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Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed NO
No Weapons Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry PermittedSEE DETAILS
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information

Connecticut gun laws show a “May Issue” state. However, the state operates more like a “Shall Issue” state due to various court decisions. There is a two step process to obtain a permit. Firstly an applicant must apply for a temporary permit from the local authorities and then another application is made at the state level. This results in you paying for two permits, $140 in total. Connecticut gun laws are also strict on training and they will only accept the NRA’s basic pistol course.

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CCW permit recognition
  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
  • Issuing state

Connecticut does not honor permits from any other states.


Connecticut is a “may issue” state.
Non-Resident permits available.
The permit is valid for 5 years.

  • Must be at least twenty one years of age.
  • A legal resident of the United States.
  • Has a residence or business in the jurisdiction in which they are applying.
  • Intends to use the handgun for only lawful purposes.
  • Is a “suitable person” to receive a permit.
  • Has successfully completed a handgun safety course.
  • Has not been convicted of a felony or a violation of;
    • Criminal possession of a narcotic substance;
    • Criminally negligent homicide;
    • Assault in the third degree;
    • Reckless endangerment in the firstdegree;
    • Unlawful restraint in the second degree;
    • Riot in the first degree;
    • Stalking in the second degree
  • Has not been convicted as a delinquent for the commission of a serious juvenile offense.
  • Has not been discharged from custody within the preceding twenty years after having been found not guilty of a crime by reason of mental disease or defect.
  • Is not subject to a restraining or protective order issued by a court in a case involving the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against another person.
  • Is not subject to a firearms seizure order issued for posing a risk of personal injury to self or others after a hearing.
  • Is not prohibited from possessing a firearm for having been adjudicated as a mentally incompetent under federal law.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons

Off-Limit Areas

Where You Can Carry

  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • Public or private elementary or secondary school property
  • A permit to carry is required to carry a handgun outside one’s home (even though one may still be on his own property);
  • In any place of business in which one is merely an employee, not an owner or operator;
  • A permit is also required to transport a handgun back and forth between one’s home and place of business, or to and from a range for target shooting.
  • Any building in which the chamber of either house of the General Assembly is located or in which the official office of any member, officer or employee of the General Assembly or the office of any committee of the General Assembly or either house thereof is located or any building in which a committee of the General Assembly is holding a public hearing.
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Connecticut Gun Laws

Get in Touch

Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection
Division of State Police
Special Licensing and Firearms Unit


Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:15pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 1111 Country Club Rd.

CityMiddletown, Ct. 06457

Phone (860) 685-8494



  1. I’m thinking about moving from NY to CT, I am a current pistol permit holder in NY. What is the process of obtaining a CT pistol permit and keeping my NY one?

    1. The process is relatively easy depending on the county u live in I live in Bridgeport shit took me a year but that was only do to the fingerprint appointment that was prolonged because of the people leaving for covid, I heard in other cities it took about 2 months .. easy course , papers , fingerprints, and money orders simple , but I’m curious on that New York permit I need that

  2. envie mis documentos al correo k dice, el 31 de agosto, y no e recibido respuesta alguna
    si alguien sabe como se hace, por favor decirme

  3. Question I have my ct permit I’ve had it for some time now. Just want to clear a few things up for myself. When I’m driving I can carry my pistol on me correct? But what if I am driving within CT and I have my pistol in the car but I don’t have it on me say I put it in the center console is that legal or do I have to unload it and separate the ammo from the pistol I can’t just place it in the center console while driving and then before I get out of the car I can just holster it. I think I know the answer I just want clarification I’m assuming the pistol has to be on my person when driving. Also what about leaving it in my vehicle I know it has to be locked and in a secure place but does ammo have to be removed for that too. Sorry if these are dumb I just don’t want to do something that will get me in hot water

    1. Common sense, man. If you’re driving, unless you’re in a restricted area (school, federal property, etc) you can absolutely have it on you. That’s the whole point of having a permit to conceal your legally owned weapon. Your weapon is about as useful as a wet fart if you unload it and separate the ammo from your weapon and all of a sudden, your life depends upon you needing it for a situation you didn’t think you’d be in. As for “leaving it in your vehicle”, I’d highly recommend you not do that if you can. But if you must, ensure it is in a LOCKED container (locked glovebox, or pelican case) along with your vehicle ALSO BEING LOCKED. Remember, improper storage of a firearm WILL get you locked up and your permit revoked/suspended if you report your firearm stolen on account of any irresponsibility or negligence. As for the ammo, keep that with your weapon. Always.

