Topic:
FIREARMS; SEARCH AND SEIZURE; LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS; WARRANTS; WEAPONS; GUN CONTROL; STATISTICAL INFORMATION;
Location:
WEAPONS - FIREARMS;

OLR Research Report


May 10, 2006

 

2006-R-0330

(Revised)

GUN SEIZURE WARRANT APPLICATIONS AND USE

By: Veronica Rose, Principal Analyst

Adam Wolkoff, Legislative Fellow

You asked for general information on the 1999 gun seizure law, including the number of departments that sought warrants to seize guns, the number they sought and received, the source of the complaints triggering applications, and the number of guns seized. This report covers the period October 1, 1999 through May 1, 2006.

SUMMARY

Since 1999, at least 47 local police departments and the State Police have applied for gun seizure warrants to seize guns from people considered at risk of harming themselves or others. They applied for at least 155 warrants—13 in 1999; 21 in 2000, 2001, and 2002; 16 in 2003; 28 in 2004; 33 in 2005; and 2 between January 1 and May 1, 2006.

The police received all but two of the warrants they requested and seized guns in all but 13 of the cases. In all, they seized more than 1,200 guns, plus ammunition and accessories. The State Police and West Hartford Police Department applied for the most warrants, almost 26% of the total.

The data show (1) a relative as the most likely source of complaints underlying a warrant application; (2) murder and suicide threats as the most likely behaviors to trigger an application; and (3) a wife or girlfriend as the most likely target of a threat. In 146 of the 155 cases, the target of the warrant was a male.

This report discusses (1) the departments that applied for warrants, (2) the number of warrants they requested and received, (3) the target of the warrants, (4) the allegations underlying applications and the people who made them, (4) the number of guns seized, and (5) case outcomes.

GUN SEIZURE LAW

The gun seizure law took effect on October 1, 1999. It (1) allows police, under limited circumstances and following specified procedures, to get warrants and seize guns from anyone posing an imminent risk of harming himself or someone else and (2) requires a judge to hold a hearing within 14 days after the seizure to decide whether to return the guns or order them held for up to one year (CGS 29-38c).

Police can seek the warrant only after (1) conducting an independent investigation to establish probable cause and (2) determining that no reasonable alternative exists to avert the risk of harm. The law does not define “independent investigation” or outline “reasonable alternatives.” But the floor debate on the bill that became law suggests that legislators believed that (1) as part of the investigation, police should talk to witnesses and corroborate allegations made against defendants and (2) civil commitment and arrest were reasonable alternatives to a search warrant. And a Superior Court ruling that reversed a seizure under this law identified consensual search as the most obvious alternative to seizure (State of Connecticut v. David Avery, No. CV11-9168A, 1999 WL 1207153 (Conn. Super. Nov. 30, 1999)).

DATA COLLECTION

The report is based on (1) a written OLR survey of all local police departments and the State Police conducted in 2000 and (2) gun seizure warrants submitted to the Judicial Department by court clerks in subsequent years. The law does not require gun seizure reports, and departments typically do not compile gun seizure data in any readily retrievable format. Rather, they appear to maintain the data as part of larger files based on the nature of the case that triggered the warrant application, such as domestic dispute or disturbance, traffic incident, attempted murder, or assault, rather than in separate, individually retrievable files. The report potentially understates the number of warrant applications because some departments may have failed to report and others may have reported incomplete data.

WARRANT APPLICATIONS

Table 1 shows that, as of May 1, 2006, at least 47 local police departments and the State Police had applied for a total of 155 gun seizure warrants under CGS 29-38c. The number of applications ranged from one to 24. Slightly less than half of the departments (23) applied for one warrant. The State Police applied for the most warrants (24) followed by West Hartford (17). Together they applied for almost 26% of all the warrants.

Table 1: Warrant Applications — 1999 Through May 1, 2006 (N=155)

Department

No. of Applications

Department

No. of Applications

State Police

24

Windsor Locks

2

West Hartford

17

Avon

1

Bristol

8

Berlin

1

Milford

7

Brookfield

1

East Haven

6

Cheshire

1

New Britain

6

Danbury

1

Enfield

5

Darien

1

Farmington

5

Fairfield

1

Hamden

5

Glastonbury

1

Newington

5

Greenwich

1

Southington

5

Middlebury

1

East Hartford

4

New Canaan

1

Manchester

4

New Haven

1

Monroe

4

North Branford

1

Meriden

3

Norwich

1

North Haven

3

Old Saybrook

1

Rocky Hill

3

Plainville

1

Seymour

3

Plymouth

1

West Haven

3

Simsbury

1

Bloomfield

2

Stamford

1

Torrington

2

Trumbull

1

Vernon

2

UConn

1

Wallingford

2

Waterbury

1

Windsor

2

Wolcott

1

Number of Police Departments = 48

RESULT OF APPLICATIONS

The courts granted all but two of the 155 warrant requests. They denied (1) one Wolcott Police Department warrant for lack of probable cause and (2) one West Hartford Police Department warrant on the grounds that a search under a previous warrant involving the same subject had yielded all the guns to which the subject had access. (The intended target of a Seymour Police Department warrant surrendered his guns voluntarily before the warrant was executed.)

NATURE OF ALLEGATIONS

In 101 cases, warrant applications were based on a murder or suicide allegation, or both. Suicide threats accounted for 61 (39%) applications, murder for 26 (17%), and murder-suicide for 14 (9%) (see Figure 1). Other factors that triggered an application included violent threats or behavior, mentally unstable behavior, and domestic abuse.

SOURCE OF ALLEGATIONS

A relative was the most likely person to initiate a complaint triggering a warrant application. A relative made the complaint in 45 (29%) of the cases. Police officers were the next most likely source of a complaint. Other sources in descending order were clinicians, neighbors, employers, school officials, and friends (see Figure 2). In one case, the subject of the warrant called police himself after he allegedly attempted suicide by stabbing himself in the abdomen.

TARGET OF THREATS

The potential targets of the threats underlying the warrant applications included relatives, friends, neighbors, school officials, and coworkers. The person most frequently targeted was a relative, usually a wife or ex-wife. There were also several nonspecific threats.

SEARCH OUTCOME

Police seized guns in 140 (92%) of the 153 cases in which they got warrants. In 13 cases, they found no guns, including one in which they found only a flare launcher, and in one case, the subject of the warrant surrendered his guns voluntarily before police served the warrant. In all, police seized more than 1,200 guns. The State Police seized the most, more than 430, including 231 in one case.

GUN HEARING OUTCOME

The law requires the court to hold hearings to determine the disposition of guns seized pursuant to the gun seizure law. Of the 140 cases in which the police seized guns, we were able to get definitive disposition information in 114 cases. Table 2 shows that the court

upheld the vast majority of the seizures, ordering the police to hold the guns in 63 cases and ordering that the guns be destroyed or transferred to a third party in 29 cases.

The court ordered the police to return the guns in 19 cases. In one of the earliest State Police cases, the court pointed out that the police had not exhausted the law's reasonable alternative standards. In another case, the court ordered the Rocky Hill Police Department to return the guns on the grounds of insufficient evidence.

