Connecticut

Introduction

Nearly 1 million Connecticut residents experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Fortunately, many victims survive these traumatic events; however, Connecticut reported 191 family violence homicide victims from 2008 to 2017, 40% of whom died by firearms. An abuser’s access to firearms can determine a victim’s chances of survival; domestic violence firearm prohibitions and removal laws save lives.

Connecticut prohibits purchase and possession of  firearms or ammunition by persons convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence and persons subject to an ex parte or final domestic violence protective or restraining order (in a case involving the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against another person). Connecticut also requires removal of firearms from persons subject to an ex parte or final domestic violence protective or restraining order (in a case involving the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against another person).