Connecticut Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

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Summary of Connecticut Gun Laws

Connecticut is a may-issue state, meaning that local law enforcement has discretion in determining whether or not to issue a permit to carry a handgun to an applicant based on a “suitability clause”. The suitability clause applies both to the issuance of new permits and revocation of existing permits. There is a two-step process to obtain a permit. First, an applicant must apply for a temporary permit from the local authorities and then they must submit another application at the state level through the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP).

In order to purchase a handgun, a buyer must have a Connecticut Pistol Permit (CTPP) or obtain a Certificate of Eligibility for Pistol and Revolvers or Long Guns or Ammunition. A background check is required to buy a handgun from a private individual — private party firearms transfers are required to be performed by a federally licensed dealer.

Concealed carry is legal in Connecticut with a CTPP. The minimum age is 21. Open carry is now illegal as of 10/1/2023. Connecticut residents as well as non-residents with a valid CCW license from their home state can apply for a CTPP.  Some areas are off-limits, including schools and state parks. CTPPs require a state-approved firearms training course that includes live-fire exercises. In terms of reciprocity, Connecticut does not honor permits from any other states.

Use of Physical Force in Defense of Person

A person is justified in using reasonable physical force to defend the person or a third person from what he or she reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of physical force, and the person may use such degree of force which is reasonably believed to be necessary for such purpose; except that deadly physical force may not be used unless the actor reasonably believes that such other person is using or about to use deadly physical force, or inflicting or about to inflict great bodily harm.

Use of Physical Force in Defense of Property

A person is justified in using reasonable physical force when and to the extent that he or she reasonably believes it to be necessary to prevent an attempt to commit larceny or criminal mischief involving property or larceny; but he or she may use deadly physical force only in defense of person.

Use of Physical Force in Defense of Premises

A person in possession or control of premises, or a person who is licensed or privileged to be in or upon such premises, is justified in using reasonable physical force when and to the extent that he or she reasonably believes such to be necessary to prevent or terminate the commission or attempted commission of a criminal trespass. But a person may use deadly physical force under such circumstances only:

  • In defense of a person;
  • When he or she reasonably believes it to be necessary to prevent an attempt by the trespasser to commit arson or any crime of violence; or
  • To the extent that he or she reasonably believes it to be necessary to prevent or terminate an unlawful entry by force into a dwelling or place of work, and for the sole purpose of such prevention or termination.

[Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann §§  53a-19, 53a-20 & 53a-21]

Self-Defense

The Castle Doctrine is incorporated into Connecticut law governing the use of physical force in defense of premises. Although there is no duty to retreat in a person’s home, there is a duty to retreat outside of one’s home.

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Connecticut Gun Laws at a Glance

Carry Basics
Constitutional Carry?
Does Connecticut allow constitutional carry?

No.

Open Carry Permitted?
Is open carry permitted in Connecticut?

As of October 1st, 2023, no person shall knowingly carry any firearm openly, except in your home, on your land, or at a business you own.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?
What is the minimum age in Connecticut to get a concealed carry permit?

21.

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?
Can you concealed carry weapons other than handguns in Connecticut with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

No.

Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray?
Is it legal to buy or use chemical spray/pepper spray in Connecticut?

Yes. There is no statute prohibiting the purchase or use of pepper spray in Connecticut.

Tasers or Stun Guns?
Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Connecticut?

Yes. As of July 1, 2021, "electronic defense weapons" (e.g., stun guns) can be carried as long as the individual is 21 years old or older and possess a valid firearms credential (i.e., a handgun or long gun eligibility certificate, permit to carry or sell handguns, or ammunition certificate).

[Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann § 53-206] [Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann § 29-38]

AMMUNITION RESTRICTIONS?
Does Connecticut have ammunition restrictions?

Yes. Armor-piercing and incendiary .50-caliber ammunition is prohibited. A handgun carry permit, gun sales permit, long-gun/handgun eligibility certificate or an ammunition certificate is required to purchase ammunition. Ammunition certificates are issued by the state's Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection after a background check and must be renewed every 5 years.

[Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 29-38m(c) and 53-202l(a)]

Gun Permit Licensure?
If Connecticut requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

May-issue.