Table 2: Results of Mandatory Gun Hearings (N=140)

Hold guns

63

Return guns

19

Transfer guns to dealer, attorney, or relative

17

Destroy guns

12

Victim withdrew allegations—no hearing

1

Subjects died before hearing, guns turned over to estate

2

Information unavailable, unclear

26

Attachment 1: Warrant Applications Under Gun Seizure Law

Police Department

No. of Applicat-

ions

Subject of Complaint or Warrant (Defendant)

Person Initiating Complaint (Complainant)

Allegations Against Subject or Basis for Warrant Application

Potential Target/Person Threatened or at Risk of Harm

Subject's Previous Criminal or Psychiatric History

Was Warrant Issued?

Were Guns Seized?

Outcome/Latest Available Information

Avon

1

Walter M. (m)

Friend

Suicide threats (possible depression)

Self

Criminal or psychiatric history not known

Yes

6, plus ammunition (December 15, 2002)

Subject's mother, who apparently owned the guns, asked department to hold them for one year; guns returned on October 29, 2003—case closed

Berlin

1

Michael F. (m)

Landlord

Murder and suicide threats (illegally possessed guns without permit)

Self and unspecified people

Arrests for motor vehicle and weapon violations;

psychiatric history not known

Yes

18, plus ammunition and other weapons (March 11 and 12, 2004)

Court ordered guns held until March 2005.

Bloomfield

2

Case 1 Beatrice H. (f)

Doctor

Mental instability (believed people were coming through her walls to harm her and her dogs)

Nonspecific

No known criminal history; history of paranoia

Yes

1 (March 22, 2004)

Court ordered department to destroy gun; gun destroyed—case closed

   

Case 2— Carol G. (f)

Husband

Suicide threat (police responded to call from defendant's husband stating that defendant had left suicide note)

Self

Unknown

Yes

4, plus ammunition and accessories (August 26, 2005)

Hearing scheduled for September 6, 2005. Court ordered guns held for 6 months (August 27, 2005); Department still in possession of guns (January 26, 2006)

Bristol

8

Case 1—Daniel W. (m)

Estranged wife

Suicide threat

Self

History of depression; criminal record not known

Yes

4, plus ammunition and accessories (January 8, 2004)

Hearing scheduled for January 22, 2004; no other information available (August 8, 2004)

   

Case 2—James S. (m)

Police Investigation

Suicide attempt (police had to use taser to subdue suspect who tried to kill himself)

Self

Unknown

Yes

4, plus ammunition (March 19, 2004)

Hearing scheduled for April 7, 2004; no further information available (August 8, 2004)

   

Case 3—Stanley S. (m)

Wife

Suicide threat (depressed about his employment status)

Self

Unknown

Yes

7, plus ammunition (May 7, 2004)

Hearing scheduled for May 19, 2004; no further information available (August 8, 2004)

   

Case 4—Michael L. (m)

Father

Suicide and murder threat

Self and neighbor

Institutionalized for depression and suicide attempts; arrest record unknown

Yes

1 (April 18, 2004)

Hearing scheduled for May 20, 2004; no further information available (August 8, 2004)

   

Case 5—Henry P. (m)

Wife

 

Wife and other family members

 

Yes

1, plus ammunition (August 20, 2004)

Hearing scheduled for September 1, 2004

   

Case 6— Mary L. (f)

Father

Suicide threat

Self

Unknown

Yes

1, plus ammunition and firearm ID cards (September 18, 2004)

Hearing scheduled for September 30, 2004; at hearing, guns returned to ownercase closed

   

Case 7—Mark S. (m)

Brother

Suicide threats

Self

Unknown

Yes

1 with case (July 26, 2005)

Hearing scheduled for August 8, 2005; Gun ordered held for one year (August 9, 2005)

   

Case 8—Daniel M. (m)

Wife

Suicide threat (made reckless threats and committed acts of violence towards himself; recklessly used, displayed, and brandished a gun; abused alcohol while doing above actions)

Self

Unknown

Yes

11 (October 23, 2005)

Hearing scheduled for November 16, 2005; at hearing, guns returned to ownercase closed

Brookfield

1

Jeffrey D. (m)

Parents

Enforcement of bond condition not to possess firearms

Family

Previous arrests (reasons not reported)

Yes

3, plus ammunition and other weapons (August 24, 2004)

Court ordered guns held for one year (October 19, 2004); guns still being held by police department (January 27, 2006)

Cheshire

1

Jeffrey F. (m)

Wife

Suicide threat involving gun (upset about pending divorce; believed to be clinically depressed)

Self

Treatment for clinical depression

Yes

4, plus ammunition (June 30, 2003)

Court ordered guns held until December 31, 2003 when they were returned—case closed

Danbury

1

Phillip L. (m)

Unclear

Murder threat (claimed law enforcement officers and others were trying to kill him; had access to guns and alleged history of drug and alcohol abuse and suicide threats)

Police

Unknown psychiatric and criminal history

Yes

8, plus ammunition and other weapons (May 2, 2000)

Court ordered guns held for one year on May 3, 2000; as of May 28, 2004, subject had not claimed them

Darien

1

Richard V. (m)

Employer

Suicide and murder threat (faced arrest and job termination because of illegal workplace activities; police records showed that subject owned guns)

Self and terminally ill wife

Criminal and psychiatric record unknown

Yes

(Nov. 8, 1999)

None found

No hearing requiredcase closed

East Hartford

4

Case 1—Donald M. (m)

Mother

Suicide threat

Self

Committed for emergency evaluation after previous suicide threat

Yes

1, plus ammunition (February 16, 2005)

Court ordered gun destroyed (May 6, 2005); Guns destroyed July 26, 2005—case closed

   

Case 2

Kevin A. (m)

Unclear

Domestic violence

Partner

Unknown

Yes

1 (February 12, 2005)

Court determined that gun belonged to person other than defendant and ordered it returned (April 5, 2005); gun returned April 11, 2005—case closed

   

Case 3— Russell O. (m)

Unclear

Suicide threat

Self

Unknown

Yes

7 (December 29, 2005)

Hearing scheduled for January 12, 2006; Department continues to hold guns (February 7, 2006)

   

Case 4— Derick L. (m)

Unclear

Enforcement of family violence protective order (Defendant was arrested and charged with kidnapping and assault in the third degree (July 25, 2005))

Girlfriend and her estranged husband

Unknown

Yes

airgun, plus ammunition and accessories (July 29, 2005)

Department continues to hold ammunition and airgun (February 7, 2006)

East Haven

6

Case 1— Alfred G. (m)

Wife

Failed to surrender guns as required of person subject to protective order; repeatedly violated protective order issued because of his threats to murder wife

Wife

Unknown

Yes

1 (July 18, 2001)

Hearing scheduled for July 30, 2001; no information available on initial court order; December 24, 2002, court ordered guns transferred to State Police for destruction—case closed

   

Case 2— Mark C. (m)

Self

Unstable behavior (threatened police with knife; addicted to painkillers)

Self and mother

Unknown

Yes

2, plus ammunition and accessories (January 26, 2005)

