CONNECTICUT GUN LAWS
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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
- Complete a handgun safety course. Only the NRA’s basic pistol course is accepted.
- Download the application (DPS-799-C) under the FORMS tab.
- You will need the following documents;
- Two fingerprint cards
- Two copies of your birth certificate or passport
- Firearms training certificate if you are a resident of Connecticut
- The Temporary State Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers issued by the local authority;
- A completed Application for State Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers (DPS-46-C);
- $70.00 fee, payable to Treasurer, State of Connecticut;
- Proof you are legally and lawfully in the United States (e.g., certified copy of birth certificate, U.S. passport.
- Proof of valid state issued photo identification card.
Plus Fingerprint and Background Check Fees
You will need to pay for a temporary permit and then a permanent permit resulting in a total cost of $140
WITH CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT
Where You Can Carry
- Road side rest areas
- 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
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 60 days of the application being received.
There is nothing in Connecticut gun laws that states you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. The law does require that you carry your permit/license at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.
Connecticut gun laws give the force of law to “No Weapons” signs. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.
GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.
You are legally required to have a permit/license to carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
You cannot open carry without a permit/license. However, if you have a permit/license then open carry is legal but not common. Counties and Cities can set their own laws/regulations on where you can open carry.
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
State parks, national forests and wildlife management area’s are all off limits. You can carry in roadside rest areas.
Get in Touch
Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection
Division of State Police
Special Licensing and Firearms Unit
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:15pm
Address 1111 Country Club Rd.
CityMiddletown, Ct. 06457
Phone (860) 685-8494