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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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!

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.

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.

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.

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?

Ronald Orszag Jr.
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Ronald Orszag Jr.

Malloy sucks ass!