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Atty. Ralph D. Sherman
130 West Main Street New Britain, Connecticut 06052
tel. (860) 229-0213 fax (860) 229-0235 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Eleven misdemeanors that affect your pistol permit
Since 1994, thousands of people have seen their Connecticut pistol permits revoked for misdemeanor convictionseven for convictions that occurred decades ago.
Thats because the General Assembly changed the pistol-permit statute by adding a list of 11 misdemeanors that make a person ineligible for a permit. Previously, state and local police were required to deny or revoke permits only for felony convictions.
The 11 misdemeanors are:
During the past three years, I have received many calls from people who unexpectedly found their permits revoked merely because of this change in the statute. The most common misdemeanor conviction seems to be third-degree assault, usually for a shoving match that occurred while the permit-holder was a teenager, perhaps 20 years ago.
Most of my callers have told me that they pleaded guilty to third-degree assault because it was less expensive and less risky to plead guilty and pay a small fine than to defend themselves against a more serious charge (like second-degree assault). In most cases, they pleaded guilty to the lesser charge on the advice of their attorney.
With the change in the statute, however, pleading guilty to a lesser charge is not a good idea if the lesser charge is one of the 11 misdemeanorsunless you want to lose your pistol permit.
If you do find that your permit is denied or revoked because of a misdemeanor conviction, what can you do? That will be my topic in next months column.
Copyright 1997 by Ralph D. Sherman