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.

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