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8.2-2  Purchasing a Pistol or Revolver without a Permit -- § 29-33 (b)

Revised to December 1, 2007

The defendant is charged [in count __] with purchasing or receiving a pistol or revolver without a valid permit.

For you to find the defendant guilty of this charge, the state must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

Element 1 - Purchased or received a pistol or revolver
The first element is that the defendant purchased or received a pistol or revolver.  A "pistol or revolver" means any firearm having a barrel less than twelve inches.1

Element 2 - Without a permit
The second element is that the defendant did not have a valid permit.  <Review evidence of permit.>2

Conclusion

In summary, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that 1) the defendant (purchased / received) a pistol or revolver, and 2) the defendant did not have a valid permit.

If you unanimously find that the state has proved beyond a reasonable doubt each of the elements of the crime of purchasing or receiving a pistol or revolver without a permit, then you shall find the defendant guilty.  On the other hand, if you unanimously find that the state has failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt any of the elements, you shall then find the defendant not guilty.
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1 Because the definition of "pistol or revolver" derives from General Statutes § 29-27, operability of the pistol or revolver is not a requirement of this offense.  See glossary entry for pistol or revolver.

2 The statute specifies a carrying permit issued pursuant to General Statutes § 29-28 (b), a retail sales permit issued pursuant to General Statutes § 29-28 (a), or an eligibility certificate issued pursuant to General Statutes § 29-36f.  A federal marshal, parole officer or peace officer is not required to have a permit.
 


 

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