MAGAZINE LIMITS FOR HANDGUNS?
Does Connecticut have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No more than 10 rounds.

“Large capacity magazine” means any firearm magazine, belt, drum, feed strip or similar device that has the capacity of, or can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than ten rounds of ammunition, but does not include: a feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it cannot accommodate more than ten rounds of ammunition, a .22 caliber tube ammunition feeding device, or a magazine that is permanently inoperable. Any person who distributes, imports into the state, keeps for sale, offers or exposes for sale, or purchases a high-capacity magazine is criminally liable for a class D felony.

There is also a grandfather provision for high-capacity magazines possessed prior to January 1, 2014.

[Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 53-202w]

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Carry Locations
CARRY IN VEHICLE?
Can you carry a concealed handgun in a vehicle in Connecticut?

Yes, with a valid CT Pistol Permit only. Otherwise, the weapon must be unloaded and the firearm and ammunition must be stored in separate locked containers during transport. As of October 1, 2019, any pistol or revolver in an unattended motor vehicle must be in the trunk, a locked safe or locked glove box or in a locked toolbox or utility box attached to the bed of a pickup truck.

[Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 29-38d][Public Act 19-7]

CARRY AT ROADSIDE REST AREAS?
Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Connecticut?

Yes.

CARRY IN BARS/RESTAURANTS THAT SERVE ALCOHOL?
Can you carry a concealed firearm in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol in Connecticut?

Yes, there is no statute making it illegal to concealed carry with a valid CT Pistol Permit, unless posted.

CARRY IN STATE/NATIONAL PARKS, STATE/NATIONAL FORESTS AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS (WMAS)?
Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Connecticut?

Yes and no. Carrying open or concealed firearms for self defense is not permitted on state/national park or state/national forest properties. Per the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, firearms are only allowed by individuals that are actively engaged in permitted hunting, meaning in locations that hunting is permitted, with a current license, in the proper season, and with the appropriate firearm and ammunition for the animal being hunted.

[Conn. Admin. Rule § 23-4-1][Atty Genl. Opinion 2010-R-0472]

Carrying open or concealed firearms is allowed on portions of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Connecticut and the Weir Farm National Historical Park only with a valid CT Pistol permit.

CARRY/POSSESS AT A HOTEL?
Can you carry or possess a firearm on hotel property in Connecticut?

A permit to carry a handgun does not authorize a person to carry a handgun on any premises where the possession or carrying of a handgun is prohibited by the person who owns or controls the premises. The individual hotel should be contacted to inquire about it's concealed carry policy. See the Handguns at Hotels page for additional information.

[Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-28(e)]

STORE IN A VEHICLE IN AN EMPLOYEE PARKING LOT?
Does Connecticut have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

Not addressed in Connecticut state law, although employers may have a policy.

Key State Laws
NON-RESIDENT PERMITTING?
Does Connecticut issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes, to individuals who hold a valid permit/license issued by a recognized United States jurisdiction.

PUBLIC ACCESS TO CONCEALED CARRY REGISTRY?
Does Connecticut allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No, however the information is available for law enforcement.

Duty to Inform Officer You're Carrying?
Do you have a duty to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Connecticut?

No. There is no duty to inform a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Connecticut. 

[Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 29-35]

Preemption?
Does Connecticut have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

No. There is no state preemption of firearms laws in Connecticut. Therefore, local authorities may regulate firearms and ammunition.

Brandishing?
Does Connecticut state law define brandishing?

No definition of brandishing was found in Connecticut law. However, a person is guilty of disorderly conduct when, with intent to cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, such person engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior.

[Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 53a-182]

A person is guilty of breach of the peace in the second degree when, with intent to cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, such person engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior in a public place; or assaults or strikes another; or threatens to commit any crime against another person or such other person's property; or creates a public and hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which such person is not licensed or privileged to do.

[Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 53a-181]

Carry While Using Alcohol or Drugs?
Does Connecticut have laws regarding carrying a concealed firearm while using alcohol or drugs?

It is illegal to carry while under the influence of intoxicating liquor (BAC of 0.08 or greater) or any drug, or both.

[Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 53-206d]

As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.

DRIVER'S LICENSE LINKED TO PERMIT?
Is my Connecticut driver’s license linked to my Connecticut pistol permit?

