Topic:
CRIME; FIREARMS; WEAPONS;
Location:
WEAPONS;

OLR Research Report


July 20, 2007

 

2007-R-0442

CASE STATISTICS FOR FIREARMS VIOLATIONS

By: Christopher Reinhart, Senior Attorney

You asked for case statistics for firearms violations.

We used a database maintained by the Office of Fiscal Analysis to identify firearms statutes and obtain information on the number of cases under them. We did not include hunting violations. The table below displays the information covering fiscal years 2001 through the first three quarters of fiscal year 2007. For each statute, the table only includes those fiscal years where a case was reported. A “nolle” is a case where the prosecutor declined to prosecute that particular charge.

Table 1: Firearms Statute, Case Information from FY 2001 through the First Three Quarters of FY 2007

FY

Offenses

Jury: Guilty

Conviction

Plea

Mail-in Violation or Infraction

Bond Forfeiture

Failure to Appear

Jury: Not Guilty

Non-Jury: Not Guilty

Nolle

VIOLATE PISTOL PERMITTING REQUIREMENTS (CGS 29-28)

2002

4

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

3

2003

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

2004

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

2005

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

2006

7

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

6

2007

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

FAIL TO DISPLAY GUN SALES PERMIT (CGS 29-31)

2004

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2006

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

FAIL TO SURRENDER REVOKED PERMIT TO CARRY PISTOL OR REVOLVER (CGS 29-32)

2005

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2006

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

ILLEGAL TRANSFER OF PISTOL OR REVOLVER (CGS 29-33)

2001

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

2002

40

0

3

5

0

0

0

0

0

32

2003

93

0

9

9

0

0

0

0

0

75

2004

44

0

5

8

0

0

0

0

0

31

2005

85

0

7

17

0

0

0

0

0

61

2006

94

0

4

22

0

0

0

0

0

68

2007

42

0

4

14

0

0

0

0

0

24

ILLEGAL TRANSFER OF STOLEN PISTOL OR REVOLVER (CGS 29-33)

2002

12

0

10

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2003

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

2004

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

2005

7

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

2007

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

FALSE STATEMENT RELATED TO TRANSFERRING A PISTOL OR REVOLVER (CGS 29-34(a))

2003

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

ILLEGAL TRANSFER OF PISTOL TO PERSON UNDER AGE 21 (CGS 29-34(b))

2002

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2003

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2004

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2005

7

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

5

2006

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

2007

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

CARRYING PISTOL WITHOUT A PERMIT (CGS 29-35(a))

2001*

129

2

14

41

0

0

0

3

0

69

2002*

570

14

94

142

0

0

0

5

1

314

2003

514

7

51

152

0

0

0

8

1

295

2004*

532

8

49

156

0

1

0

6

1

311

2005

609

13

41

184

0

0

0

9

1

361

2006*

635

14

24

202

0

0

0

5

0

390

2007

519

9

16

202

0

0

0

6

1

285

FAILURE TO CARRY PISTOL PERMIT (CGS 29-35(b))

2002*

8

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

6

2003

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

2004*

7

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

6

2005

10

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

2006*

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2007

9

0

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

5

ILLEGAL ALTERATION OF FIREARM IDENTIFICATION MARK/NUMBER/NAME (CGS 29-36)

2001

26

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

23

2002

74

0

7

9

0

0

0

0

0

58

2003

90

0

4

5

0

0

0

0

0

81

2004

79

0

5

6

0

0

0

0

0

68

2005

115

0

8

9

0

0

0

1

0

97

2006

96

0

2

12

0

0

0

1

0

81

2007

89

0

1

14

0

0

0

1

0

73

FAIL TO SURRENDER REVOKED GUN CERTIFICATE (CGS 29-36i)

2004

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2005

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

FAIL TO TRANSFER/SURRENDER FIREARM (CGS 29-36k)

2002

3

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

2003

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

2004

6

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

3

2005

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

2006

10

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

7

2007

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

RETAILER FAILURE TO PROVIDE GUN LOCKING DEVICE (CGS 29-37b)

2001

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

2002

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

2003

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

2004

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

2005

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

2006

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2007

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

FALSE STATEMENT RELATED TO BUYING OR TRANSFERRING A FIREARM (CGS 29-37e)

2002

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2003

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

PURCHASING FIREARM FOR TRANSFER TO A PROHIBITED PERSON (CGS 29-37j(a))

2002

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2003

34

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

30

2004

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

2005

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

2007

2

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOLICITING PURCHASE OF ONE FIREARM TO TRANSFER TO A PROHIBITED PERSON (CGS 29-37j(b))

