In a Second Amendment challenge, the state Appellate Court has upheld the confiscation of a West Hartford lawyer’s guns after police determined that he was at risk of harming himself or others. Meanwhile, the lawyer, Donald Hope, who is a divorce mediator in West Hartford, contends that a bad reaction to medication precipitated the police incident.

According to court documents, West Hartford police responded to a 911 call on May 15, 2014, for a possible burglary at Hope’s home. When the police officer arrived, Hope’s wife, Susan, told the officer that she came home to find her husband standing in the kitchen with a .22-caliber rifle. Donald Hope instructed her to call 911 because he said he thought that he had heard an intruder in the home. Police officers inspected the home and did not find any signs of forced entry.

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