Connecticut Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in Connecticut

Connecticut’s laws regarding the purchase of a firearm are quite strict and involved. First, you must take the official NRA gun training course and pass. You must then apply for a license twice, first with the local authorities for a temporary permit and then again with the state for a 5-year license. Connecticut is a “May Issue” state, but due to court decisions, it operates like a “Shall Issue” state. Once you have a permit, you are allowed to open carry and concealed carry throughout the state. Connecticut issues permits to both residents and non-residents. Connecticut is a “point of contact” state, and all federal background checks must be performed using NCIS through legitimate dealers. Purchase of machine guns and automatic weapons must be registered with the state. Private sales of firearms must also go through a licensed dealer and be registered. There is a two-week waiting period to purchase firearms in Connecticut.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • May Issue State gun policy
  • Yes/No - Without a Permit/License Open Carry Permitted
  • No Constitutional Carry
  • Yes Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes/No – Without a Permit/License Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents/Non-residents License issued to
  • 24 # of states that honor Connecticut license
  • 0 # of state licenses that Connecticut honors
  • 5 Years license is valid
  • 70 $ cost of the license
  • 21 Minimum age for license permit

Connecticut’s policy is May Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.

Connecticut CCW Reciprocity Map

Connecticut does not offer reciprocity to any other states. However, the states below do honor Connecticut permits for residents Alabama 

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The following states offer reciprocity to non-residents with Connecticut permits:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Issuing state

Connecticut Concealed Carry Permit and Laws

Before you can purchase a weapon, you must first obtain a carry permit in Connecticut. The process is more involved than in other states. Once you have your permit, you are allowed to open carry and concealed carry throughout the state except for schools, your place of business (unless you are the owner), any official government building, and any federally restricted areas. You can have a gun in your vehicle and at rest areas, but a permit is required whenever you take your gun outside of your home, even if on your own property. You must also have your license with you when taking your firearm from home to work. You can carry in restaurants and bars, but you must also honor any “no weapons” signs. You have no legal obligation to notify an officer if you are carrying. You may not take your weapon into any state-owned parks or recreational areas.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

To get a permit in Connecticut, you must be at least twenty-one years old, and a resident of the state, although Connecticut does issue permits to non-residents as well. You have to agree to use the firearm lawfully, and you must be considered a “suitable person.” You also have to take the NRA approved handgun safety course. In addition, you cannot have any felonies or be convicted of third-degree assault, negligence, reckless endangerment, rioting or stalking and any drug offenses. You must be clean of any alcohol or drug issues and cannot have spent time in prison or a mental facility for at least 21 years. You must also be free of any protective orders against you. You will have to first apply for a temporary permit with local authorities and then once granted, you can apply with the state for your 5-year license.

Connecticut Gun Background Check

Connecticut is a “point of contact” state, and all background checks to purchase a firearm are performed through their Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (“DESPP”). The state may also access the NICS system. When selling a long gun or handgun, you must do it through a licensed dealer, and the buyer must fill out an official application. The application must be reviewed, and the buyer must pass a state background check before they can complete the purchase. They too must also wait for the two-week waiting period before they can pick it up.

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CT CCW and Pistol Permit Information

State Concealed Carry Requirements

  • Must be at least twenty one years of age.
  • A legal resident of the United States.
  • Has a residence or business in the jurisdiction in which they are applying.
  • Intends to use the handgun for only lawful purposes.
  • Is a “suitable person” to receive a permit.
  • Has successfully completed a handgun safety course.
  • Has not 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 firstdegree; Unlawful restraint in the second degree; Riot in the first degree; Stalking in the second degree
  • Has not been convicted as a delinquent for the commission of a serious juvenile offense.
  • Has not been discharged from custody within the preceding twenty years after having been found not guilty of a crime by reason of mental disease or defect.
  • Is not 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.
  • Is not subject to a firearms seizure order issued for posing a risk of personal injury to self or others after a hearing.
  • Is not prohibited from possessing a firearm for having been adjudicated as a mentally incompetent under federal law.
  • Federal law requirements