      Be safe.

  4. I sign a lease for single family didn’t tell my landlord and my assurance do I get in trouble ?

  5. Hi, I live in CT and have just acquired my CT Gun Permit – Can I drive to PA to purchase a gun (legally at a gun store) and bring it back to CT?
    Do I have to do anything (register) when back in CT?

  6. I lived in GA for 6 years and bought a pistol, I recently moved to CT but didn’t bring my gun here with me because I heard the gun laws were pretty strict. I would like to bring my gun up here but don’t know if I have to register my pistol here. I currently have my CT pistol permit but am still unsure of the registration process for my pistol.

    1. As long as it was purchased legally and You have a ccw permit in Ct. than there is no need to give the state any other information.

    2. Similar situation here. Don’t worry about it, as long as it doesn’t fit the definition of an “assault weapon” in this state, and it doesn’t hold more than 10+1 rounds, you’re good. Especially since you have both permits from both states.

  7. Hi, does anyone know the actual rules for carry in CT (with a permit)? I.e. in what circumstance can you draw or even display your firearm? If someone is coming at you with a bat can you put your hand to your hip to infer you’re armed?

    If there’s a handy link that’d be helpful. I’ve scoured and have come up empty. Thanks!

    1. You can only draw your firearm if you are in fear of your life.
      Open carry is legal in CT – with a carry permit.
      Displaying, or inferring you have your gun as a way to stop a threat is an offense. It’s classed as assault with a deadly weapon.

      1. Open carry is technically legal but given the current climate a cop friend has told me you are likely to be issued a ticket for breach of peace if someone gets scared and complains to the police…although I hear those cases are generally dismissed when in court

    2. If You feel Your life or others are in ganger,You have every right to defend Yourself and others by ALL means neccesary.

      1. Doesn’t mean you will not be arrested. Just means at the end of the day and hundreds of thousands of dollars they MAY find your actions justified

  8. I am relocating from Florida to long island New York can I transport my hand guns and rifles in a u haul w the rest of my belongings

    1. Hey if my wife has ct gun permit and I drive her to work and back and the gun Is in trunk and locked in a gun safe box unload with no ammo can I get in trouble

  9. I am planning On moving out of my parents place soon in to a small apartment. I have a CT pistol permit and so dose my father, can I leave my firearms at my parents place or do they need to come with me?

  10. I’m legally carrying a revolver{with permit} in Ct. Now I’m on my way to NY ,who does not respect the CT carry permit .Legally can I lock my revolver in a lockable case in the trunk, until I return to CT?

    1. Make sure that you store your ammunition in a locked area separate from your firearm.

    2. Absolutely not. New York does not honor CT permit at all. It’s a felony to carry it if caught. It’s like you never got a permit at all and a cop found it in your possession. On top of that, NY is a state that rarely ever gives non residential pistol permits so good luck. Don’t land yourself in hot water and be stuck paying a lawyer thousands of dollars to clear your name so you can get/keep a job over a simple fear of being caught without a pistol. Keep in mind that the percentage you’ll actually use it is very low and the percentage that you’ll be able to use it legally in New York without a permit is ZERO!!!

    3. NO! Unless you are passing through and don’t stop. Otherwise you’re committing a felony!

    1. No you need to go to the state police to get your actuall permit when you receive your 60 day temporary permit

    2. Once you get your Permanent Pistol permit issued by the State of CT, are you then able to buy a hand gun and ammunition ?

      1. You can purchase one from a license dealer with your temporary and they will hold it for you in there safe until you get your permanent permit I believe.

    3. Can I carry a firearm that I theoretically already owned with the temp permit ?

    1. of course. you have to have enough land and do it far enough from a structure.

      1. There are no regulations such as amount of land or shooting near structures. You do have to be a certain distance from the road along with an adequate backstop.

        1. You need a minimum of 5acres and have to be a minimum of 500ft away from any livable dwelling,

        2. Doesn’t mean you will not be arrested. Just means at the end of the day and hundreds of thousands of dollars they MAY find your actions justified

    2. It depends. Most more densely populated municipalities have ordinances prohibiting that. Others don’t.

  11. how is it that i got approved for my utah permit but denied for my ct permit?? only arrest i had in ct was a breach of peace charge back in 2015, as the same year i applied for both my utah and my ct?? never made sense to me?

