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Connecticut Concealed Carry Permit Information

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Concealed Permit:
May Issue to Residents and Non-Residents. Connecticut issues a State Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers which allows you to carry concealed or open.

Example Permit:

Issuing Authority:
Connecticut State Police. Apply for your state permit if you are a resident at any Connecticut State Police licensing station.

NICS check:
Yes

Permit Valid For:
A statewide permit to carry is valid (unless revoked for cause) for five years.

Processing Time:
The issuing authority has eight weeks to inform the applicant whether his or her application has been approved or denied. An eligibility certificate or permit to carry revocation or refusal to issue or renew may be appealed within 90 days to the Board of Firearm Permit Examiners, State Armory, 505 Hudson Street, 5th Floor, Hartford, CT 06106. No fee is charged for this review. A revocation or refusal to issue will be overturned by the Board if “just and proper cause” is found. Either the applicant or the issuing authority may appeal any decision of the Board to the courts

Cost:
The application fee is $70.00 plus sufficient funds as required to cover the cost of a National Criminal History Records Check.

The renewal fee for a carry permit shall be $35.00.

Requirements:
1. Is twenty-one years of age;
2. Is a legal resident of the United States;
3. Has a residence or business in the jurisdiction in which they are applying;
4. Intends to use the handgun for only lawful purposes;
5. Is a “suitable person” to receive a permit;
6. Has successfully completed an approved handgun safety course;
7. Has not been convicted of a felony or a violation of;
a. Criminal possession of a narcotic substance;
b. Criminally negligent homicide;
c. Assault in the third degree;
d. Reckless endangerment in the firstdegree;
e. Unlawful restraint in the second degree;
f. Riot in the first degree;
g. Stalking in the second degree;
8. Has not been convicted as a delinquent for the commission of a serious juvenile offense;
9. 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;
10. Is not subject to a restraining or p[protective order issued by a court in a case involving the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against another person;
11. Is not subject to a firearms seizure order issued for posing a risk of personal injury to self or others after a hearing; or
12. Is not prohibited from possessing a firearm for having been adjudicated as a mentally incompetent under federal law.

Required Documents:
1. Completed application – Call 860-685-8494 to have an application mailed out.
2. Two fingerprint cards
3. Two copies of your birth certificate or passport
4. Firearms training certificate if you are a resident of Connecticut
Renewal Information:

Change of Address:

Informing Law Enforcement of Carry:

Automobile carry:
Individuals not licensed to carry handguns in Connecticut may not possess firearms in their vehicles

Places off-limits when carrying:
1. A permit to carry is required to carry a handgun outside one’s home (even though one may still be on his own property) or in any 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.
2. It is unlawful to possess a firearm on public or private elementary or secondary school property. This prohibition shall not apply to a person with a firearm carrying permit, with permission from school officials, or while traversing school property with an unloaded firearm for the purpose of gaining access to lands open to hunting or for other lawful purposes, provided entry is not prohibited by school officials.

Alcohol and Drugs:
Waiting For Information. As always, alcohol/drugs don’t mix with firearms. That’s a pretty simple rule of thumb.

Deadly Force / Castle Doctrine:
Connecticut is a Castle Doctrine state and does have a stand-your-ground law.

 

Open Carry:
Prohibited in all public areas unless one has a permit.

Localities with Varying Laws:
For additional information please contact your local county Sheriff’s office.

Forms & Links:
NRA-ILA: Connecticut Gun Laws

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mikebutlermedia Mike Butler

    re: “Alcohol and Drugs:
    Waiting For Information. As always, alcohol/drugs don’t mix with firearms. That’s a pretty simple rule of thumb.”

    Sec. 53-206d. Carrying a firearm while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug prohibited. Hunting while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug or while impaired by the consumption of intoxicating liquor prohibited. (a)(1) No person shall carry a pistol, revolver, machine gun, shotgun, rifle or other firearm, which is loaded and from which a shot may be discharged, upon his person (A) while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both, or (B) while the ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person is ten-hundredths of one per cent or more of alcohol, by weight.