Court order unclear, but guns returned on April 29, 2005—case closed

   

Case 3— Jeffrey T. (m)

Police investigation

Police investigation of charge of reckless endangerment

Wife

Domestic abuse/dispute (barricaded himself in bedroom following domestic dispute; previous threats to kill wife)

Yes

14 (October 5, 2005)

Hearing scheduled for October 25, 2005; Department still has guns (February 7, 2006

   

Case 4

Arthur M. (m)

Wife

Suicide threats (Doctor recommended that defendant, a returning Iraq veteran who voluntarily checked himself into hospital, needed to remain in hospital longer and advised his wife to remove guns from their home)

Self

Unknown

Yes

4, plus accessories (November 9, 2005)

Hearing scheduled for December 12, 2005; court ordered department to sell gunscase closed

   

Case 5

Sean M. (m)

Wife

Suicide threats

Self

History of alcohol abuse

Yes

2, plus ammunition (November 22, 2005)

Hearing scheduled for December 6, 2005; Department still has guns (February 7, 2006)

   

Case 6— Peter N. (m)

Counselor

Forbidden to possess guns by firearms compliance order

Unclear

Previous arrests

Yes

No guns (ammunition only) (February 21, 2006)

Hearing scheduled for March 7, 2006

Enfield

5

Case 1—Frank V. (m)

Unclear

Murder threat and veiled suicide threats

Self and others

Unknown

Yes

11 (October 29, 2001)

Hearing scheduled for November 8, 2001no information available on court order; as of April 30, 2004, department still had guns

 

 

Case 2—Peter V. (m)

Unclear

Suicidal behavior

Self

Unknown

Yes

20, plus ammunition (October 27, 2000)

Court ordered guns held for one year; guns returnedcase closed

 

 

Case 3—Paul S. (m)

Ex-wife

Suicide threat

Self

Arrest record for assault and breach of peace;

Unknown psychiatric history

Yes

1, plus other weapons (June 25, 2000)

Court ordered gun held for one year; as of December 1, 2000, department still had the gun; gun sent to State Police for destruction on September 24, 2003—case closed

   

Case 4—Joseph R. (m)

Ex-girlfriend

Suicidal threat and behavior

Self

Unknown psychiatric and criminal record

Yes

2 (March 14, 2003)

Court ordered gun held for one year until March 25, 2004; no further information available (August 8, 2004)

   

Case 5— John S. (m)

Enfield Police Dept.

Unstable behavior (defendant apprehended while shoplifting in possession of gun; claimed he did not know why he shoplifted)

Self and others

Self-reported treatment for depression

Yes

3, plus ammunition, accessories, and non-firearm related items (February 1, 2005)

Hearing held on February 14, 2006; court ordered guns transferred to defendant's attorneycase closed

Fairfield

1

William M. (m)

Son

Suicide threats (was target of FBI child pornography probe and raid; swallowed pills, armed self, led police in pursuit and refused to relinquish gun; police aware of subject's access to guns)

Self

Unknown criminal or psychiatric history

Yes

8, plus ammunition and accessories (April 25, 2000)

Hearing scheduled for May 8, 2000; apparently the case was continued and the subject died before a hearing was held; department turned guns over to gun dealer on estate's behalf—case closed

Farmington

5

Case 1Bernard K. (m)

Sister

Murder threat (made during domestic dispute; police heard subject threaten to break her sister's neck; after police seized guns and hospitalized subject, sister expressed fear of repercussions)

Sister and other family members

Unknown criminal or psychiatric record

Yes

39, plus ammunition and accessories (October 19, 1999)

Hearing postponed with parties stipulating it was no longer necessary because parties agreed to have guns transferred to gun dealer for resale on consignment on June 15, 2000case closed

 

 

Case 2—Marc F. (m)

Unclear

Violent threat (barricaded self in residence where police observed him with what appeared to be a gun and heard gun slide action)

School officials and neighbor

Criminal record and history of severe alcoholism

Yes

No guns; Ammunition only (June 10, 2001)

Subject agreed that ammunition be turned over for destructioncase closed

   

Case 3—Robert J. (m)

Neighbors

Reckless gun use; fired guns recklessly on his property in residential area

Not applicable

Unknown

Yes

5, plus ammunition and accessories (November 17, 2001)

Court ordered guns destroyed—case closed

   

Case 4—David D. (m)

Police investigation

Threatened suicide

Self

Unknown

Yes

2, plus ammunition and accessories (November 28, 2001)

Court ordered guns turned over to attorney; guns turned over—case closed

   

Case 5—Barry W. (m)

Acquaintance

Murder threats

Acquaintance

Unknown

Yes

1 (December 21, 2003)

Hearing scheduled for January 5, 2004; no further information available (August 8, 2004)

Glastonbury

1

Michael B. (m)

Mother

Suicidal behaviorbrandished knife at police officers who responded to 911 call and told them they would have to kill him (mother expressed concern about subject's mental state; subject had history of verbal and physical altercations with family members; claimed to have guns and described possible ambush scenarios of police officers; police records showed he had guns)

Self

Unknown psychiatric and criminal record

Yes

4 (December 27, 2000)

Court ordered police to return; guns returned—case closed

Greenwich

1

Thomas B. (m)

Neighbor

During conversation with neighbor to resolve dispute with neighbor's mother-in-law, subject held a handgun at his side and repeatedly expressed his right to protect his property (police records showed (1) past episode when subject allegedly walked around his property carrying rifle; (2) subject did not have gun permit; and (3) active arrest warrant for DUI)

Neighbor

Arrest warrant for DUI;

Unknown psychiatric record

Yes

11, plus ammunition and accessories (October 28, 1999)

Initial court order unclear, but on October 16, 2001, the court ordered the weapons destroyed; on January 3, 2002, the department turned them over to the State Police for destruction—case closed

Hamden

5

Case 1—Dean R. (m)

Information unavailable

Information unavailable

Information not available

Unknown

Yes

1 (February 21, 2001)

Court ordered guns held for one year on March 23, 2001; gun returned September 5 2002—case closed

   

Case 2—Robert K. (m)

Wife

Attempted suicide (pending divorce; subject of restraining order)

Self

Bipolar and depression

Yes

2 (January 1, 2002)

Court ordered guns held for one year; guns destroyed February 19, 2004 pursuant to court order—case closed

   

Case 3—James A. (m)

Unknown

Suicide attempt

Self

Depression

Yes

5, plus ammunition and accessories (March 31, 2005)

Court ordered guns held for one year (March 31, 2005); Department still has guns (February 7, 2006)

   

Case 4—Geneva D. (f)

Unknown

Unstable behavior

Self and others

Unknown

Yes

1, plus ammunition (April 22, 2005)

Court ordered gun destroyed; completed September 27, 2005—case closed

   

Case 5— Charles W. (m)

Wife

Suicidal and self-destructive behavior

Self

Arrests for criminal mischief and criminal trespass

Yes

3 (May 5, 2005)

Hearing held May 18, 2005; Defendant stipulated to state retaining firearms for one year. Department still has guns (February 7, 2006)

