Gun collecting can be a hobby for many different types of people. However, if an individual has a felony conviction in their history, they may want to find another area of interest. It is not legal for felons in most states, including Connecticut, to acquire firearms, and being found doing so may lead to serious charges. If an individual with a felony conviction is thought to be acquiring or accumulating weapons, they could potentially face more aggressive prosecution than the average citizen.
An individual was arrested in Connecticut in mid-March after police allegedly found a collection of firearms in his home. According to police, the man had put together a large group of firearms, which resulted in significant charges against him. He faces a total of 38 counts of criminal possession of firearms, and other firearms charges.
Even if the man did not have a felony conviction in his history, he likely would have received criminal charges related to possession of many of the weapons since several were alleged to be stolen. The police looked into the situation based on a tip about someone trying to acquire parts for an AR-15. The bail set by the court in this case was quite high at $750,000.
If an individual with a felony conviction is accused of serious charges related to weapons, knowledge of the law may help them navigate the system more effectively. Law enforcement often has a strong agenda where weapons are concerned, especially those that are allegedly illegal or stolen. That may give the police significant motivation to prosecute the case aggressively, and a defendant in Connecticut may want to prepare accordingly.
Source: Hartford Courant, "Police: Felon Amassed Gun Collection," Hilda Munoz, March 23, 2013