    (2) Any person who violates any provision of this subsection shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

    (b) (1) No person shall engage in hunting while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both, or while impaired by the consumption of intoxicating liquor. A person shall be deemed under the influence when at the time of the alleged offense the person (A) is under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both, or (B) has an elevated blood alcohol content. For the purposes of this subdivision, “elevated blood alcohol content” means (i) a ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person that is ten-hundredths of one per cent or more of alcohol, by weight, or (ii) if such person has been convicted of a violation of this subsection, a ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person that is seven-hundredths of one per cent or more of alcohol, by weight. A person shall be deemed impaired when at the time of the alleged offense the ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person was more than seven-hundredths of one per cent of alcohol, by weight, but less than ten-hundredths of one per cent of alcohol, by weight.

    (2) Any person who violates any provision of this subsection shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
    ================================================
    In short, carrying while intoxicated is illegal. If you’re too drunk to drive, you’re too drunk to pack heat. I have been told that the standard has been changed to .08% to match the DWI law.
    On the other hand, CT has no restriction against carrying in an establishment that sells or serves alcohol, so you can go ahead and order a glass of wine (just one, please) with dinner or stop by the store on the way home to get a bottle of booze without disarming.

    • Mad_River_Firearms

      The State Statute has NOT yet been changed regarding the BAC. It still reads .10% in Regards to the Carrying of a Firearm.

      Sec. 53-206d. Carrying a firearm while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug prohibited. Hunting while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug or while impaired by the consumption of intoxicating liquor prohibited. (a)(1) No person shall carry a pistol, revolver, machine gun, shotgun, rifle or other firearm, which is loaded and from which a shot may be discharged, upon his person (A) while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both, or (B) while the ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person is ten-hundredths of one per cent or more of alcohol, by weight.
      (2) Any person who violates any provision of this subsection shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

      (b) (1) No person shall engage in hunting while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both, or while impaired by the consumption of intoxicating liquor. A person shall be deemed under the influence when at the time of the alleged offense the person (A) is under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both, or (B) has an elevated blood alcohol content. For the purposes of this subdivision, “elevated blood alcohol content” means (i) a ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person that is ten-hundredths of one per cent or more of alcohol, by weight, or (ii) if such person has been convicted of a violation of this subsection, a ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person that is seven-hundredths of one per cent or more of alcohol, by weight. A person shall be deemed impaired when at the time of the alleged offense the ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person was more than seven-hundredths of one per cent of alcohol, by weight, but less than ten-hundredths of one per cent of alcohol, by weight.
      (2) Any person who violates any provision of this subsection shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

      (3) Enforcement officers of the Department of Environmental Protection are empowered to arrest for a violation of the provisions of this subsection.

      • Rthibedeau556

        You are wrong about the open carry in ct. It is in the constitution of Connecticut, you may open carry in ct. It is highly discouraged and you can be charged with breach of peace if the officer chooses to. You must tKe every precaution to not expose the weapon in circumstances were it may alarm certain individuals.

        • Rich_B

          Um. No. 

          Open carry is 100% lawful in the State of Connecticut. BoP does not apply to open carry.

          Mad_River_Firearms has no idea what he is talking about with regards to open carry at all.

          • The dude

            While open carry is 100% legal, and makes 100% perfect sense you will be charged with breach of peace and brandishing if anyone calls the police about seeing your gun. From personal experience what the officer will do is merely ask the person what color it was. If they respond correctly the police have the authority to revoke your permit and take all your guns! That being said you can get your permit and guns back when you file an appeal however this routinely takes two years or longer meanwhile you are unarmed and your weapons sit in a box in an evidence room with no maintenance whatsoever.

          • mac

            The only reason why you should be charged wish brandishing a weapon, is if you are showing your weapon in a threatening way. Other wise it’s NOT brandishing.

          • niterdr45@yahoo.com

            umm yes
            the state says you can carry unconcealed…but the towns say no

          • Matmob

            Either way you NEED a permit to carry concealed or open! Subject to a town or cities municipal code.