    1. I am wondering what town this was in. every town is very different in issuing permits

      1. new fairfield.. wouldn’t the background check all be the same? i had a clean record when i first applied back in 2015, i received my denial 2 months before that breach of peace happened? could it be the local police officer? considering this degenerate has hated me since i was 15 years old… and if so how is it that he can uphold me second amendment rights over something stupid that happened when i was a kid….

        1. I lived in Stamford for 40 years, before leaving for North Carolina. The Stamford PD denied me a permit application, in spite of a clean criminal history. When I moved to Trumbull, I became friendly with one of their officers, who introduced me to a detective there. He provided me with the application, and I received the town permit 6 months later. The State PD permit was sent without issue. I discovered that the police will play games with your permit in CT., if they don’t want to issue it to you. In North Carolina, they are required to issue it, if you have no serious criminal or psychiatric history.

          1. Things have changed in CT over the last few years…a few years ago I got both my local permit and then my state permit in less than 8 weeks

          1. It’s a “Shall Issue state with limited discretion”

      2. Columbia. Took 6 months. I was told the delay was with the state doing the background check. Once that came back to the town, I got my town permit in minutes. Took the forms to Middletown and10 minutes had my state permit.

    2. breach of peace is a broad charge. what exactly was it that caused you to get that charge?

        1. Duh! Got arrested for interfering with a police officer and now you’re surprised they won’t give you a pistol permit? Seems like your childhood police buddy knows you better than Utah does.

  12. Couple questions, I currently am in the process of moving from NJ to CT. I have 2 hand guns that I will be bringing with me. 1st questions is what is the legal way to transfer these handguns and 2nd what are CT laws regaring owning a handgun in my residence. Not looking for a CC at this point just want to go about the process or transferring and owning in CT in a legal manner.

    Thank you.


    1. Call up to the DESPP and ask them . They are actually very helpful.
      (860) 685-8494
      M-F 8:30 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.

    2. Hey there, according to the State Police, anyone who lawfully acquired a gun in another state and moves to Connecticut does not need a credential to keep the firearm at his or her home or place of business.

      1. Keep in mind that “place of business” means YOU are the owner of the facility. It’s illegal to carry it if you’re just an employee. Termination and Felony charge.

    3. can enter CT as long as the firearm is unloaded and in a locked case. to the best of my knowledge you can have a hand gun in your home but not outside of it (even on your property) without a permit

    4. Get in touch with state licensing (CT) in Middletown your guns must be registered to your new address you won’t be able to remove them from your residence until you obtain a state CCL. Welcome to CT.

  13. I am confused and looking for help. Here’s the ordeal….
    When I was 17 I was arrested for risk of injury because I brought my 16 year old girlfriend to Riverside amusement park (now Six Flags New England) which is in Agawam, MA right over the CT border. She did not have permission from her parents which is why I was arrested for it and finally convicted to probation in 2001. Do I need to have this off my record to get my permit? I never been arrested since then and I just took my NRA course. It’s ridiculous what I a minor was charged with, but then again its CT. I don’t want to submit all my paperwork to be denied and lose all the money. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    1. Disclaimer. I am not a lawyer. Without going into details the following has some grounding in personal experience.

      If you were charged as a youth, or used your youthful offender status then the record of the incident would have been long ago sealed, and for all intensive purposes, no longer recoverable in a general background search.

      This holds true for most offensives, and although I’m not personally familiar with risk of injury I suspect that it’s the case.

      I recommend that you Google and contact Attorney Ralph Sherman in New Britain, CT. He’s specializes in the 2nd amendment. For a small fee he will advise you and background search you. I’m sure he’ll give you the greenlight, and it’s worth the peace of mind before submitting. After submission it’s a long wait!

  14. You state 60 days for ccw permit processing time.. took me 5 months to get an non-resident ccw

    1. It’s actually around 5months for in-state residents as well. The state of CT breaks their own rules for time limits and time requirements.

  15. My apartment complex is saying all new and re-signed leases do not permit firearms in the apartments unless necessary for a person’s job. Is this legal? I have my permit and a legal, registered pistol.

  16. I want to buy a gun for my wife as a gift. She has her permit as do I. Isn’t there a transfer process that allows me to do this in CT?
    If so, what is that process?

    1. A rifle you can fill out the paperwork and call CSP and transfer, pistol you have to transfer through FFL, give her a picture of it or gift card and have her buy it herself. It’s easier.

      1. You do not need an FFL for a private firearm sale, between licensed individuals, in CT. You can fill out the DPS3 (4 copies) at your kitchen counter and call the state transfer # yourself. It’s not a hassle, but a bit unnecessary. Why not take her out to lunch and stop at a gun store afterwards? Let her pick out what she wants and pay for it.

