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Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Carry allowed with my Connecticut permit?
No
Yes
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State
267k
Permits Issued
0
STATES HONORED
27
RECIPROCATING STATES
3.6M
STATE POPULATION
21
MINIMUM AGE TO CC
26
ATTORNEYS IN USCCA NETWORK
7.42%
PERMIT PERCENTAGE
5
YEARS PERMIT VALID
45
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Summary of Connecticut Gun Laws

Connecticut is a may-issue, with limited discretion, state. However, state courts have asserted that licenses should be processed on a shall-issue basis because state law does not contain a clause requiring applicants to show cause. 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. 

Open carry and concealed carry are legal in Connecticut with a CTPP. The minimum age is 21. Connecticut doesn’t recognize permits/licenses from any other states, but 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.

The Castle Doctrine is incorporated into Connecticut law governing the use of physical force in defense of premises. This law states that a person who possesses or controls a premises, or is licensed or privileged to be on such premises, is justified in using reasonable physical force upon another person when he or she reasonably believes it to be necessary to prevent or stop someone from criminally trespassing. Deadly force is reasonable only (1) to defend oneself or another; (2) when one reasonably believes deadly force is necessary to prevent an attempt by the trespasser to commit arson or any violent crime; or (3) to the extent the person reasonably believes it is necessary and only to prevent or terminate an unlawful entry by force into his or her dwelling or place of work. 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

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Connecticut allow constitutional carry?

No.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Connecticut?

Yes, with a CT Pistol Permit only.

Gun Permit Licensure?

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

May-issue.

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.

Tasers or Stun Guns?

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

Yes. Stun guns and Tasers are legal for home or business use only, carrying is prohibited. It is also illegal to have an electronic defense weapon in a vehicle.

[Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann § 53-206

[Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann § 29-38]

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Connecticut issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes.

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.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm 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 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?

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in Connecticut?

Yes, with a valid concealed carry permit, unless posted.

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.

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Connecticut?

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Connecticut have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

10 rounds

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 are exemptions for, in part, .22-caliber tube ammunition feeding devices and tubular magazines contained in lever-action firearms. There is also a grandfather provision for high-capacity magazines possessed prior to January 1, 2014.

[Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 53-202w]

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.

"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]

Preemption?

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

No. Local authorities may regulate firearms and ammunition.

Red Flag Law?

Does Connecticut have a red flag law?

Yes. A state’s attorney, or any two police officers, may file a complaint for seizure of firearms or ammunition.

[Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-38c(a)]

Carry while using alcohol or prescription medication?

Does Connecticut have laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication?

Yes, but it is illegal to carry while under the influence.

[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.

Handgun Purchase & Possession

Purchase Permits?

Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Connecticut?

Yes. A buyer must have a CTPP or obtain a Certificate of Eligibility for Pistol and Revolvers or Long Guns or Ammunition. Applicants must complete an approved safety course, and pass a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) background check and mental health records check prior to issuance of certificate.

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales?

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Connecticut?

Yes. Private-party firearms transfers require that a federally licensed dealer performs a background check on the buyer. Private sales are allowed between CTPP holders provided the DESPP transfer form is submitted and an authorization number is received. 

[Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann § 29-33]

Waiting Period?

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Connecticut?

No. But the buyer must have a CTPP or a Certificate of Eligibility for Pistol and Revolvers or Long Guns or Ammunition.

Handgun Registration?

Do handguns need to be registered in Connecticut?

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) maintains a de facto registry of the sale of handguns and long guns purchased in-state. Any transfer, be it from a dealer or private party, must be accompanied by an authorization number issued by the DESPP and a form containing personal and weapon identification must be submitted to DESPP and local police. This form is collected and maintained on all guns purchased from Federal Firearm License (FFL) dealers as well. The form is not required for long gun transfers made out of state, and there is no legal requirement/penalty to register firearms purchased out of state or lawfully obtained before April 1, 2014.

Minimum Age to Possess and Transport?

What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Connecticut?

21 years old.

(b) No person shall sell, barter, hire, lend, give, deliver or otherwise transfer to any person under the age of 21 years any pistol or revolver, except that a pistol or revolver may be temporarily transferred to any person only for the use by such person in target shooting or on a firing or shooting range, provided such use is otherwise permitted by law and is under the immediate supervision of a person eligible to possess a pistol or revolver.

[Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann §29-34

(a) Any person who is twenty-one years of age or older may apply to the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection for an eligibility certificate for a pistol or revolver.

[Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann § 29-36f]

Carry While Hunting

Carry While Gun Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while shotgun/rifle hunting in Connecticut?

No.

Carry While Bow Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while bowhunting 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.

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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?

Your content here.

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

Your content here.

Michigan (resident permits only)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Connecticut Concealed Carry Permit Information

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 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 prohibited from possessing a firearm for having been adjudicated as mentally incompetent under federal law; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

$140 ($70 temporary permit & $70 permanent permit) plus fingerprint and background check fees

$70 for renewals

Valid For:

5 years

Processing Time:

60 days

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.

Name/Address Changes:

The law requires that you notify the issuing authority within 48 hours of changing your address. A person holding a state or local pistol permit is required to notify the issuing authority within two business days of any change of address. Persons holding state pistol permits may contact SLFU at (860) 685-8290 to update their address. A change of address may also be filed 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.

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.


Connecticut Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Connecticut Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Complete a handgun safety course. Only the NRA’s basic pistol course is accepted.

Step 2:

Download the application (DPS-799-C).

Step 3:

Take the unsigned, completed application to the police department or first selectman of your town. You will sign it in the presence of an official and need the following documents:

  • Two fingerprint cards;
  • Two copies of your birth certificate or passport; and
  • Firearms training certificate.

Pay the fees.

Step 4:

Submit fingerprints for a criminal history check through a law enforcement agency.

Step 5:

Upon approval, the local authority will issue a Temporary State Permit effective for 60 days.

Step 6:

Within the 60 day period, go to a DESPP, Division of State Police, pistol permit location and complete the State Application to Carry Pistols and Revolvers. You will need the following:

  • The Temporary State Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers issued by the local authority;
  • Proof you are legally and lawfully in the United States (e.g., certified copy of birth certificate, U.S. passport, etc.); and
  • Valid state-issued photo ID card.

Pay the fee.

Your photograph will be taken.

Step 7:

Upon approval, your permit will be issued.

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). 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 including, but not limited to, a safety or training course in the use of pistols and revolvers available to the public offered by a law enforcement agency, a private or public educational institution or a firearms training school, utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and a safety or training course in the use of pistols or revolvers conducted by an instructor certified by the state or the National Rifle Association. Students must also fire a semi-automatic pistol or revolver.

No additional training is required for permit renewals.

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Connecticut Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a Connecticut Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Ninety days prior to the expiration of your permit, the issuing authority will mail out a renewal letter to your last known address. All pistol permits may be renewed in person at DESPP Headquarters 90 days prior to expiration or up to 90 days after expiration. No permit can be renewed after the 90 day grace period following the expiration date. Renewals may also be completed by mail.

Step 2:

Confirm the accuracy of the information on DPS-129-C or, if one wasn't received, download the form. If corrections are required, draw a single line through any incorrect information and write in the correct information.

Step 3:

For in-person renewals, present the corrected form to DESPP. Unless the Place of Birth section on the DPS-129-C states, “VERIFIED”, provide proof of being legally and lawfully in United States: U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate or Permanent Resident ID issued by I.C.E. or Naturalization Certificate. Your photograph and signature will be taken at DESPP.

For mail-in renewals, sign the corrected form in the presence of a notary prior to mailing. Using transparent tape, attach a 2” x 2” color passport photo, taken within the previous 6 months, in the box provided. Proof of legal and lawful presence in the United States is required. Acceptable forms of proof include a birth certificate, U.S. passport, or documentation of permanent residence from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Include payment. Do not send originals. Include a self-addressed, stamped #10 envelope.

Step 4:

Upon approval, your permit will be issued.


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 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? No.
  • Carry in places of worship? 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

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, automatic knives and switchblades with blades longer than 1.5 inches; and any knives with blades longer than 4 inches are illegal to carry.


Connecticut Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
2019-09-06

Added Carry While Hunting info to At A Glance table

2019-08-13

Added anchor links to various sections below the Summary

2019-07-29

Updated info on private transfers in At A Glance table

2019-07-24

Added minimum age to possess and transport a handgun to At A Glance table

2019-06-04

Added Public Act 19-7 regarding vehicle storage law info and link to At A Glance table

2019-05-24

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

2019-04-26

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

2019-04-17

Links checked

2019-03-15

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

2019-02-15

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

2019-02-09

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

2019-02-07

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

2019-01-31

Added info to

2019-01-25

Added church info to location restrictions section

2019-01-25

Links checked

2019-01-24

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

2019-01-10

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

2018-12-12

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

2018-11-29

Added parking lot info to At A Glance table

2018-10-22

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Connecticut

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