Yes. Your Connecticut driver’s license is linked to your Connecticut pistol permit. Therefore, a law enforcement officer will be notified immediately that you are a concealed carry permit holder if they run your driver’s license.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?
Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Connecticut? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

Yes. A person cannot possess or carry a pistol or revolver in or on any premises where prohibited by law, or prohibited by the person who owns or exercises control over such premises.

Any person violating any provision of section 29-28 or 29-31 shall be guilty of a class E felony, and any pistol or revolver found in the possession of any person in violation of any of said provisions shall be forfeited.

[Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 29-28]

Red Flag Law?
Does Connecticut have a red flag law?

Yes. Connecticut has a red flag law. A state’s attorney, or any two police officers, may file a complaint for seizure of firearms or ammunition. In addition, as of September 1, 2021, a family member, social worker, health care worker, clergy or other concerned community member is able to notify the court directly about a person who is in possession of a firearm and has threatened to harm herself, himself or another person and ask the court to issue an order to remove firearms from the possession of the person issuing such threats or committing acts of violence.

[Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-38c(a)]

Handgun Purchase & Possession
Handgun Purchase Process

To purchase a handgun in Connecticut, either through an FFL Dealer directly or through a private transaction, a buyer must have either a Connecticut Pistol Permit (CTPP), an Eligibility Certificate/Temporary State Permit to Carry Pistols or a Revolvers/Non-Resident Permit to Carry Pistols or Revolvers. The eligibility certificate and CTPP application can be obtained online at the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) website or in person at any state police barracks.

Effective 10/1/23, persons can no longer purchase or receive more than 3 handguns in a 30-day period, certified instructors up to 6 handguns in a 30-day period. Exceptions for police departments, exchanges of pistols at the same FFL within 30 days, transfers to museums, antique pistols, and transfers between FFLs. Violation are a class C felony.

  1. Complete the Pistol Permit/Eligibility Certificate Application Form (DPS-799-C) and submit it in person at the local police department, city or town hall or first selectman's office of your town (non-residents should submit it to the DESPP Headquarters) along with the below:
    • Firearms Safety & Use Course Certificate
    • $35.00 fee
    • Eligibility Certificate for a Pistol or Revolver or for Long Guns (DPS-164-C)
    • Proof you are legally and lawfully in the United States (e.g., certified copy of birth certificate, U.S. passport or documentation issued by I.C.E.)
    • Proof of valid state issued photo identification card
    • Non-residents must include a copy of the permit or license to carry a pistol or revolver issued by a recognized United States jurisdiction.
  1. Submit fingerprints for a criminal history check through a law enforcement agency with payment.
  1. Upon approval, your photograph will be taken at DESPP and you will be issued an eligibility certificate.

For DESPP pistol permit locations, access www.ct.gov/despp and follow the link to the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit.

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STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION

Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state." ARTICLE 1, § 15

Connecticut Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Connecticut honor?

Connecticut does not honor permits from any other states.


Other States' Reciprocity With Connecticut

Which states honor permits from Connecticut?

Alabama (permitless carry, at least 19 years old)

Arkansas (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

Idaho (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

Indiana (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

Montana (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

New Hampshire (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

North Carolina

North Dakota (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

South Dakota (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

Vermont (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

Virginia

Wisconsin

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Connecticut

Connecticut offers resident and non-resident permits. If indicated with “Resident only” below, that state only honors Connecticut resident permits (and not those issued to non-residents).

Alaska (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Arizona (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Florida (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Georgia (Permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Iowa (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Kansas (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Kentucky (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Maine (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Michigan (at least 21 years old and resident permits only)

Mississippi (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Missouri (permitless carry, at least 19 years old, 18 for military)

Nebraska (Permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Ohio (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Oklahoma (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

South Carolina (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

Tennessee (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

Texas (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Utah (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

West Virginia (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Wyoming (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)


Permitless Carry States

Alabama (permitless carry, at least 19 years old)

Alaska (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Arizona (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Arkansas (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

Florida (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Georgia (Permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Idaho (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

Indiana (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

Iowa (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Kansas (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Kentucky (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Maine (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Mississippi (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Missouri (permitless carry, at least 19 years old, 18 for military)

