CONNECTICUT GUN LAWS

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QUICK FACTS

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.

Permits/Licenses

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

WITH CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT

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

Hours


Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:15pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 1111 Country Club Rd.

CityMiddletown, Ct. 06457

Phone (860) 685-8494

 

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JOE
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JOE

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?

Glen Fongemie
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Glen Fongemie

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

Eric
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Eric

Any loopholes to carry, or even own under 21?

Connor
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Connor

What are the magazine caps for handguns?

Josh
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Josh

10 rounds if I’m not mistaken

Glen Fongemie
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Glen Fongemie

Magazine capacity in CT is ten(10) ot less.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Can I purchase a handgun once I get my temporary 60 permit?

Frank
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Frank

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

Glen Fongemie
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Glen Fongemie

Only in the city or town that your permit is issued.

Rachel
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Rachel

Is it legal to shoot on ones on property? Ex. Target practice.

Glen Fongemie
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Glen Fongemie

No

Patrick
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Patrick

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

Tim
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Tim

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?

Joe
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Joe

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

Tim
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Tim

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….

Michael Quinn
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Michael Quinn

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… Read more »

Glen
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Glen

CT is a “May Issue” state.

Robert
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Robert

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.

CHRISTOPHER LARAMEE
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CHRISTOPHER LARAMEE

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

tim
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tim

interfering with an officer.

George
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George

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.

Dan
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Dan

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.

DW

Joe
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Joe

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.

Mike
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Mike

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.

CHRISTOPHER LARAMEE
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CHRISTOPHER LARAMEE

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

Rich
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Rich

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.

Sean Hayes
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Sean Hayes

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… Read more »

SXK
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SXK

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… Read more »

Jake
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Jake

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

Helper
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Helper

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.

Steph
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Steph

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.

James
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James

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?

Jason
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Jason

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.

Tom B
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Tom B

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 🙂

RBC
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RBC

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!

Jay
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Jay

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.

MIKE K.
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MIKE K.

DO NOT TELL THEM NOTHING

Ron
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Ron

As of 10/01/2018 we are allowed. To carry in state parks https://search.cga.state.ct.us/r/basic/dtsearch.asp?cmd=getdoc&DocId=3114&Index=I%3a%5czindex%5c2018&HitCount=1&hits=21c+&hc=1040&req=parks+or+in++or+firearms++or+Carry+&Item=5 As of 10/01/18 we are now allowed to carry in state parks with our permit.

John
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John

the link does not work. can you copy and paste what you cited?

Brian
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Brian

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

George
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George

Can you have a empty pistol holster on you in a ct park

Richard Illingworth
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Richard Illingworth

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.

Tom B
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Tom B

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.

Byron
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Byron

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.

bill
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bill

you’re a fucking retard

Mike
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Mike

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… Read more »

Ant
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Ant

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.

Byron
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Byron

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.

James
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James

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.

Glen
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Glen

If your record was wiped clean its as if it never happened.

Lee_CPA
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Lee_CPA

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?

Anthony
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Anthony

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… Read more »

Lee_CPA
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Lee_CPA

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.

Paul
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Paul

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.

Mike
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Mike

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

Glen
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Glen

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.

E23
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E23

hot

Glen
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Glen

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.

Ronald Orszag Jr.
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Ronald Orszag Jr.

Malloy sucks ass!

Peter
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Peter

Welcome your new governor, Ned Lamont!