2001

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2002

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOLICITING PURCHASE OF MORE THAN ONE FIREARM FOR TRANSFER TO A PROHIBITED PERSON (CGS 29-37j(b))

2005

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

PURCHASE OR SOLICITING PURCHASE OF A FIREARM FOR TRANSFER TO A PROHIBITED PERSON AND PRIOR FELONY CONVICTION WITHIN FIVE YEARS (CGS 29-37j(c))

2005

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF WEAPON IN VEHICLE (CGS 29-38)

2001

230

2

24

41

0

2

0

0

0

161

2002

1,132

5

108

187

0

4

0

0

0

828

2003

1,239

2

84

176

0

3

0

1

0

973

2004

1,127

1

76

172

0

2

0

2

1

873

2005

1,128

2

76

173

0

0

0

1

1

875

2006

1,125

2

50

216

0

0

0

0

0

857

2007

987

3

27

232

0

0

0

1

0

724

USING MACHINE GUN IN A VIOLENT CRIME (CGS 53-202(b))

2002

9

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

2003

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2004

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2005

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2006

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2007

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

USE MACHINE GUN FOR AN AGGRESSIVE PURPOSE (CGS 53-202(c))

2002

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

2003

6

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

2004

9

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

8

2005

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

2006

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

MANUFACTURER'S FAILURE TO KEEP MACHINE GUN REGISTER (CGS 53-202(f))

2003

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

2004

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2005

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2007

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

ILLEGAL SALE OF ASSAULT WEAPON (CGS 53-202b(a)(1))

2003

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

2004

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2005

8

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

3

2006

3

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

2007

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF ASSAULT WEAPON (CGS 53-202c)

2002

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2003

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2005

13

0

0

5

0

0

0

0

0

8

2006

10

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

7

2007

8

0

4

2

0

0

0

1

0

1

ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF ASSAULT WEAPON—1ST TIME VIOLATOR WHOSE POSSESSION WAS PREVIOUSLY LEGAL (CGS 53-202c)

2001

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

2002

22

0

4

2

0

0

0

0

0

16

2003

28

0

2

6

0

0

0

0

0

20

2004

40

1

4

7

0

0

0

0

0

28

2005

37

0

1

14

0

0

0

0

0

22

2006

39

1

2

10

0

0

0

0

0

26

2007

27

0

1

8

0

0

0

2

0

16

TRANSPORTING ASSAULT WEAPON (CGS 53-202f)

2002

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2004

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2005

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2006

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2007

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

USE ASSAULT WEAPON TO COMMIT A CLASS A, B, OR C FELONY (CGS 53-202j)

2004

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2005

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

USE FIREARM TO COMMIT A CLASS A, B, OR C FELONY (CGS 53-202k)

2001

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

2002

17

3

0

1

0

0

0

3

0

10

2003

38

6

0

16

0

0

0

1

0

15

2004

26

0

0

1

0

0

0

3

0

22

2005

19

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

19

2006

44

5

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

35

2007

13

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

11

ILLEGAL DISCHARGE OF FIREARM (CGS 53-203)

2001

35

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

31

2002

163

0

13

20

0

0

0

0

0

130

2003

190

1

13

20

0

0

0

0

0

156

2004

175

0

3

22

0

0

0

1

0

149

2005

203

1

11

25

0

0

0

1

0

165

2006

205

0

3

32

0

0

0

0

0

170

2007

152

0

4

19

0

0

0

0

0

129

DISCHARGING FIREARM FROM A PUBLIC HIGHWAY (CGS 53-204)

2002

9

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

8

2003

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

2004

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

2005

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

2006

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2007

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

LOADED SHOTGUN/RIFLE/MUZZLELOADER IN VEHICLE OR SNOWMOBILE (CGS 53-205)

2001

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

2002

16

0

1

0

0

2

0

1

0

12

2003

7

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

6

2004

14

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

10

2005

17

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

16

2006

11

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

8

2007

16

0

0

5

0

0

0

0

0

11

CARRYING A DANGEROUS WEAPON (CGS 53-206)

(This statute covers many types of weapons but some cases may involve firearms.)