Montana (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

Nebraska (Permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

New Hampshire (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

North Dakota (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

Ohio (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Oklahoma (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

South Carolina (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

South Dakota (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

Tennessee (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

Texas (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Utah (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Vermont (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

West Virginia (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Wyoming (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

*PC-18 = permitless carry if at least 18 years old

*PC-21 = permitless carry if at least 21 years old

Permitless carry includes constitutional carry states as well as states where an individual must meet certain qualifications, e.g., no DUIs in the last 10 years, in order to legally carry (Tennessee). Each state determines the requirements and any limitations on the carry of firearms. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.


Connecticut Concealed Carry License Information

Name/Address Changes:

The law requires that you notify the issuing authority within 48 hours of changing your address. Persons holding state pistol permits may contact SLFU by phone at (860) 685-8290, via email at Special Licensing and Firearms Unit or by mailing a letter to:

Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Division of State Police Special Licensing and Firearms Unit 1111 Country Club Road Middletown, CT 06457 

Include your name, permit number, old address and new address.

Processing Time:

60 days

Lost/Stolen Permits:

File a police report in the area in which the theft or loss occurred. Then contact the issuing authority and notify them of the theft or loss. You will then have to go to the state police headquarters or a troop location where pistol permits are processed and pay a $5.00 processing fee for issuance of a duplicate permit.

RESIDENCY CHANGES:

Moving to Connecticut and interested in applying for a resident permit? How soon can you apply?Connecticut issues permits to residents and non-residents who hold a valid permit/license issued by a recognized United States jurisdiction, so you can apply for your permit at any time. 

Moving from Connecticut and have a Connecticut resident permit? Does that permit transfer to your new state? Is there a grace period during which your Connecticut permit remains valid?If a person with a Connecticut pistol permit establishes residency in another state, the permit is valid until it expires provided you notify the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit of the change of address and continue to renew your permit.

Requirements:

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Be a legal resident of the United States;
  • Have a residence or business in the jurisdiction in which they are applying;
  • Intend to use the handgun for only lawful purposes;
  • Be a “suitable person” to receive a permit;
  • Have successfully completed an approved handgun safety course;
  • Not have 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 first degree,
    • Unlawful restraint in the second degree,
    • Riot in the first degree, or
    • Stalking in the second degree;
  • Not have been convicted as a delinquent for the commission of a serious juvenile offense;
  • Not have been discharged from custody within the preceding 20 years after having been found not guilty of a crime by reason of mental disease or defect;
  • Not have been confined in a hospital for persons with psychiatric disabilities,
  • Not have been voluntarily admitted on or after October 1, 2013, to a hospital for persons with psychiatric disabilities within the preceding 12 months by order of a probate court;
  • Not be 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;
  • Not be subject to a firearms seizure order issued for posing a risk of personal injury to self or others after a hearing;
  • Not be an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.

*Consult with an attorney if you have any questions about your eligibility. If you don’t have an attorney, you can find one by contacting the State Bar of Connecticut.

Fees:

$105

  • $35 Eligibility Certificate/Temporary State Permit to Carry Pistols or Revolvers/Non-Resident Permit to Carry Pistols or Revolvers, &
  • $70 permanent permit

Plus fingerprint and background check fees.

$70 for renewals

Valid For:

5 years

Application:
Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Connecticut issues non-resident permits to individuals who hold a valid permit/license issued by a recognized United States jurisdiction. The process can be done through the mail by submitting the required documentation to the DESPP at the address above.


Connecticut Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Connecticut Concealed Carry Permit

Connecticut has a two-step permitting process: a 60-day temporary permit issued by local authorities followed by a 5-year regular permit issued by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). Local law enforcement has discretion in determining whether or not to issue a permit to carry a handgun to an applicant based on a “suitability clause”. The suitability clause applies both to the issuance of new permits and revocation of existing permits.

A temporary state permit to carry pistols or revolvers entitles the holder to purchase a firearm and transport same to their residence or place of business. It does not entitle the holder to carry a pistol or revolver on their person. Issuance of a temporary permit is technically not a prerequisite to apply for a regular permit, but in practice an applicant must await a decision from local authorities on the temporary permit application before applying to DESPP for the regular permit.