Manchester

4

Case 1—Michael G. (m)

Wife

Murder threat (psychiatrist described subject's escalating abuse of prescription drugs and advised police that he was in imminent danger of harming himself or someone else; had access to guns)

Wife

Drug dependency

Yes

6, plus ammunition and other weapons (March 8, 2000)

Court ordered guns held for 120 days; department returned them on September 18, 2000case closed

   

Case 2—Bruce B. (m)

Wife

Suicide threat (reportedly made suicide videotape and had access to guns)

Self

Unknown psychiatric history; no arrest history

Yes

1 (November 12, 2003)

Gun returned on March 11, 2004—case closed

   

Case 3— Jorge A. (m)

Acquaintance

Violent gun threats (threatened to use gun against neighborhood children)

Neighborhood children

Unknown

Yes

1, plus ammunition and accessories and drugs (August 13, 2005)

Hearing scheduled for September 1, 2005; department is still holding gun (February 15, 2006)

   

Case 4— Scott K. (m)

Supervisor

Murder threats against co-worker

Co-workers

Unknown

Yes

3, plus ammunition and accessories (October 28, 2005)

Hearing scheduled for November 10, 2005; department is still holding gun (February 15, 2006)

Meriden

3

Case 1—Joseph K. (m)

Wife

Physically abused and emotionally intimidated wifetold her, while holding telescopic scope for rifle, “one shot, one kill, never miss your target” (after wife stopped sleeping with subject, he placed pistol and holster at place where she used to sleep; barricaded windows and family room to protect his guns; wife reported large arsenal of weapons)

Wife

No criminal record;

Psychiatric history unknown

Yes

37, plus ammunition and accessories and other weapons

(April 11, 2001)

Court ordered guns held for one year; no further information available (August 2, 2004)

 

 

Case 2—Kevin B. (m)

Behavioral health caseworker

Murder threat

Neighbor

Convicted felon with extensive history of violent crimes; was under treatment for a psychiatric disability

Yes

(Dec. 22, 1999)

No guns found

No hearing requiredcase closed

   

Case 3—Shaun F. (m)

Unknown

Murder threat

Unknown

Unknown

Yes (July 26, 2004)

4, plus accessories (July 27, 2004)

Information unavailable

Middlebury

1

Frances P.

Medical call

Mentally unstable behavior

Self

History of suicidal behavior and depression; criminal history not known

Yes

48 (July 9, 2004)

Court ordered guns held until July 20, 2005

Milford

7

Case 1—Sealed juvenile case (m)

School official

Suicide and murder threat; (claimed access to guns and outlined possible methods of committing the acts; history of suicide threats and self mutilation; access to guns)

Self and students

History of suicide threats and self mutilation

Yes

6, plus ammunition and other weapons (March 20, 2001)

Guns held for one year and returned July 2002—case closed

 

 

Case 2— Sealed juvenile case (m)

School official and parent of threatened child

Murder threat

Student

Unknown

Yes

19, plus ammunition and accessories, other weapons, and miscellaneous items (March 23, 2001)

Court ordered some property returned and some destroyed in March 2002—case closed

 

 

Case 3—James S. (m)

Wife

Violent threat (harassed neighbors and threatened to pay them back for allegedly trying to run him over with their car; Wife told police that she feared for her safety and that of her neighbors because husband started to carry gun while making threats)

Wife and neighbors

Unknown

Yes

13, plus ammunition and accessories (August 20, 2001)

Court ordered guns sold; guns soldcase closed

   

Case 4—Alan G. (m)

Neighbor

Violent threat (threatened neighbor's child for reporting inappropriate sexual contact by subject's child)

Neighbor

Unknown

Yes

1, plus ammunition and other weapons (September 29, 2003)

Hearing scheduled for

October 7, 2003; information on court order unavailable but department holding guns (May 27, 2004)

   

Case 5—Edward S. (m)

Physician

Suicide threat (told doctor he wanted to “drink himself to death” and had recently purchased gun)

Self

Previous threats made against wife

Yes

30, plus ammunition and accessories (March 24, 2005)

Hearing scheduled for April 4, 2005; guns were returned to a licensed dealer (May 13, 2005)case closed

   

Case 6

Sealed juvenile case (m)

School bus driver

Violent threat (told students on bus that he was going to get a gun and shoot them)

School children

Unknown

Yes

1, plus ammunition, accessories, and other non-firearm related items (November 28, 2004)

Hearing on November 9, 2004; court ordered guns returned to father of juvenile who made threatscase closed

   

Case 7— Robert B. (m)

Ex-girlfriend

Murder threats (over ten occasions, defendant said he would kill ex-girlfriend; arrested and charged with threatening (September 16, 2005))

Ex-girlfriend and her children

Unknown

Yes

11 (September 17, 2005)

Hearing scheduled for September 27, 2005; guns still held by department (February 14, 2006)

Monroe

4

Case 1 —Anthony T. (m)

Wife

Murder and suicide threat (history of physically abusing wife)

Self and wife

Manic depressive; criminal record unknown

Yes

5, plus ammunition and other weapons (September 8, 2000)

Hearing on September 22, 2000; case continued until October 18, 2000 and again until February 14, 2001; August 8, 2002, court granted respondent's motion to return gunscase closed.

 

 

Case 2—Stephen S. (m)

Victim advocate

Subject, as condition of release for an assault crime, was not allowed to possess guns; mother and sister alleged that he had guns (subject allegedly threatened mother and sister and put unloaded gun to his head in the past)

Not applicable

Diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic; Previous arrest for assault, threatening, and breach of peace

Yes

(Nov. 18, 1999)

No guns found

No hearing requiredcase closed

   

Case 3—Debra W. (f)

Unclear

Implied suicide threats

Self

Psychiatric treatment;

Unknown criminal history

Yes

5, plus ammunition and accessories (November 6, 2002)

Court apparently ordered the guns held for one year; on November 20, 2003, department released the guns to gun store for sale pursuant to court order—case closed

   

Case 4—Richard L. (m)

Adult probation officer

Violent threat

Adult probation officer

Post traumatic syndrome and alcohol abuse;

DUI arrests

Yes

29, plus accessories and ammunition (April 2, 2004)

Court granted motion to return guns; guns returned—case closed

New Britain

6

Case 1—John S. (m)

Wife

Suicide threats (allegedly depressed and despondent because of injury that prevented him from working; refused to cooperate with police officers who responded to wife's allegations)

Self

Unknown

Yes

2, plus ammunition (February 20, 2001)

Court ordered guns turned over to subject's son; guns turned over—case closed

 

 

Case 2—Stanley M. (m)

Unknown (record incomplete)

Unknown (record incomplete)

Unknown

Unknown criminal and psychiatric record

Yes

8, plus ammunition (May 31, 2000)

Court ordered guns transferred to gun dealer on July 24, 2000case closed

 

 

Case 3—Mark Z. (m)

Self

Suicide attempt (responding officer found a knife embedded in subject's abdomen)

Self

Unknown

Yes

2, plus ammunition (August 14, 2001)

Court ordered guns held for one year; guns returned on October 2, 2002—case closed

