CHAPTER 946
OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC POLICY

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Sec. 53-278c. Seizure of gambling devices. Penalties for possession, sale, etc., of gambling devices or records. Exceptions.
Sec. 53-341b. Sale or delivery of body armor restricted.
Sec. 53-341c. Unauthorized taking or transmission by first responders of images of crime or accident victims.

      Sec. 53-278c. Seizure of gambling devices. Penalties for possession, sale, etc., of gambling devices or records. Exceptions. (a) All gambling devices are common nuisances and, if found in a place known or suspected to be a gambling premise, are subject to seizure, immediately upon detection, by any peace officer, who shall hold the same subject to confiscation and destruction by order of a court having jurisdiction.

      (b) No property right in any such gambling device shall exist or be recognized in any person, except the possessory right of officers enforcing sections 53-278a to 53-278g, inclusive.

      (c) All furnishings, fixtures, equipment and stock, including without limitation furnishings and fixtures adaptable to nongambling uses and equipment and stock for printing, recording, computing, transporting, safekeeping or, except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) of section 53-278d, communication, used in connection with professional gambling or maintaining a gambling premise, and all money or other things of value at stake or displayed in or in connection with professional gambling or any gambling device, shall be subject to seizure, immediately upon detection, by any peace officer, and shall, unless good cause is shown to the contrary by the owner, be ordered by the court to be destroyed or disposed of to a charitable or educational institution or to a governmental agency or institution, provided, if such property is money or valuable prize, it shall become the property of the state; except any such property which at the time of such order is subject to a bona fide mortgage, assignment of lease or rent, lien or security interest shall remain subject to such mortgage, assignment, lien or security interest. The court may also order that such property be sold by sale at public auction, in which case the proceeds shall become the property of the state; provided any person who has a bona fide mortgage, assignment of lease or rent, lien or security interest shall have the same right to the proceeds as he had in the property prior to sale. The provisions of section 54-33g shall not be applicable to proceedings under this section.

      (d) Except as provided in subsection (e) of this section, any person who knowingly owns, manufactures, possesses, buys, sells, rents, leases, stores, repairs or transports any gambling device, or offers or solicits any interest therein, except in connection with a permit under sections 7-169 to 7-186, inclusive, whether through an agent or employee or otherwise shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor. Subsection (b) of this section shall have no application in the enforcement of this subsection.

      (e) Any firm or corporation may engage in the business of manufacturing gambling devices for use outside of the state, provided such firm or corporation has obtained approval for the manufacture and transportation of such devices from the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection. The commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to implement the provisions of this subsection.

      (f) Any person who knowingly prints, makes, possesses, stores or transports any gambling record, or buys, sells, offers or solicits any interest therein, whether through an agent or employee or otherwise, shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor, and in the enforcement of this subsection direct possession of any gambling record shall be presumed to be knowing possession thereof.

      (P.A. 73-455, S. 3; P.A. 74-221, S. 8; P.A. 75-54, S. 2, 3; P.A. 84-89, S. 1, 2; Jan. 6 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-1, S. 2; P.A. 11-51, S. 134, 205.)

      History: P.A. 74-221 amended Subsec. (c) to replace former provisions requiring sale of forfeited property, allowing transfer of liens against such property to proceeds of sale and requiring equal division of proceeds between general fund of state and general fund of political subdivision whose officers made the seizure, with provisions requiring destruction of property, disposition to charitable or educational institution or governmental agency or consideration as state property; P.A. 75-54 amended Subsec. (c) to add provisions similar to those which existed prior to amendment of P.A. 74-221 re rights of persons holding mortgages, liens, etc. against property to claim share of proceeds of sale, etc; P.A. 84-89 inserted new Subsec. (e), exempting from criminal liability firms or corporations which manufacture gambling devices for out-of-state use provided they have approval to manufacture and transport from the public safety commissioner and relettered former Subsec. (e) as Subsec. (f); (Revisor's note: In 1993 a reference to repealed Sec. 7-186m was replaced editorially by the Revisors with a reference to Sec. 7-186l in Subsec. (d)); Jan. 6 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-1 amended Subsec. (d) by deleting reference to Sec. 7-186l and substituting reference to Sec. 7-186, effective January 7, 2003; P.A. 11-51, S. 205, made no changes; pursuant to P.A. 11-51, S. 134, "Commissioner of Public Safety" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection" in Subsec. (e), effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 53-341b. Sale or delivery of body armor restricted. (a) No person, firm or corporation shall sell or deliver body armor to another person unless the transferee meets in person with the transferor to accomplish the sale or delivery.

      (b) The provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall not apply to the sale or delivery of body armor to (1) a sworn member or authorized official of an organized local police department, the Division of State Police within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the Division of Criminal Justice, the Department of Correction, the Board of Pardons and Paroles or the Department of Motor Vehicles, (2) an authorized official of a municipality or the Department of Administrative Services that purchases body armor on behalf of an organized local police department, the Division of State Police within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the Division of Criminal Justice, the Department of Correction, the Board of Pardons and Paroles or the Department of Motor Vehicles, (3) an authorized official of the Judicial Branch who purchases body armor on behalf of a probation officer, or (4) a member of the National Guard or the armed forces reserve.

      (c) As used in this section, "body armor" means any material designed to be worn on the body and to provide bullet penetration resistance.

      (d) Any person, firm or corporation that violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

      (P.A. 98-127, S. 2; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3, S. 82; P.A. 06-119, S. 2; P.A. 11-51, S. 134; 11-213, S. 49.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3 amended Subsec. (b) to exempt a sale or delivery of body armor to a sworn member or authorized official of the Division of Criminal Justice, to an authorized official of a municipality or the Department of Administrative Services who purchases body armor on behalf of the Division of Criminal Justice or to an authorized official of the judicial branch who purchases body armor on behalf of a probation officer, and to make technical changes, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 06-119 amended Subsec. (b) to insert Subdiv. designators, exempt in Subdiv. (1) the sale or delivery of body armor to a sworn member or authorized official of Department of Correction or Board of Pardons and Paroles and exempt in Subdiv. (2) the sale or delivery of body armor to an authorized official of Department of Administrative Services that purchases body armor on behalf of Department of Correction or Board of Pardons and Paroles, effective July 1, 2006; pursuant to P.A. 11-51, "Department of Public Safety" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection" in Subsec. (b), effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 11-213 amended Subsec. (b)(1) and (2) to add references to Department of Motor Vehicles, effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 53-341c. Unauthorized taking or transmission by first responders of images of crime or accident victims. Any peace officer or firefighter, as those terms are defined in section 53a-3, or any ambulance driver, emergency medical responder, emergency medical technician or paramedic, as those terms are defined in section 19a-175, who responds to a request to provide medical or other assistance to a person and, other than in the performance of his or her duties, knowingly (1) takes a photographic or digital image of such person without the consent of such person or a member of such person's immediate family, or (2) transmits, disseminates or otherwise makes available to a third person a photographic or digital image of such person without the consent of such person or a member of such person's immediate family, shall be fined not more than two thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

      (P.A. 11-47, S. 1.)

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