Connecticut Gun Laws

Connecticut Gun Laws

Connecticut State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney          

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase YES* YES
Registration of Firearms    YES** NO
Licensing of Owners    YES** YES
Permit to Carry NO YES

* 2-week waiting period. ** "Assault Weapons". * After April 1. 2014 a long gun "eligibility certificate" is required. ** "Assault Weapons". The list and map below are included as a tool to assist you in validating your information.  We have made every effort to report the information correctly, however reciprocity and recognition agreements are subject to frequent change.  The information is not intended as legal advice or a restatement of law and does not include:  restrictions that may be placed on non-resident permits, individuals under the age of 21, qualifying permit classes, and/or any other factor which may limit reciprocity and/or recognition.  For any particular situation, a licensed local attorney must be consulted for an accurate interpretation.  YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL.

State Pages: Special Licensing And Firearms  Firearms and Permit Related Forms and Information

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places


Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

No specific crimes mentioned

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - Dwelling (where one stays at night) or place of business

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places

Yes -Presumption not mentioned - Arson or crime of violence against person in dwelling or place of work

Immunity from Civil liability


Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law

May use deadly force to the extent reasonably necessary to prevent or terminate an unlawful entry by force into a dwelling, or a place of work, and for the sole purpose of such prevention or termination

How To Obtain A Concealed Carry Permit In Connecticut

 The Special License and Firearms Unit is responsible for the issuance of state pistol permits. Applicants for a state pistol permit must first apply for, and be granted a local pistol permit. A local pistol permit may be obtained from the police chief in the town in which you reside or maintain a place of business.

Out of state residents may apply for a non-resident Connecticut State Pistol Permit. Non- residents apply directly to the Connecticut State Police, Special Licensing and Firearms Unit.  Call 860-685-8494 to have an application mailed out.

The cost for obtaining a pistol permit is $70.00. The permit is good for a period of five years. The application paperwork may be obtained from a local police department, city or town hall or first selectman's office in the case of a local permit, or any state police barracks in the case of a state pistol permit.

You are required to complete a handgun safety course, which must consist of no less than the NRA's "Basic Pistol Course," prior to submitting the application. The NRA's "Home Firearms Safety Course" and "First Steps Pistol Orientation Program" are not approved courses.