  • Mad_River_Firearms

    There are TOO Many INACCURACIES in the ABOVE Information.

    (1) There is “NO OPEN CARRY” allowed in Connecticut. Unless in UNIFORM Displaying a Badge. ie Police, Armed Security, Bail Enforcement Agent etc.
    (2) There is “NO CASTLE DOCTRINE or STAND YOUR GROUND LAW”. You are REQUIRED to RETREAT if you can do so with Complete Safety UNLESS in your DWELLING or place of WORK.
    (3) You Must Apply for a Temporary Permit at the Local Level FIRST. The Temporary Permit is Valid for 60 Days and is NOT VALID to PURCHASE. All PISTOL SALES require a Connecticut Pistol Permit and also an Authorization & Authorization Number issued by them with Paperwork Forwarded to the Buyers Police Dept. & the State Police Dept.
    (4) Permit NOT required to TRANSPORT to Range, Gunsmith etc.
    NOTE Transport is NOT CARRYING there is a Clear Difference in the Law.

    The Connecticut Pistol Permit Application Process STARTS at the LOCAL LEVEL.
    You MUST apply for a TEMPORARY Permit to Carry at the Local Police Dept. in which you Reside. After receiving the Temporary Permit from the Local Authority you then have 60 Days to Apply to the Dept. of Public Safety (State Police Dept.) for a FIVE year Permit which is referred to as a Regular Permit and the REGULAR (5 Year) Permit Fee is $70.00.
    (1).
    Completed State and Federal fingerprint cards with $50.00 fee and $19.25 fee payable to DPS for criminal history background checks;

    • Valentine Gregg

      You are miss informed ..read the laws..a permit to carry..not concealed carry.there are many loop holes in which u may b penalized . You should delete ur lies and get get the facts correct

      • Dalmatian90

        There are folks challenging the interpretation, and I don’t know if case law is settled yet.

        Until recently the Board of Firearm Permit Examiners absolutely considered it a “lack of mature judgement” if you caused public alarm by where you were carrying.  So if the public called the police due to their concern, the police would charge breach of peace and pull the permit, and let the examiners decide if you were acting with “mature judgement” or not.

        Statutorily, there is nothing to keep you from carrying in the open.  It was the interpretation of who was suitable by the examiners that meant it was for practical purposes a concealed-only permit — and they legally have that discretion.

        I believe the recent trend has been to ask the police to exercise more discretion so that not every concerned citizen call is treated as a breach of peace — so that an inadvertent exposure of a concealed firearm when reaching for something else is not a breach of peace.  But until I see something in black and white on state letterhead rather then press reports, I would defer to what Mad_River said rather then deal with the potential hassle and suspension of the permit for years while waiting for your case to come up on the examiner’s docket.

        • Thedude

          Thank you for being the only post worth a damn. The point being made here folks is that the police can and will take your permit ( they want to do so ) ie they are always looking to disarm us. So conceal your gun and never loose your permit, or you can read the letter of the law and have the police called loose your permit have to wait two years to get it back, but you just might be so lucky as to be the case that brings this discrepancy between law and practice to light. In which case because CT is liberal the law will be changed to CC only. My advice? Don’t be that guy man.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IGVXD5CBK3MD3LFDEQM7MJHXQY Half-Waked

            You can also drive without a license legally, but the system is going to make it as inconvenient as possible for you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/michael.damato.549 Michael Damato

      Really!!!” There is “NO CASTLE DOCTRINE or STAND YOUR GROUND LAW”. You are REQUIRED to RETREAT if you can do so with Complete Safety UNLESS in your DWELLING or place of WORK.”Thats what a Castle Doctrin is!1.. A mans home is his castle

  • Glock19_CTCCW

    Mad river is incorrect in his first “correction”. There is currently no law in the state of Connecticut that prohibits open carry, that is, there is nothing in our state statutes that make it illegal, nor is there a law the requires conceal carry.