Gun CCW Permit Application

  1. Complete a handgun safety course. Only the NRA’s basic pistol course is accepted.
  2. Download the application (DPS-799-C) under the FORMS tab.
  3. You will need the following documents; Two fingerprint cards Two copies of your birth certificate or passport Firearms training certificate if you are a resident of Connecticut
  4. Residents apply to the Police Department or First Selectman of the town
  5. Non-residents apply directly to the Connecticut State Police, Special Licensing and Firearms Unit.
  6. Submit fingerprints for a criminal history check through a law enforcement agency
  7. Upon approval, the local authority will issue a Temporary State Permit effective for 60 days.
  8. You will need a second application (DPS -46-C) which differs from the first and is not available online. Call (860) 685-8290 to have an application sent to you.
  9. Within the 60 day period, go to a DESPP, Division of State Police, pistol permit location and submit the following; The Temporary State Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers issued by the local authority; A completed Application for State Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers (DPS-46-C); $70.00 fee, payable to Treasurer, State of Connecticut; Proof you are legally and lawfully in the United States (e.g., certified copy of birth certificate, U.S. passport. Proof of valid state issued photo identification card.
  10. Upon approval, your photograph will be taken at DESPP and you will be issued a state pistol permit.

CCW Renewal

  • 1. All pistol permits may be renewed in person at DESPP Headquarters ninety (90) days prior to expiration or up to ninety (90) days after expiration. No permit can be renewed after the ninety (90) day grace period following the expiration date.
  • 2. Confirm the accuracy of the information on DPS-129-C. If corrections are required, draw a single line through any incorrect information and write in the correct information. Present the corrected form to DESPP.
  • 3. Bring a $70.00 check or money order made payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut” or exact cash payment.
  • 4. 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; NOTE: If Place of Birth states, “VERIFIED”, you do not need to bring item # 4.
  • 5. Your photograph and signature will be taken at DESPP.

CT Concealed Carry License Fee information

Permit typeFees when getting a new permitRenewalCurrent license amendmentFingerprint scan feeFee for firearm classesAdditional state fees
Handgun eligibility certificate (required for purchase)$35.00$35.00$62.00Applicant also responsible for a fingerprint fee.
Permit to carry pistols or revolvers$70.00 (For Residents)
$135.00 (For Non-Residents)
$70.00$62.00Up to $250$70.00 for temporary local permit.
Applicant must also pay for fingerprints, photos and background check.

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in Connecticut

Road side rest areasPublic or private elementary or secondary school property
VehicleA permit to carry is required to carry a handgun outside one’s home (even though one may still be on his own property)
All areas of the state not listed as ForbiddenAny place of business in which one is merely an employee, not an owner or operator
A permit is also required to transport a handgun back and forth between one’s home and place of business, or to and from a range for target shooting
Any building in which the chamber of either house of the General Assembly is located or in which the official office of any member
officer or employee of the General Assembly or the office of any committee of the General Assembly or either house thereof is located or any building in which a committee of the General Assembly is holding a public hearing
Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law

Connecticut CCW Contact

Connecticut Bureau of Firearms


Monday – Friday:8:30 am - 4:15 pm


Address:Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Special Licensing and Firearms Unit
1111 Country Club Road
City:Middletown, Connecticut 06457
Phone:(860) 685-8290

CCW Licensing Offices in Connecticut

Fairfield County - Fairfield Police Department

Office Address
100 Reef Road Fairfield, CT 06824

(203) 254-4840

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Hartford County - Hartford Police Department

Office Address
Public Safety Complex 253 High Street Hartford CT, 06103

(860) 757- 4243 or (860) 757-4000

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Litchfield County - Torrington Police Department

Office Address
576 Main St, Torrington, CT 06790

(860) 489-2000

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Middlesex County - Middletown Police Department

Office Address
222 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457

(860) 344-8022

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New Haven County - New Heaven Police Department

Office Address
1 Union Ave, New Haven, CT 06519

(203) 946-6316

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New London County - Norvich Police Department

Office Address
70 Thames St, Norwich, CT 06360

(860) 886-5561

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Tolland County - Vernon Police Department

Office Address
725 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT 06066

(860) 872-9126

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Windham County - Willimantic Police Department

Office Address
22 Meadow St, Willimantic, CT 06226

(860) 465-3135

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Counties in Connecticut