 

 

Case 4—K. T. (m)

Wife

Took gun to workplace and threatened to kill himself because he was apparently distressed that his wife wanted a divorce; history of suicidal threats

Self

Unknown psychiatric or criminal record

Yes

1 (October 13, 2000)

Court ordered gun held for one year; On May 27, 2004, department asked defendant to allow it to destroy the gun because he showed no interest in retrieving it—case closed

   

Case 5—Louise R. (f)

Self

Violent threat (in irrational calls to police department and veiled threats to kill anyone who invaded her space) (allegedly suffered from paranoia)

Non-specific

Unknown

Yes

2, plus ammunition (December 31, 2003)

Court ordered guns held until January 9, 2005

   

Case 6—Michael R. (m)

Medic

Suicide threats

Self

Unknown criminal or psychiatric history

Yes

4 (June 16, 2004)

Court ordered guns held until July 7, 2005

New Canaan

1

Shawn M. (m)

Ex-girlfriend

Murder threats (former police officer with domestic violence history and ready access to firearms)

Ex girlfriend and family

Unknown

Yes

2, plus ammunition and accessories (October 15, 2003)

Court order unclear, but guns returned to owner (January 27, 2006)—case closed

New Haven

1

Walden, F. (m)

Wife

Murder threats

Wife

Outstanding arrest warrant for separate domestic violence incident

Yes

1, plus ammunition (March 22, 2005)

Gun destroyed by agreement of both parties (April 4, 2005)—case closed

Newington

5

Case 1—Robert S. (m)

Health care benefits provider

Suicide threats (history of emotional instability and threats to kill self and girlfriend)

Self

Being treated for bipolar disorder and manic depression; history of emotional instability; criminal record unknown

Yes

1, plus ammunition and accessories (November 9, 1999)

Court ordered gun held for one year; court transferred gun to Department of Environmental Protection (apparently for training purposes); on April 27, 2004—case closed

 

 

Case 2—Robert B. (m)

Brother

Suicidal and threatening behavior (locked self in room with rifle after dispute with sibling and refused to respond to family; history of illegal drug use and altercations with sister)

Self

Unknown criminal and psychiatric history

Yes

5, plus ammunition (November 13, 2000)

Court ordered guns transferred to qualified relativecase closed

 

 

Case 3—Lee T. (m)

Friend

Suicide threats (previously hospitalized for suicide threat)

Self

Hospitalization for suicidal behavior; unknown criminal history

Yes

June 27, 2001)

2

Case was continued from July 9 to July 16 to July 20, 2001 to accommodate a written transfer agreement. Intermediate steps unclear, but guns were released on October 9, 2001 pursuant to court order—case closed

   

Case 4—Charles B. (m)

Postal employee

Murder threat

Postal official

Unknown criminal and psychiatric record

Yes

1 (March 25, 2004)

Court ordered guns held for one year; amended order to have guns transferred to conservator; guns transferred—case closed

   

Case 5— Michael N. (m)

Unknown

Suicide threats

Self

Previously hospitalized for mental illness

Yes

6 (June 30, 2005)

Court ordered guns held for one year, until June 30, 2006

North Branford

1

Richard M. (m)

Police investigation

Murder and suicide threats (subject was depressed because of likely job loss, previously suspended for striking coworker, and was drinking heavily and having temper tantrums; police investigation revealed subject possessed guns; psychiatrist advised police that subject was a threat to himself and others and should not possess guns)

Self, neighbors, and coworkers

Unknown arrest or psychiatric record

Yes

5, plus ammunition and accessories (November 6, 1999)

Court ordered guns held for one year on November 17, 1999; on April 6, 2000, court ordered them released to a 3rd party, who claimed them on April 21, 2000case closed

North Haven

3

Case 1—John D. (m)

Employer

Murder threat (stalked and threatened target---a town building department employee

Coworker

Unknown arrest or psychiatric record

Yes

4 (February 8, 2000)

As part of plea deal, guns were returned to the subject in July 2000case closed

   

Case 2Felix D. (m)

Girlfriend

Domestic violence involving girlfriend

Girlfriend

History of arrests (assault, threatening, disorderly conduct, illegal gun use, etc.

Yes

10, plus ammunition and accessories (December 2002)

Hearing scheduled for December 16, 2002

   

Case 3—William R. (m)

Son

Suicidal behavior and threats involving guns (history of domestic violence and psychological problems)

Self

Treatment for depression and anxiety;

DUI and family violence arrests

Yes

3 (June 3, 2003)

Hearing scheduled for June 11, 2003

Norwich

1

Richard G. (m)

Former employer

Murder threat (apparent reaction to job loss for disciplinary reasons)

Nonspecific

Arrest record for disorderly conduct and assault; unknown psychiatric record

Yes

2, plus ammunition and other weapon

(November 12, 1999)

Court ordered guns released to relative on November 29, 1999case closed

Old Saybrook

1

Arthur G. (m)

Parent

Suicide threats (also brandished gun at individual and stated “I wouldn't want to have to use this;” had recorded history of brandishing guns at people)

Self

Unknown

Yes

1 (January 29, 2002)

May 17, 2002 court ordered guns returned; guns returned—case closed

Plainville

1

Robert J. (m)

Wife

Murder threat (directed at wife and police officers responding to verbal abuse complaint from wife)

Wife and police officers

History of alcohol abuse, treatment for psychological disorder

Yes

28, plus ammunition and bow and arrows (October 2, 2003)

Hearing scheduled for October 15, 2003—no further information available (August 2004)

Plymouth

1

Wayne C. (m)

Sister

Suicidal talk involving gun

Self

Unknown criminal or psychiatric record

Yes

2 (June 11, 2003)

On July 1, 2003 court ordered department to return guns; defendant agreed to let department keep guns for 30 days; returned guns on August 1, 2003—case closed

Rocky Hill

3

Case 1—Raymond P. (m)

Town official

Murder threat (had access to guns, history of threatening behavior, and arrest record for reckless endangerment)

Police officer

Unknown psychiatric or criminal record

Yes

18 (April 14, 2000)

Court ordered guns returned on June 15, 2000 on grounds of insufficient evidencecase closed

 

 

Case 2—Joseph S. (m)

Estranged wife

Murder threat (was in midst of acrimonious divorce; had known access to guns and history of physical violence)

Estranged wife

History of domestic violence arrests; had previously been subject of family violence protective orders; previous stay in psychiatric facility

Yes

6 (November 19, 1999)

As of October 26, 2001, case continued indefinitely; ownership of guns being litigated as part of marital asset in divorce case and an appeal is pending.

As of April 26, 2004, guns still in department's custody

   

Case 3—John B. (m)

Mother

Threatened suicide, held wife and daughter hostage

Self

Severe alcoholic who had been in detoxification center several times;

criminal record unknown

Yes

5, plus other weapons and ammunition (June 15, 2002)

Court ordered guns transferred to subject's mother on 7/03/02; guns transferred—case closed

Seymour

3

Case 1—Thomas G.