    Look at your permit, it’s a permit to CARRY, it doesn’t say how to carry, and the DPS has even released memos to all it’d employees advising them that they can not detain someone for OC (that means it’s not a crime).

    Some may tell you that if you do carry you will be charged with breach of peace, threatening, and insighting, abd lose your permit, when in actuality these laws actually STATE that the lawful OC
    of a firearm does not constitute a charge.

    • Shadowr434

      The page here has another mistake.They list Connecticut as a may issue state but Connecticut is actually a shall issue state. Our Massachusetts friends to the north are a may issue state.

      • CT resident

        Connecticut is a may issue state in law but in practice is a shall issue state as they do not deny the permit so long as you meet the criteria but by law they can if they choose to which makes them correct saying CT is may issue.

        • cdani4

          CT is a MUST issue state.

      • http://www.facebook.com/PrettiiBoiiGottii Raul Gerena Jr

        I just moved to ct and want a ct pistol permit what is the total amount of money that it will cost to get my ct permit I have a clean record

        • http://www.facebook.com/PrettiiBoiiGottii Raul Gerena Jr

          Total with fees for classes permit n what ever other fees

          • lilchit

            it ends up to be about $350 for class and all fees to state and town

          • bobsyourunkle

            Fees:
            NRA class I paid $115, Finger prints at State Police $15, FBI bkgnd check $16.50, CT bkgnd check $50, town temp permit $70, CT permit $70…Total $336.50 and I’m still waiting (6 weeks so far) for the back ground checks to come back. Good luck!

  • Anonymous

    Sorry Mad River, but your second ‘correction’ is wrong as well…your own copy of the legislation (and it is correct, I checked) states that you do not need to retreat in your own home and that dealy force is justified…that’s what a ‘castle doctrine’ is…exactly…to the letter.

    • Rob2cln

      I just get my permit today I need too learn more about the regulations.

  • Ethan17508

    there is no law that mandates concealed carry. that is a misconception. the license and laws say nothing about it.  courts have also ruled that in most cases, open carry cannot constitute breaking the peace on its own.

    • The dude

      Again the operative words here are “in most cases” and “courts”. The police will take your permit, and it will take at least two years to get it back via the “courts”

  • guest

    In regards to alcohol and drugs, see statute 53a-206d. .10 BAC is the legal limit on alcohol. 

  • Mrroxbury333

    I have 7 acres on my house in southbury connecticut,,
    Can I carry my hand gun OPEN  on my hoster as I walk my property??
    Will be ok If someone saw me walking on my land open carrying my gun?
    I do havea ct permit
     ty

    • Eddie Cochran

      Yes you can carry almost anywhere in ct open. Most police will tell You they don’t recomed it but in fact you can as long you posses a ct permit to carry pistols and revolvers. I am 21and just got my permit 6 months back and carry open almost everywhere. I have been stopped by Bristol police and he told me right off rip I could tell him to fuck off. I didn’t though in fact I spoke with the officer for 20 min about firearms and such. And I gave him my permit to be certain it is valid. Although on the other hand I was put in cuffs and was disarmed by plainville ct for 20 min. I will not stop my open carry. I also have been followed by Southington police when I went in to speak to office staff at motel 6 but the officer didn’t even say a word about my firearm.

      Ps I have spoken with Walmart district managers and they have no issues with open carry in there stores and have never had an issue with oc in Walmart or gas stations or fast food. I’ve only been asked to leave Denny’s and savers that’s it.

  • JimD

    If you were arrested on a felony charge but the charge was nullied will ct still issue you a permit to carry.

  • Guest

    Ugh. 70 bucks to practice a right protected by both state and national constitutions?

    • Luke Larsen

      Even more considering you have to pay for a Basic Pistol course. Im even more unfortunate now that i live in Mass. $30 more. Ridiculous if you ask me. Its all about the money. Yet a criminal can go buy a handgun on the streets for a $100.

      • VSanity

        Yea lol. In MA it’s $100 bucks for the application (I.E. the chance that you might get a permit) and $100 for the class.