Firearms Training Requirements in Connecticut

You are required to complete a handgun safety course approved by the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection in the safety and use of pistols and revolvers. Students must also fire a semi-automatic pistol or revolver. Computer-generated programs, dry-fire, other simulated shooting tools, plastic bullets, air guns or any other alternatives are not acceptable. Students must fire a semi-automatic pistol or revolver. Any questions should be referred to the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit.

Be sure to verify that any firearm training you receive in order to obtain your permit is approved by the state of Connecticut.

No additional training is required for permit renewals.

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Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

The Connecticut State Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Special Licensing and Firearms website indicates the Connecticut State Police Firearms Training Unit will provide a training and qualification program only for separated from service and/or retired Connecticut State Police Troopers and separated from service and/or retired out-of-state police officers who currently reside in the State of Connecticut. The dates and times for retiree firearms training are posted on the webpage. All retirees must successfully complete the mandated training under the supervision of CSP FTU instructors; this includes mandatory classroom training. As a condition of issuance of the authorization, the retiree’s fingerprints will be maintained by the Department and the authorization will be revoked at any time should the holder become ineligible to possess a firearm.


Connecticut Location Restrictions

WHERE CAN I CARRY A CONCEALED FIREARM IN CONNECTICUT?
  • Carry in bars/restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? No.
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests and WMAs? Yes/No. Carrying open or concealed firearms is allowed on portions of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Connecticut and the Weir Farm National Historical Park only with a valid CT Pistol permit. However, carrying open or concealed firearms for self defense is not permitted on state/national park or state/national forest properties. Starting October 1st, 2023, no person shall knowingly carry any firearm openly, except in your home, on your land, or at a business you own.
  •  There is no state statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
WHERE CAN'T I CARRY A CONCEALED FIREARM IN CONNECTICUT?
Places off-limits even with a permit/license

FAQ: Connecticut Concealed Carry Questions

WEAR A COVID MASK & CARRY?
I can legally carry a concealed firearm in Connecticut, but can I wear a COVID 19 protective mask while carrying concealed?

There is no known statute in Connecticut making it illegal to wear a COVID mask while carrying concealed. A statute was identified that makes it illegal to wear a mask, hood or other device designed to conceal the identity of such person with the intent to subject any other person to the deprivation of any rights or privileges.

[Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 53-37a]

CARRY WHILE GUN HUNTING?
Can you concealed carry while shotgun/rifle hunting in Connecticut?

No. Per the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, firearms are only allowed by individuals that are actively engaged in permitted hunting, meaning in locations that hunting is permitted, with a current license, in the proper season, and with the appropriate firearm and ammunition for the animal being hunted.

CARRY WHILE BOW HUNTING?
Can you concealed carry while bow hunting in Connecticut?

No. Per the Connecticut Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection's 2019 Hunting and Trapping Guide, possession of a firearm while archery hunting is prohibited.

HUNTER HARASSMENT LAW?
Is there a Hunter Harassment Law in Connecticut?

Yes. No person shall obstruct or interfere with the lawful taking of wildlife by another person at the location where the activity is taking place with intent to prevent such taking.

[Connecticut General Statutes 53a-183a]

WHAT ARE THE KNIFE LAWS IN CONNECTICUT?

All types of knives are legal to own, although there are a number of restrictions on what can be carried open or concealed. Stilettos, blackjacks, dirks, automatic knives, switchblades with blades longer than 1.5 inches and any knives with blades longer than 4 inches are illegal to carry and transport. There are exceptions to carry for members of the military, when transporting to a gun show, historic reenactments, among others.

[Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann §§53-206 & 29-38(a)


Connecticut Gun Laws Updates

2023-10-01
Updated to reflect new open carry law in effect for 10/1
2021-09-01
Updated red flag law info per SB 219 to At A Glance table
2021-05-17
Added info on driver's license link to permit in At A Glance table
2021-03-02
Added Bluff Point Coastal Reserve to locations off limits to concealed carry

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Permit numbers were obtained from the Crime Prevention Resource Center’s publication entitled, “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States.” Numbers include resident and non-resident permits for those states that issue both.

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