(m)

Employer of subject's ex-girlfriend

Murder threat (made numerous threatening calls to her at her workplace and home; heavy drinker and drug abuser)

Ex girlfriend

Unknown

Yes

No search (Subject surrendered guns voluntarily (2004))

No hearing requiredcase closed

 

 

Case 2—-Paul W. (m)

Doctor

Suicidal and homicidal behavior

Self and unspecified others

Psychiatric evaluation indicated that subject was depressed and had “multiple old and new risk factors for suicide”

Yes

8, plus other weapons (July 19, 2001)

Court ordered guns held until July 17, 2002—guns turned over to relative in 2002—case closed

   

Case 3—Alfred Y. (m)

Neighbor

Reckless gun use (pointed gun at children trespassing on his property)

Children

No record

Yes

10, plus ammunition and accessories (June 7, 2002)

Court ordered guns held for one year—guns returned September 19, 2004—case closed

Simsbury

1

Martin B. (m)

Unclear

Suicidal behavior (gave loaded gun to 15-year old daughter during heated argument and told her to kill him)

Self

Unknown criminal or psychiatric record

Yes

1 (February 1, 2000)

Court ordered gun held for one year until February 9, 2001; later, court ordered the gun destroyed; department turned it over to State Police for destruction on May 9, 2001case closed

Southington

5

Case 1—David W. (m) (see case 2 below)

Police officer

Suicide threats

Self

Unknown

Yes

33, plus ammunition and accessories (July 5, 2002)

Subject did not attend hearing; court ordered guns returned on September 27, 2002; guns returned on October 1, 2002case closed

   

Case 2—David W. (m) (see case 1 above)

Police officer

Suicide threats

Self

Unknown

Yes

3, plus ammunition and accessories (July 10, 2002)

Subject did not attend hearing; court ordered guns returned on September 27; guns returned on October 1, 2002case closed.

   

Case 3—Tye A. (m)

Nurse

Murder threat. Psychiatric nurse informed police that subject was a danger to himself and others. (subject was angry at state police officers who had raided his house and were investigating his alleged illegal gun trafficking)

State police officers

Treatment and hospitalization for anxiety and depression

Yes

No guns, large quantities of ammunition and accessories (January 1, 2003)

Court ordered ammunition and accessories held for 14 days

   

Case 4—Edward S. (m)

Self

Mental instability (called police to report people hiding under his bed and voices speaking to him; son expressed concern about his father's mental state and his possession of guns)

Non-specific

Unknown

Yes

8 (December 24, 2003)

Guns held for one year and returned on March 18, 2004—case closed

   

Case 5—John S. (m)

Mother

Suicidal threats and behavior

Self

Unknown

Yes

3, plus ammunition (August 9, 2004)

Hearing scheduled for September 16, 2004

Stamford

1

George V. (m)

Ex-girlfriend

Violent threat (threatened ex-girlfriend with gun violence; history of physical violence and murder threats against ex-girlfriend)

Ex-girlfriend

Unknown

Yes

Jan. 26, (2000)

1, plus ammunition and other weapons (seizure date not shown on warrant)

Court ordered gun held for one yearno further information available

Torrington

2

Case 1—Robert S. (m)

Doctor

Murder threat (told doctor during session of his desire to kill wife and of his house full of guns, including assault weapons; in past incident, had locked estranged wife in bedroom, kept her hostage for about 45 minutes, brandished gun at her, and threatened to shoot her)

Ex-wife

Psychiatric involvement; criminal record unknown

Yes

35, plus other weapons and ammunition (June 21, 2000)

Court ordered guns held for one year; guns returned on September 1, 2003—case closed

   

Case 2—Nelson B. (m)

Doctor

Hospitalized for paranoid psychosis; “noncompliant with follow-up”

None specifically named

Paranoid psychosis

Yes

1 (November 25, 2002)

Hearing scheduled for December 9, 2002; as of June 9, 2004, department still had gun

Trumbull

1

Louis K. (m)

Health care official

Threatened murder/suicide

Self and wife

Unknown

Yes

6, plus other weapons and ammunition (February 22, 2002)

March 2002, court ordered guns transferred to qualified relative; guns transferred—case closed

UConn

1

Stephen L. (m)

School official

Violent threat (subject left numerous disturbing, angry, and implicitly threatening voice mail messages for school officials after he failed several law school courses)

School officials

Psychiatric treatment for psychosis;

criminal record not known

Yes

(Jan. 26, 2002)

No guns found

No hearing requiredcase closed

Vernon

2

(Case 1)—David K. (m)

Girlfriend

Suicide threat and suicidal behavior (took bottle of Xanax with large quantity of alcohol, called girlfriend, and threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes

1 (March 16, 2004)

Court ordered guns held for one year, until March 26, 2005

   

(Case 2)—Linda M. (f)

Unclear

Suicidal behavior (series of mysterious fires involving subject in possession of gun and apparently suffering from depression, anxiety, or both)

Unclear

Treatment for depression and anxiety;

criminal record not known

Yes

2 (May 5, 2004)

On July 8, 2004 court ordered police to return guns—case closed

Wallingford

2

Case 1—Stanley P. (m)

Unclear

Unstable behavior (officials responded to defendant's house six times in ten months for mental health issues; defendant sees imaginary objects and people; defendant abuses medications)

Self and others

Psychiatric treatment for bi-polar disorder and other mental health conditions

Yes

4, plus other weapons (November 1, 2005)

Guns still being held by department (February 28, 2006)

   

Case 2—Christopher M. (m)

Unclear

Unstable behavior (committed to mental institution after threatening suicide; upon release, sought to repossess gun)

Self

Psychiatric treatment

Yes

4 (November 16, 2005)

Court ordered guns to be held for one year (November 28, 2005); department still has guns (February 28, 2006)

Waterbury

1

Liam K. (m)

Neighbor

Suicidal behavior (despondent over mother's death)

Self

Emergency commitment at hospital for making threatening statements against neighbor

Yes

Yes, but number of guns unclear (August 26, 2004)

Guns still being held by department (February 28, 2006)

West Hartford

17

Case 1—Seymour C. (m)

Police investigation

Mental instability (Korean veteran having flashbacks; was on medication for post-traumatic stress, had emotional and mental problems)

Nonspecific

Post-traumatic stress;

Arrest record not known

Yes

7 (October 15, 1999)

Initially court ordered guns held for one year; later, all parties agreed to disposition—case closed

   

Case 2—Kenneth P. (m)

Brother

Suicidal behavior (despondent over mother's death, locked himself in room and refused to eat or answer door or phone; was drinking heavily and was known to keep guns in his house)

Self

Criminal or psychiatric record not known

Yes

4 (October 23, 1999)

Court ordered guns held for one year—guns turned over to subject's estate administrator on January 30, 2001—case closed

   

Case 3—Nancy N. (f)

Therapist

Threatened to kill herself and partner with her gun (psychiatrist said subject was a threat to herself and others)

Self and partner

Psychiatric treatment for emotional problems; arrest record not known

Yes

(Jan. 5, 2000)

No guns found

No hearing requiredcase closed

   

Case 4—W. H. (m)

Neighbors

Mental instability (kicked garbage into streets, fired guns recklessly, ranted at passing traffic, etc.)