2001

205

0

30

26

0

0

0

0

0

149

2002

872

3

104

128

0

1

0

0

0

636

2003

920

1

97

152

0

1

0

0

1

668

2004

978

1

76

156

0

2

0

1

0

742

2005

959

2

74

164

0

0

0

0

0

719

2006

1,012

2

57

201

0

1

0

1

1

749

2007

767

0

28

188

0

1

0

0

0

550

SALE OF FACSIMILE FIREARM (CGS 53-206c(b))

2001

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2002

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2003

6

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

4

2004

5

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

3

2005

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2006

6

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

5

2007

5

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

4

ILLEGAL USE OF FACSIMILE FIREARM (CGS 53-206c(c))

2001

13

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

10

2002

76

0

11

10

0

0

0

0

0

55

2003

69

0

5

6

0

0

0

0

0

58

2004

82

0

7

7

0

0

0

0

0

68

2005

54

0

3

11

0

0

0

0

0

40

2006

67

0

3

6

0

0

0

0

0

58

2007

54

0

4

11

0

0

0

0

0

39

USE FACSIMILE FIREARM NEAR EMERGENCY PERSONNEL (CGS 53-206c(d))

2006

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2007

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

CARRYING A FIREARM UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS OR ALCOHOL (CGS 53-206d)

2001

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

2002

24

0

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

17

2003

35

0

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

28

2004

24

0

1

5

0

0

0

0

0

18

2005

34

0

1

5

0

0

0

0

0

28

2006

29

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

26

2007

42

0

0

10

0

0

0

0

0

32

POSSESS SAWED-OFF SHOTGUN OR SILENCER (CGS 53a-211)

2001

7

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

5

2002

36

0

4

12

0

0

0

0

0

20

2003

51

1

5

16

0

0

0

0

0

29

2004

32

1

0

6

0

0

0

0

0

25

2005

43

1

3

15

0

0

0

0

1

23

2006

42

0

1

15

0

0

0

0

0

26

2007

48

1

0

18

0

0

0

1

0

28

STEALING A FIREARM (CGS 53a-212)

2001

68

0

6

15

0

0

0

0

0

47

2002

331

1

49

67

0

0

0

0

0

214

2003

381

0

36

66

0

0

0

0

0

279

2004

318

9

15

40

0

1

0

0

0

253

2005

470

2

35

73

0

0

0

1

0

359

2006

361

5

14

85

0

0

0

0

0

257

2007

257

0

5

66

0

0

0

0

0

186

CRIMINAL USE OF FIREARM OR ELECTRONIC DEFENSE WEAPON (CGS 53a-216)

2001

21

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

21

2002

81

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

78

2003

75

0

3

0

0

0

0

2

0

70

2004

77

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

77

2005

77

1

1

6

0

0

0

2

0

67

2006

92

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

90

2007

49

0

1

3

0

0

0

1

0

44

CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF FIREARM OF ELECTRONIC DEFENSE WEAPON (CGS 53a-217)

2001

59

0

6

15

0

0

0

1

1

36

2002

316

9

44

68

0

0

0

3

2

190

2003

395

3

62

82

0

0

0

5

1

242

2004

392

8

42

118

0

0

0

3

0

221

2005

411

9

56

122

0

0

0

3

1

220

2006

437

7

28

173

0

0

0

2

0

227

2007

346

11

15

126

0

0

0

6

0

188

NEGLIGENT STORAGE OF FIREARM (CGS 53a-217a)

2001

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

2002

16

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

13

2003

10

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

7

2004

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

2005

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

2006

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

2007

4

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

3

POSSESS FIREARM OR DEADLY WEAPON ON SCHOOL GROUND (CGS 53a-217b)

2001

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2002

31

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

27

2003

20

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

2

15

2004

32

0

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

28

2005

35

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

33

2006

25

0

5

3

0

0

0

0

0

17

2007

17

0

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

12

CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF PISTOL OR REVOLVER (CGS 53a-217c)

2001

50

0

3

16

0

0

0

2

0

29

2002

223

4

30

47

0

0

0

2

0

140

2003

229

7

25

63

0

0

0

3

0

131

2004

208

3

16

69

0

0

0

5

0

115

2005

253

4

13

86

0

0

0

3

0

147

2006

275

6

15

132

0

0

0

1

0

121

2007

258

2

9

109

0

0

0

2

0

136

*During this period, there were a total of 17 additional cases under this statute (CGS 29-35) that did not specify whether they were under CGS 29-35(a) for carrying a pistol without a permit or under CGS 29-35(b) for failing to carry the permit. For FY 01, one case resulted in bond forfeiture; for FY 02, two cases resulted in nolles; for FY 04, 12 cases resulted in 11 nolles and one bond forfeiture; for FY 06, two cases resulted in one nolle and one plea.

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