Connecticut Gun Laws
Learn about gun control laws, gun permit requirements, and penalties in Connecticut.
In Connecticut, you must obtain a permit to carry a gun (openly or concealed), unless you are in your own dwelling or at your place of business. (Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-35(a).) For more information, see Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in Connecticut.
How to Obtain a Handgun License in Connecticut
Connecticut residents are issued permits which allow for both open and concealed carry. To obtain a handgun license, you must apply at your local law enforcement office (such as your county sheriff’s office). To qualify, you must:
- be at least 21 years old
- be a U.S. citizen
- be eligible to possess a firearm under federal law, and
- successfully complete a firearms safety course approved by the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
Furthermore, you must not have been:
- convicted of a felony
- found delinquent for a serious juvenile offense
- discharged from custody during the last 20 years after being found not guilty of a crime by reason of mental disease or defect
- confined to a psychiatric hospital within the last year, or
- subject to a restraining or protective order involving physical force against another
(Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-36(f).)
Does Connecticut Recognize Concealed Handgun Licenses From Other States?
No. However, non-Connecticut citizens who hold concealed carry licenses from other states may apply for a permit to carry a handgun in Connecticut.
(Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-28(f).)
Penalties for Failing to Obtain a Concealed Handgun License
Penalties for carrying a firearm (openly or concealed) without a permit is a class D felony. Punishment may include a fine of up to $1,000, at least one year (and up to five years) in prison, or both. (Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-37(b).)
Post-Sandy Hook Legislation
In April 2013, in response to the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, Connecticut legislators enacted provisions banning new high-capacity ammunition firearms. The new legislation also mandates background checks for private gun sales, a new registry for high capacity ammunition arms, an expansion of the assault weapons ban, and a statewide dangerous weapon offender registry.
Getting Legal Help
If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in Connecticut, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.