Nonspecific

Criminal and psychiatric history not known

Yes

(Sep. 11, 2000)

2, plus other weapons and ammunition

Court ordered guns held for one year; guns returned at end of periodcase closed

   

Case 5 Stephen C. (m)

Unclear

Mental instability (irrational and violent behavior, smashed doors, thrashed house, etc. for no apparent reason)

Nonspecific

Unknown

Yes

1 (August 22, 2001)

Gun turned over to State Police for destruction—case closed

   

Case 6—Mario R. (m)

Unclear

Domestic dispute between couple in middle of divorce

Wife

Not known

Yes

1 (July 22, 2002)

Court ordered guns held for one year; guns returned—case closed

   

Case 7—Eduardo R. (m) (see Case 8 below)

Ex-girlfriend

Domestic violence—several murder threats and history of physical abuse

Ex-girlfriend

Unknown

Yes

7, plus accessories (January 25, 2002)

Victim withdrew allegations; no hearing required; department returned guns in February 2002—case closed

   

Case 8—Eduardo R. (m) (see case 7 above)

Ex-girlfriend

Hit victim with gun and threatened to shoot her; history of physical abuse

Ex-girlfriend

Unknown

No (2002)

NA

NA—case closed

   

Case 9—Martin F. (m)

Clinical Social Worker

Suicide threat (pending divorce)

Self

Treatment for severe depression, alcoholism, and drug abuse

Yes

13, plus ammunition and accessories (September 29, 2003)

October 7, 2003 court ordered department to return guns, which were returned on October 16, 2003—case closed

   

Case 10—Frederick H. (m)

Girlfriend

Suicidal behavior (placed gun on chest and told girlfriend to shoot him)

Self

 

Yes

7 (November 22, 2002)

Court ordered guns held for one year; guns returned December 92, 2003—case closed

   

Case 11—Mark C. (m)

Unclear

Suicide threat involving guns

Self

History of psychiatric treatment; unknown criminal record

Yes

4, plus ammunition (June 4, 2003)

Court ordered guns held for one year until June 4, 2004; department still has guns (August 8, 2004)

   

Case 12—Richard J. (m)

Friend

Suicide threat; murder threat

Self and ex-girlfriend

Unknown

Yes

1 (February 12, 2005)

Hearing scheduled for February 28, 2005—gun still held by department (February 7, 2006)

   

Case 13— David M. (m)

Neighbor

Violent gun threat during an argument

Neighbor

Manslaughter charge

Yes

3 (December 21, 2004)

Hearing scheduled for January 4, 2005; court order unclear, but guns ordered destroyed (May 19, 2005); guns destroyed on August 24, 2005—case closed

   

Case 14

Andrew S. (m)

Father

Suicide threat; murder threat

Self and father

Unknown

Yes

No guns found (October 7, 2004)

No firearms seized, so no hearing held (October 12, 2004)- case closed

   

Case 15— James B. (m)

Doctor

Suicidal behavior (e-mailing Governor Rell to state that “I have lost everything”)

Self

Unknown

Yes

1 (June 15, 2005)

Court ordered gun returned (July 14, 2005); gun returned August 29, 2005case closed

   

Case 16—Richard S. (m)

Unknown

Violent threats (after demotion, threatened to blow up workplace)

Co-workers

Unknown

Yes

5, plus ammunition and accessories (June 17, 2005)

Hearing scheduled for July 1, 2005; department still holding guns (February 15, 2006)

   

Case 17—

James S. (m)

Wife

Domestic violence

Wife

Previous arrest for domestic violence

Yes

4, plus accessories (March 30, 2006)

Hearing pending April 2006

West Haven

3

Case 1—Kurt H. (m)

Employer

Suicidal talk (despondent behavior over prospect of losing his job told police that they may as well put bullet in his head)

Self

Arrest history for domestic violence

Yes

1, plus ammunition and accessories (March 16, 2001)

Court ordered police to return; as of May 26, 2004 department still had gun

   

Case 2—Donald M. (m)

Police investigation

Reckless gun use (recklessly discharged gun in backyard, damaging property)

No specific target

Bipolar and psychosomatic conditions, hospitalization for psychiatric condition, alcohol dependency; criminal record unknown

Yes

1, plus ammunition, other weapons, and accessories (July 12, 2002)

Court ordered guns held for one year and destroyed after holding period; guns destroyed on September as of 27, 2004 –case closed

   

Case 3— Malcolm N. (m)

Girlfriend

Unstable behavior

Self or others

History of psychiatric problems

Yes

13, plus other weapons, ammunition, and accessories (July 6, 2005)

Court ordered guns held for one year (July 20, 2005); Department still has guns (January 2006)

Windsor

2

Case 1—David H. (m)

Information unavailable

Information unavailable

Information not available

Unknown

Yes

3 (September 10, 2001)

Court ordered guns held for one year until September 20, 2002

   

Case 2—Anthony S. (m)

Estranged wife

Murder threat

Wife

Felony conviction for risk of injury (1996); history of domestic violence (2003)

Yes

5, plus ammunition (Jan 8, 2005)

Department still has guns, pending police investigation (February 28, 2006)

Windsor Locks

2

Case 1— John N. (m)

Wife

Unstable behavior (caused by new medication)

Family

Unknown criminal record; wife indicated previous history of violence

Yes

20 (March 23, 2005)

Court order unclear, but guns returned May 27, 2005—case closed

   

Case 2— Alvin D. (m)

Employer

Violent gun threats (distraught over problems with family)

Co-workers

History of family problems

Yes

1, plus ammunition, accessories and pistol permit (February 4, 2005)

Hearing held on February 15, 2005; Court ordered guns destroyed April 12, 2005—case closed

Wolcott

1

Craig P. (m)

Mother

Suicide threats

Self

Hospitalization for suicidal behaviors

Denied for lack of probable cause (Feb. 2000)

NA

Subject committed suicidecase closed

State Police

24

Case 1—David A. (m)

(Danielson)

Police investigation

Violent behaviorroad rage (deputy sheriff, while drunk, pursued black couple on highway, directed racial slurs at them, and fired shots at them)

Motorists

Unknown criminal or psychiatric history

Yes

7, plus ammunition and other weapons (November 1, 1999)

Court ordered police to return guns because they had not exhausted the law's reasonable alternative standards; person did not retrieve guns; they were destroyed on May 8, 2002—case closed

 

 

Case 2—Edward S. (m) (Tolland)

Visiting nurse

Suicide threats (threatened to blow off his head because he was depressed over wife's death; doctor expressed concern over guns in subject's house)

Self

Unknown criminal and psychiatric history

Yes

12, plus ammunition and accessories (November 18, 1999)

Court ordered guns held for one year on January 5, 2000guns returned on January 16, 2001, except an unregistered TEC 9, which was ordered destroyed—case closed

 

 

Case 3—Michael S. (m) (Salem)

Police investigation

Mental instability

Nonspecific

Institutionalized for mental problems;

History of felony arrests

Yes

72, plus ammunition and accessories (August 2, 2000)

