Use of Connecticut’s gun seizure law started climbing in 2008

Gun seizures in the state are up since 2008.
Gun seizures from “risky” owners are up since 2008.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Gun seizures under a first-of-its-kind Connecticut law passed in 1999 have increased dramatically since 2008, according to preliminary research from Duke University, Yale University, and the University of Connecticut.

The law was passed in response to the 1998 Connecticut Lottery shooting and it allows police to seize weapons from individuals if law enforcement has probable cause to believe that person is an imminent risk of hurting someone or themselves.

“This was the first law of its kind in the nation that allowed seizure of a gun before the owner had committed an act of violence,” Dr. Michael A. Norko, a researcher at the Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, told the state Criminal Justice Policy Advisory Commission in late October.

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