John Hirschfeld, the former state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection employee accused of possession of a banned assault weapon and other firearms violations, has applied for a special form of probation that would allow him to avoid jail and eventually have his arrest record cleared. . . .

... The seizure of Hirschfield’s gun under Connecticut’s so-called red flag law.

DEEP employees told police that Hirschfeld would mention his firearms when making comments they viewed as threatening.

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