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.
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:
Furthermore, you must not have been:
(Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-36(f).)
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 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).)
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.
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.