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Overview for Connecticut

Connecticut’s firearm regulations are among the most restrictive in the U.S. especially concerning assault weapons.

After the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut passed some of the countries strictest gun restrictions. Magazine capacity were cut to 10 rounds and background checks are required for privet firearm sales (this includes sales at gun shows. Connecticut also passed one of the most expansive assault weapons bans, which includes over 100 models of firearms. There was also an increase on mental health checks and school safety. New requirements for who can purchase ammunition were passed at the same time. One of the items passed was a first of the United States, a registry of dangerous offenders. This registry can only be accessed by police and law enforcement officers.

Permit to PurchaseDetails
Open CarryDetails
Concealed CarryDetails
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsDetails
Firearm RegistrationDetails
Owner LicenseDetails

Law Long-guns Handguns
Permit to Purchase No Yes
Open Carry Partial Yes
Concealed Carry No Yes
State Preemption of Local Restrictions Partial Partial
Firearm Registration No No
Owner License No No

The Concealed Carry Permit

(often encompasses the open carry permit)

Official Concealed Carry page for Connecticut.

Connecticut Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Connecticut Magazine Capacity

10 rounds
10 rounds

A large capacity mag in Connecticut can be considered a magazine, drum, belt that can accommodate more than 10 rounds. This rule does not apply for a feeding device that has been altered so that it cannot hold more than 10 rounds at a time. This rule also applies for a .22 caliber tube ammunition feeding device. Along with that. A tubular magazine that is contained in a lever-action firearm does not have to follow this rule. When it comes to a magazine that is permanently inoperable, it is exempted from that rule

Connecticut Ghost Gun law

The Ghost gun law in Connecticut states the following:

Connecticut Imitation Firearms

What is classified as an Imitation Firearm in Connecticut?

The following is a list of imitation firearms in Connecticut:

BB guns are considered to be an imitation firearm

Does Connecticut have a gun buy back program?

Yes, Connecticut has a gun buy back program.

The program aims to reduce the number of guns in the state to prevent gun crimes. The program is run by the hospitals and local police stations and offers

Does Connecticut have an inheritance gun law?

Yes, Connecticut has an inheritance gun law.

Connecticut FAQ

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