Connecticut Gun & Ammo Laws: A 2nd Amendment Overview for Connecticut Gun Owners

PLEASE NOTE: The laws which impact Connecticut gun owners are subject to frequent change at the local, state, and federal level so it's wise to consult an attorney or your local law enforcement agency before making any final firearms-related decisions. Our official policy on shipping ammo to Connecticut can be found here, whereas the information below is meant as a reference point only.

Connecticut State Constitution

Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.

Other provisions relating to the power of the people over government:

All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit; and they have at all times an undeniable and indefeasible right to alter their form of government in such manner as they may think expedient.

The citizens have a right, in a peaceable manner, to assemble for their common good, and to apply to those invested with the powers of government, for redress of grievances, or other proper purposes, by petition, address or remonstrance.

Connecticut Gun Laws

Connecticut Hunting Rules & Regulations

Connecticut Shooting Ranges

Connecticut Competitive Shooting Clubs & Matches

Connecticut NRA Training Courses & Fundraising Events

Connecticut Gun Shows and FFLs

Connecticut's Yearly Ranking in "Best Gun-Friendly States" by Guns & Ammo Magazine

Connecticut Elected Public Officials

Connecticut Public Finances and Personal & Economic Freedom Rankings

Connecticut State Business Tax Climate Rankings

Firearm Background Check Data

Background check types

The transaction types Permit, Permit Recheck, Handgun, Long Gun, Other, Multiple and Admin on the chart are for background checks initiated by an officially-licensed Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) or criminal justice/law enforcement agency prior to the issuance of a firearm-related permit or transfer.

Multiple indicates a background check where more than one type of firearm is associated to a single background check.

Admin indicates the administrative checks that are for other authorized uses of the NICS.

Pre-Pawn background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees seeking to pledge or pawn a firearm.

Redemption background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to regain possession of a firearm after pledging or pawning a firearm as security at a pawn shop.

Private Sale background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to possess a firearm from a private party seller who is not an officially-licensed FFL.

Return to Seller-Private Sale background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to possess a firearm from a private party seller who is not an officially-licensed FFL.

Best Gun-Friendly States Ranking

Overall Freedom Ranking

Business Tax Climate Rankings