution specifically prtotecting a citizens' right to bear arm in his own defense and defese of the state (Conn. Const. Art 1 Sec 15.)

Banned guns include (in addition to the AR-15) the following:

Algimec Agmi

Goncz High-Tech Carbine and High-Tech Long Pistol

Armalite AR-180

Heckler & Koch HK-91, HK-93, HK-94 and SP-89

Australian Automatic Arms SAP Pistol

Holmes MP-83

Auto-Ordnance Thompson type

MAC-10, MAC-11 and MAC-11 Carbine type

Avtomat Kalashnikov AK-47 type

Intratec TEC-9 and Scorpion

Barrett Light-Fifty model 82A1

Iver Johnson Enforcer model 3000

Beretta AR-70

Ruger Mini-14/5F folding stock model only

Bushmaster Auto Rifle and Auto Pistol

Scarab Skorpion

Calico models M-900, M-950 and 100-P

SIG 57 AMT and 500 series

Chartered Industries of Singapore SR-88

Spectre Auto Carbine and Auto Pistol

Colt AR-15 and Sporter

Springfield Armory BM59, SAR-48 and G-3

Daewoo K-1, K-2, Max-1 and Max-2

Sterline MK-6 and MK-7

Ecom MK-IV, MP-9 and MP-45

Steyr AUG

Fabrique Nationale FN/FAL, FN/LAR, or FN/FNC

Street Sweeper and Striker 12 revolving cylinder shotguns



Feather AT-9 and Mini-AT

UZI Carbine, Mini-Carbine and Pistol

Federal XC-900 and XC-450

Weaver Arms Nighthawk

Franchi SPAS-12 and


· Any semi-automatic rifle that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least two of the following:

o A folding or telescoping stock;

o A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon;

o A bayonet mount;

o A flash suppressor or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor; and

o A grenade launcher; [now that is a good one, Federal law too prohibits these]

· A semi-automatic pistol that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least two of the following:

o An ammunition magazine that attaches to the pistol outside of the pistol grip;

o A threaded barrel capable of accepting a barrel extender, flash suppressor, forward handgrip or silencer;

o A shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel and that permits the shooter to hold the firearm with the non-trigger hand without being burned;

o A manufactured weight of fifty ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded; and

o A semi-automatic version of an automatic firearm; or

· A semi-automatic shotgun that has at least two of the following:

o A folding or telescoping stock;

o A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action

of the weapon;

o A fixed magazine capacity in excess of five rounds; and

o An ability to accept a detachable magazine; or

o A part or combination of parts designed or intended to convert a firearm into an assault weapon named specifically in the statute or described in the statute, or any combination of parts from which an assault weapon may be rapidly assembled if those parts are in the possession or under the control of the same person.

[The Russian made SAIGA multi round shotgun left in the car by the Newtown shooter is banned by law in Connecticut by this provision. Gun free zone laws and some of the toughest restrictions in the USA didn't stop him however from using his "Illegal" weapons]

Connecticut also restricts many individuals from buying, selling or possessing a gun.

Strangely, Connecticut also allows, Under section 29-38c, a state’s attorney or two police officers to file a complaint for seizure of a firearm when there is probable cause to believe that a person "brandishes a firearm." Many of the over 1.5 Million incidents each year in the USA of honest citizens stopping a crime (Clinton Justice Dept. Statistics), involve a potential victim showing his/her gun. You can kill your attacker but beware, scaring him off may get you arrested / disarmed.

Self defense by honest gun owners prevent over a million and a half crimes per year, some reports put it at over 2.5 Million. Honest gun owners kill twice as many criminals as the police and are 400% LESS likely to shoot an inocent person than the police (Wyoming study). Rape drops from a 32% per-cent success rate to less than 3% when the woman can carries a handgun: a 90% reduction of this horrific crime (Jimmy Carter statistics from 1979). The worst gun crime zones in America (Chicago, D.C. Detroit) have the stongest gun prohibitions. Nevertheless authorities who have proven themselves incapable of stopping or preventing crime blame honest gun ownership.

If you are charged with a gun crime or are a victim of gun violence, contact a knowledgeable attorney before going to court as a victim or defendant. Connecticut also has extensive victims rights laws. There are extensive rights to personal injury claims as well as the opportunity to file criminal charges if you are harmed by gun violence. Consult an attorney familiar with Connecticut gun laws.

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