Looking for help on CT CCW Laws

This is a discussion on Looking for help on CT CCW Laws within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by covertfolder That sounds ridiculous. So, if I were sitting downstairs watching a movie with my wife and someone smashes my sliding glass ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by covertfolder View Post
    That sounds ridiculous. So, if I were sitting downstairs watching a movie with my wife and someone smashes my sliding glass door in, I'm required to run upstairs and hide with no exit other than jumping out a window? Am I required to run up the first flight of stairs and out the front door...in the dead of winter...without a cell phone? Who determines the "complete safety" part and what standards do they use?
    In a scenario like this, I'm NEVER in complete safety.

    I'm not talking about some Bridgeport wasteoid knocking on my car window where I could drive off safely... Still, even then, I could still be shot through a window...so, never in "complete" safety...
    Respectfully, you are badly misunderstanding the rule of retreat.

    Put simply, if you have another viable option that does not place you in greater risk than standing your ground, you should take that option.

    You aren't required to retreat in your home.

    Now, as a matter of practicality...you may want to run upstairs to get that shotgun/AR and use it instead of a handgun because nothing says "I'm busy. Go Away." like slugs or 5.56mm.

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    Sorry for being rude and not thanking you for your information, Mitchell.
    Its cool.

    Quote Originally Posted by covertfolder View Post
    In your honest opinion, why do you think the laws and the FAQs on the BPFE website are so vague in general? Do the prosecuting authorities really twist this into their favor since it seems so easy to do?
    My honest opinion?

    But...I'm a lawyer...I don't do that.

    They are vague because they are meant to address the broadest possible set of circumstances and be open to interpretation without being struck down under the "void for vagueness" doctrine.

    Also, they are not meant to be specific advice to anyone, so they lack specificity.

    Quote Originally Posted by covertfolder View Post
    I never had any personal issues in CT, but I also don't know much about defensive firearm case rulings in CT, either. I used to work in Bridgeport, which I'm sure you know is a pretty rough area, and I was always afraid of breaking down or getting jumped at a light, especially after dark. ...
    I live & work in Bridgeport.

    Rulings, as in a court's decision on a case, are only going to happen if the matter goes to trial. 99% of incidents that end up in court don't see trial.

    If the shooter acted properly & kept their mouth shut so they don't talk themselves into jail, counsel's job is easier.

    If they did something due to not understanding the rules of engagement or something else improper, or talk themselves into more trouble, the job gets a lot harder.

    Every case is different.

    Quote Originally Posted by covertfolder View Post
    I wonder what would happen if I ever needed my firearm (which I technically couldn't carry per my employer). Never really knew the legality of signage either since I couldn't find anything. It was posted, but does that make it "legally binding" or would I have simply been violating a policy instead of a law?
    You may not be arrested for carrying on the job, but if the employer called the police to have you escorted off site, the resulting fallout may cost you your permit.

    As above, each case is different.

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    Here is a link to a discussion concerning the Castle Doctrine in CT on the CT General Assemblies website:

    http://www.cga.ct.gov/2007/rpt/2007-R-0052.htm

    The way I read it I am not required to retreat in my home, and can use that level of force (up to and including deadly force) that I believe necessary to defend my home and my family.

    Am I interpreting that correctly?

    Thanks,

    Mike

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    I'll be dam.

    How did you get it to come up as its own page?

    When I call it up using the OLR site all I get is the same web address as the search engine but I get that report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtbiker View Post
    No, bars are not off limits. Being intoxicated is. The only state-wide off limits is court houses and schools. I wouldn't believe the "it's ok at a school with a permit" crowd. That is a grey area I'm not going to chance.

    Handgunlaw.us is good. You may also try this http://www.nraila.org/statelawpdfs/CTSL.pdf
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    http://www.atf.treas.gov/firearms/st...onnecticut.pdf


    In general CT is pretty easy. Just keep it concealed. If someone sees it you WILL be harased or arrested. Technically, CT permit is a carry and not a concealed permit but there are a lot of people that will freak out and call the cops on you. Then you will be charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, etc.

    Talk to your local cop. The one that handles the permits will help you with what they are concerned with. This may not be the law, but how they interpret it. At least you will have an understanding of what they think. The Sgt. that issued my permit told me flat out, "don't let it been seen". He also gave me his card and said to call him anytime I had a question. Hopefully your local will be friendly also.
    I wouldn't count on the NRA-ILA material. It is often out of date and it seems to take them forever to update it. Before anyone flames me, I AM a member of the NRA. Administratively however, they are about as inadequate, slow and inaccurate as the US Government.

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    Just did a google on 'CT Statue 53a-16' and that was towards the top of the list.

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    Ah.

    Well.

    I guess you could have done that too.

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    QUESTION:
    I applied for a CT concealed carry permit a few months ago; received a phone call asking for further information and another form; waiting several weeks and received a letter advising that I was rejected as although A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES I WAS NOT A US RESIDENT.

    Can someone point me to the statutes that indicate what the story is on this? I have several U.S. residences but am presently working and have my family with my in Toronto, an hour from Buffalo. SHeeesh. Second amendment rights? Our forefathers would be spinning in their graves if they could see what was going on right now.

    Don't mind spending some bucks with an attorney to get the CcW license either... although I do indeed have licenses from several other states (Virginia, PA, Maine, NH, Utah, etc.)

    Same deal in Florida by the way, but it is indeed in their state statutes.

    If there is a lawyer on there that can assist me in getting my CT permit I will be pleased to cover the reasonable cost of his/her time.

    PM me.

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