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    New Haven Gun Crimes Arrest Lawyer

    • Though you don’t need a permit to buy a gun in Connecticut, you need one to carry it anywhere but at home or at work.
    • An arrest related to a gun could expose you to federal or state prosecution.
    • You cannot own a firearm while under the parameters of a restraining order.

    Are Guns Illegal in Connecticut?

    Yes and no. The Second Amendment of the United States still gives the right to bear arms, however, every state regulates guns in different manners. In New Haven, Connecticut you need a permit to carry a gun anywhere except your home or place of business. Connecticut General Statutes (“C.G.S.”) § 29-35b. However, possession of certain guns is outright illegal in Connecticut, like assault weapons. C.G.S. § 53-202c.

    Federal Gun Crime Arrests in New Haven Connecticut

    Guns can also expose you to federal charges, like in the case of selling guns without a proper license under 18 U.S.Code § 922. Any of the best New Haven gun crime lawyers can help you prepare a defense for any state and federal charges you may have.

    What Are Some Common Gun Crimes?

    One often seen gun crime in New Haven, Connecticut is possession without a permit under C.G.S. § 29-35. This is a Class D Felony and conviction can expose you up to 5 years in jail, up to a $5,000 fine and 3 years of probation.

    Is There Mandatory Jail Time for Connecticut Gun Possession Arrests?

    Yes. One serious gun crime, is assault in the second degree with a firearm under C.G.S. § 53a-60a. This is a D Felony again, with a mandatory 1-year minimum jail sentence. Read more about Connecticut Assault Lawyers here. A gun in this scenario is known as an “aggravating factor”, it takes a crime like assault in the second degree, and makes it more seriously punished. A top New Haven gun lawyer could argue that you did not use a gun in the commission of the crime in a way to justify the aggravating factor.   

    I was served with a Restraining Order in Connecticut. Do I Have to Surrender my Guns?

    Yes. After the court issues a restraining order, you will be required to relinquish all guns. Defending against restraining orders is helpful for many reasons, including the fact that you may be able to get your guns back or at least be allowed to sell them to a licensed firearm dealer. To learn more about restraining orders in Connecticut, click here.

    Contact a New Haven Gun Crime Defense Lawyer Today

    No matter the charge, it is important to take gun crimes very seriously. Working diligently and efficiently to assess all evidence the State or Federal Government claims to have and building a strong defense can help mitigate against unwanted consequences like a conviction or jailtime.

    If you’ve been arrested in connection with a gun crime in New Haven, Connecticut, a diligent defense strategy could help mitigate your exposure to jail, fines, and probation. A skilled lawyer who has defended against gun crimes before can help.  Read certified 5-star reviews from our prior clients here.  Then, call us at (203) 358-4700.