        • Mike Butler

          For a non-MA resident, it is $100 per year, and you have to renew in person.

    • Roses1

      It’s more than that… There are numerous fees

  • Irishsoul2000

    I grew up in Connecticut and now reside in Florida. I come up to visit my parents, family, and friends at least twice a year. I have a concealed carry license in Florida and know there is no reciprocity with CT. Does Connecticut Ollie permits to non- CT resident US citizens if so what do I need to obtain this permit
    Thank you for your help in this matter

    • Eddie Cochran

      Yes and permits are good for 5 years

  • Steve_sciotto

    It’s for 5 years…just enough to keep ‘everyone’ from carrying, not so much that it makes it impossible to afford.

  • mac

    it’s says open carry prohibited in all areas unless one has a permit. Does that mean you CAN Open Carry if you possess a conceal carry permit, or is there a special open carry permit.

    • Mike Butler

      No, it means you can choose to either open carry or conceal carry, but you need a permit to do either.

  • mac

    Just got off of the State of CT website pertaining to firearms. Not one thing is said pertaining to Open Carry. If you can find it let me know which section/ page to find it.

  • CINDY

    seems like CT will honor permits from other states but not all those that CT Honors will honor CT Permits

    • dave

      the map I saw said just the opposite. CT honors no states permit but Illinois

  • http://www.facebook.com/shawn.mitola Shawn Mitola

    this information is completely incorrect. You can not carry a firearm at all without a permit in CT and the CT carry permit says nothing about open carry or concealed carry. There is no requirement anywhere that you must conceal. You may only carry a pistol or revolver with a valid permit and you may do so either openly or concealed it is YOUR choice

    • niterdr45@yahoo.com

      It was just on NBC news that the only town in the state of Ct that you have to carry unconcealed is the town of New Britain all other towns are concealed…in the firearms laws it does state you may carry concealed or unconcealed, but if you carry unconcealed you will be putting your permit in jepordy depending on the officer you can be arrested and permit taken…just remember if you carry unconcealed try not to put the public in an alarmed state if someone feels uncomfortable police will be called…so with all the BS you would have to go through it would be easier to conceal it…good luck…any more info on laws on carring contact the firearms review board and they will send out a packet

      • Sailsalot

        Wrong.

      • Mike Butler

        New Britain has eliminated that restriction due to pressure by CCDL and others, and now is consistent with the rest of the state.

  • niterdr45@yahoo.com

    People who have Permits to carry DON’T carry weapons, they carry FIREARMS
    THUGS and MURDERS carry weapons
    Keep it concealed and suprise them all

  • niterdr45@yahoo.com

    hey everyone read this
    [PDF] UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT …www.ctgunrights.com/00…/10_13_2011_Kuck_2dAmenComp.pdf

  • niterdr45@yahoo.com

    it is about police stealing your permit after they arrest you

  • Tim

    My home state of MT allows people with a Connecticut permit to carry in Mt but Connecticut does not reciprocate. Bullshit!

  • Carlos

    I feel that the State of conneticut is more than fair concerning the guideline
    pertaining to qualifications needed before consideration to firearms, even
    more importantly the regulations once one has a gun permit.

  • littlee0836

    I have a question for anyone on here who may be able to help me. I am a resident of Connecticut, active duty Navy, although I grew up and lived in Tennesse when I joined the Navy. But I will be retiring in 2014. So here is my question. Being that I am a military police officer, will I still need to attend an approved safety course? And what about a firearms training certificate? Will I still need to have one those. My email address is littlee0836@yah.oo.com. If you would put something in the subject space to let me know what the email is for. Thank you

  • VSanity

    It is so annoying that no New England states (save for VT apparently) will honor another states LTC. It’s annoying that I can’t travel to CT or Maine with my concealed weapon. (I’m an MA resident)

  • Shelley Grady

    Does anyone know what the minimum caliber allowed to qualify for your Conceal Carry permit in CT?