Court ordered guns transferred to a 3rd party on April 6, 2001case closed

 

 

Case 4—Robert B. (m) (Monroe)

Sister-in-law

Sister-in-law expressed fear of subject after her actions led to his arrest; subject had access to large cache of guns; went to sister-in-law's residence while armed to claim property (previously threatened to kill former employer)

Sister-in-law

Arrest for forgery

Yes

231 (August 30, 2000)

Court ordered guns, except assault weapons, transferred to dealer on December 6, 2000; per court order, assault weapons turned over to defendant on March 22, 2001—case closed

 

 

Case 5—Jerome F. (m) (see case 6 below)

(Troop K)

Police investigation

Violent threats (history of violent threats, including gun threats, directed at neighbor in numerous calls to police department, many made while drunk)

Neighbor

Criminal record for carrying gun without a permit; unknown psychiatric record

Yes

1, plus ammunition and accessories (February 16, 2001)

Court ordered gun held for one year; gun returned on June 13, 2002—case closed

 

 

Case 6—Jerome F. (m) (see case 5 above)

(Troop K)

Police investigation

Violent threats (see Case 5 above)

Neighbor

Criminal record for carrying gun without a permit; unknown psychiatric record

Yes

No guns1 flare launcher (September 26, 2001)

Court ordered weapon destroyedcase closed

 

 

Case 7—Robert L. (m) (Montville)

(Troop E)

Psychiatric clinician

Expressed homicidal thoughts to doctor about neighbors and tenant (had access to large gun cache)

Neighbors

Arrest for breach of peace;

Treatment for depression and mental problems; history of suicide attempts

Yes

7 (March 8, 2001)

Case continued to May 16, 2002police still holding guns (August 2004)

 

 

Case 8—Frank A. (m)

(Ellington)

(Troop C)

Unclear

Threatened to commit suicide with gun

Self

History of hospitalization and treatment for mental health problems)

Yes

(Sep. 7, 2001)

Unknown number

Subject agreed to have State Police destroy weapons; before written agreement was completed, he committed suicidecase closed

 

 

Case 9—Robert P. (m) Litchfield

(Troop L)

Drug and detoxification center employee

Murder and suicide threat (police records showed subject owned several guns)

Self and sister

History of voluntary and involuntary commitment for alcohol abuse

Yes

2, plus ammunition accessories, and other weapon (July 11, 2000)

Guns transferred to defendant's attorney on September 20, 2000—case closed

   

Case 10—Ray R. (m)

(Troop A)

Wife

Domestic violencehit and threatened to harm wife

Wife

History of alcoholism and domestic violence against wife

Yes

1 (July 17, 2002)

Court ordered guns held until July 24, 2003; no further information available (August 2, 2004)

   

Case 11Alexander S. (m)

(Troop B)

Information unavailable at this time

Threatened suicide with gun (in aftermath of bank foreclosure on his house and attempted eviction)

Self

Unknown

Yes

34 (March 14, 2002)

Court ordered guns held for one year; guns returned March 26, 2003—case closed

   

Case 12—Audrey J. (f)

(Troop H)

Police officer

Suicide threat

Self

Unknown

Yes

3 (April 23, 2002)

Court ordered guns held for one year on May 6, 2003; Handguns destroyed on October 9, 2003—case closed

   

Case 13—Joseph C. (m)

(Troop H)

Unclear

Family violence complaint (previous history of suicide threat and bodily harm to wife)

Unknown

Unknown

Yes

10 (April 16, 2002)

As of April 29, 2004,

department still had guns

   

Case 14—Kent C. (m) (Troop C)

Police Investigation

DUI accident with gun in vehicle (had DUI record and previously complained to police of his depression)

No specific target

Unknown

Yes

4, plus ammunition and accessories (March 17, 2004)

Court ordered guns held until March 31, 2005

   

Case 15—Robert R. (m) (Troop C)

Police investigation

Historical (involved 1999 breach of peace conviction and breach of peace orders; history of drug and alcohol abuse)

No specific target

Hospitalization for mental illness, history of drug and alcohol abuse

Yes

2, plus ammunition (March 17, 2004)

Court ordered guns destroyed on April 2, 2004—case closed

   

Case 16—Alan G. (m) (Troop H)

DOT officials

Murder threat directed at DOT workers because agency was in process of taking family land by eminent domain

DOT workers

Bipolar disorder

Yes (March 3, 2004)

No guns found

Hearing not required—case closed

   

Case 17—

Kennard P. (m) Troop B)

Sister

Suicidal behavior. (In drunken state, subject locked self in room with “large collection of firearms” where police heard “the action of a firearm moving to allow a round of ammunition into the chamber.)

Self

Bipolar disorder and severe alcoholism; previous emergency committals

Yes

10, plus other dangerous weapons and ammunition (February 26, 2003)

Court ordered guns turned over to brother on August 25, 2003case closed

   

Case 18—Eunice S. (f) (Troop H)

Coworker

Murder threat (Hartford police had previously seized another gun from subject because she had pulled it on another coworker)

Coworker

Unknown

Yes

2, plus ammunition and accessories (January 17 and 19, 2003)

No information available (August 2, 2004).

   

Case 19—Kevin R. (m) (Troop C)

Wife

Suicidal threat

Self

Unknown

Yes

2 (April 27, 2004)

Court ordered guns held for one year until May 6, 2005; at hearing, Court ordered guns returned to owner (May 6, 2005)—case closed

   

Case 20

Richard L. (m) (Troop C)

Cemetery groundskeeper

Suicide threat (physician certified that defendant was gravely disabled and dangerous to self and others)

Self

Severe depression

Yes

1 (February 23, 2005)

Court ordered guns destroyed (March 17, 2005)—case closed

   

Case 21—Jeffrey M. (m)

(Troop E)

Therapist

Suicide threat; murder threats

Self, wife, and therapist

History of psychiatric problems

Yes

Seized ammunition and accessories (no guns) (May 12, 2005)

Court ordered return of ammunition to defendant's father (May 26, 2005); ammunition returned on June 2, 2005case closed

   

Case 22— James B. (m) (Troop I)

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Yes

Seizure on October 18, 2004; quantity of guns seized unclear

Hearing scheduled for October 29, 2004; Court ordered guns held for one year; Department continues to hold guns because defendant was later arrested for domestic violence

   

Case 23— Timothy M. (m) (Troop L)

Girlfriend

Unstable behavior

Self and others

Bi-polar disorder; substance abuse

Yes

13 (May 20, 2005)

Court ordered portion of weapons destroyed and other portion sold (October 19, 2005); Department no longer has gunscase closed

   

Case 24— Brian B. (m) (Troop L)

Employer

Suicide threats

Self

History of psychiatric problems

Yes

13 (March 11, 2005)

Court order unclear, but department still has guns (February 7, 2006)

This report is based largely on Judicial Department information and an OLR survey of the State Police and local police departments. Because, among other things, departments do not maintain their data in a readily retrievable format and some departments (16) did not respond to the surveys, the figures in this report represent the minimum, and not necessarily the total, number of applications under this law. Closed cases are noted in bold red italics.

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