        Good luck 🙂

  17. If I was arrested in NY as a minor (20 years ago) for possession of marijuana (small amount) am I required to list that on my application in CT?

    I ran a background check on myself and it did not show up.

    Thank you!

    1. If your arrest was for NY penal law 221.05 its considered a violation in the state of NY which is not a misdemeanor or felony in Conneticut. So it will not effect your ability to obtain a ccw in Conneticut. I am both a NY and CT resident.

    1. That bill made it out of committee but it died on the floor, it was never even called for a vote….

  18. I seems to me that the 2A allows you to CC with a CT pistol permit in CT,but your not allowed to CC a legal firearm at a private place of work,where I work as NO handbook,no signs or information saying yes or no,but I can`t see how a work place policy can overrule a federal law.

    1. So long as your company doesn’t have a policy against it, you can carry at work; so long as it’s not forbidden by local, state, or federal law (ie: a post office, school, etc). I lock my pistol in the car, but have it on me while letting it arm up, in the colder months.

  19. I actually open carry at times. Usually on hot days or if I want to wear a nice fitting shirt. Haven’t had any problems with it so far. Only exception is a couple people that take a look at it but no words said to me. But I agree it’s very uncommon.

  20. Good Morning,
    I recently completed the CT class to carry a pistol. While filling out the paperwork there is a question about having ever been arrested,as I’m sure everyone reading this knows. I was arrested three years ago and was given Accelerated Rehabilitation. I completed the period of time that was given to me (1 year)and was informed my record was wiped clean. On the Judicial branch website under convictions, my name is not nor has it ever been listed.
    When I submit my application, I do not want to be deceitful but I also don’t want to bring unwanted attention to myself. I would appreciate honest advice and suggestions.
    Thank you in advance

    1. Hello Mike. You dont have to say anything about your arrest due to the accelerated rehabilitation. With the accelerated rehabilitation it makes it so that arrest is off your record so you can say no you haven’t been arrested.

    2. This actually happened to me as well. I went through the AR program and was told my record was clean. I got a copy of the court papers saying what I was charged with and that it was dismissed and attached it to my application. The officer I dealt with told me I didn’t need to do it or put it down but it just shows I’m not hiding anything. Just peace of mind I guess. Hope all went well with you.

    3. This happened to me, and my court documents were sealed. When I applied for my permit, and answered ‘no’ (which I was told to do), I was denied. I had to hire a lawyer and go through the state board of firearm appellant process, which took a year’s worth of time.

  21. I have a CCW in Georgia and plan to visit relatives in Connecticut. I realize CT does not recognize GAs CCW permits and my intent is to store the weapon in a TSA approved lockbox in the trunk while in CT. Most of the information I have read is in regards to transporting through CT, not stopping in this manner. Any suggestions on where to find answers?

    1. I’m a CT resident, not a lawyer or anything. To my understanding you technically will be in violation of CT statutes if you are to remain in CT with a pistol rather than just passing through. I highly recommend having the weapon unloaded and locked separately from the ammo in the trunk – inaccessible to passengers. Do not carry the weapon upon your person while in CT, overnight I would say it’s a better idea to store with you in any hotels or private accommodations rather than risk it being in a vehicle overnight. Specific state laws and guidelines can be found on under State Police Firearms Unit.

      1. Thanks for the info. That is what I figured out as well. Damn shame that you can be a law abiding citizen and cross an imaginary line and be a criminal.

        1. I’m with Anthony. However being a former resident, whenever I was looking up info, I would always get sent to pages where the state Attorny General had rendered an opinion. I would suggest writing them a letter/email and asking for their opinion/”clarification” on the matter seeing as how it would be thier office that prosecutes these cases. You could also contact the Connecticut State Police HQ in Middletown as they are the ones who handle issuing permits.

        2. They need to make one permit for all 50 states like a drivers license. Only makes sense, right?

          1. Currently in the U.S., we have a Blue House so it will never happen. I believe an effort was recently(2017-2018) made to have universal reciprocity but it either failed or was never brought up for a vote.

          2. It already passed the House, it sits on the floor of the Senate still

    2. Make sure ammunition is stored in another locked area of the vehicle. I.E. Store hand gun in a locked safe in the trunk and store ammunition in locked glove box. It would be in your best interest to look up transportation of hand guns through the state of CT. Those regulations can easily be found on the internet. Just an aside…. I would also run a cable lock through your handgun.

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