    • Mike Butler

      .22

  • http://www.facebook.com/VasiKaloidis Vasilios Kaloidis

    How can I carry in other states other than CT

    • 1LTVeteran

      I’m a CT resident with a Florida nonresident permit which allows me to carry in 29 states

  • 1LTVeteran

    Open carry is legal in CT, it is just not exercised that often. Look at the permit you have display at the top of this page “State permit to carry pistol or revolver”. This has been litigated and the plantiff won at the state supreme court.

    • Walt Corey

      I was just listening to a couple of NV ham radio operators talking about open carry and how the ‘liberals would all freak out and point fingers”. IMHO, there is absolutely no justification to open carry. It is, at a minimum, provocative and confrontational and demonstrates extremely bad judgement. That doesn’t address the legality of it, just the sanity of it. If someone has the bad judgement to open carry in public they may have the equally bad judgement to use it.

  • K75RT

    “Localities with Varying Laws:
    For additional information please contact your local county Sheriff’s office.” Connecticut did away with their Sheriff’s several years ago, in their stead are State Marshals who mainly are concerned with civil process and prisoner transportation. If you have questions about firearms laws in the former Constitution-state please take a look at the Connecticut Citizens Defense League at CCDL.US . They are a wealth of knowledge and are not a government agency with an agenda.

  • John

    What about prior military? I used to live in Florida and they didn’t make me take the safety class because I was in the military. I just had to provide a copy of my DD214. Does that apply in CT as well or do I still need to take the class?

    • Hatgrease

      I took my class with an Air Force vet, he was base security or something and carried a handgun daily for six years. Connecticut has a lot of stupid laws, thats one of them. Sorry John.

  • FreeinVA

    Jesus, what a complicated state CT is. The Constitution State, right. So glad I live in Virginia. 3 cheers for 17 round mags and AR-15’s.

  • cody

    I just moved to willimantic from florida. I have a florida concealed carry permit. I now have a connecticut driver license. Connecticut recognizes floridas permit. Can I carry legally here with my permit and license?

    • YYArmed

      CT doesn’t have reciprocity with FL. Your permit is no good here

  • cali_italian2004

    Are there special requirements for veterans to acquire concealed weapons permit in CT?

  • Tim

    I would highly recommend that you carry your pistol concealed at all times, other than is the woods. You are simply just asking for trouble in more ways than you can possibly imagine. Your not a cowboy and bad guys would love the oportunity to take your weopon.

  • Victor Hernandez

    What happens to your weapo when your permit has been revoked.for driving under the influence

  • jas237

    If I live in Florida and have in laws in Connecticut and I have a carry permit can I bring my firearm with me to and from

    • YYArmed

      CT does not have a reciprocity clause with FL. Your FL Permit is no good in CT. Also, with the state of the world people are really skittish about guns in general why would you want to advertise that your carrying. You will draw attention to yourself and they will try to revoke your permit. I’ve spoken with several cops that would not hesitate to try and take your permit. As a women who is always armed there are less places to conceal since really putting it in a purse is stupid and I have only once been approached by an officer because someone saw my firearm and he asked me to lock it in my car since it was making the other “movie goer” nervous and escorted me out and back in. He was also nice enough to show me a secondary holster choice for women that he thought would work better with my gun and he was right it’s a great holster.

    • Walt Corey

      I believe the answer is no unless it is packaged as in for shipping. In other words not open in the car or on your person. But since you are not going to your house it is not clear you can have it at someone else’s house. You do not need a permit to have it in your house or a qualified licensed shooting/training facility. Your in-laws do not qualify.

  • Nic

    How do I register a pistol that was given to me as a present?

    • G19

      A pistol cannot be given to anyone as a present, it can only be legally transfered by a gun shop or someone with an FFL or similar.

  • jon

    I took an online course in vergina and pages the money to the site how do I fined out if I have a permit or not and can I carry in ct now that I live here

  • Nellie

    I have two assault on the 3rd degree over 24 year ago can’t I get a permit now ?

  • bidon

    i am an international student in the U.S.
    I live in ct and i am legal (have my student visa and u.s. driver license).
    can i apply for a permit?