Connecticut concealed carry

Connecticut Concealed Carry Classes

Requirements to qualify for a license

You must be at least 21 years of age to apply for a Connecticut concealed carry license (which is actually just called a pistol permit).  You must be a legal resident of the U.S. but you don’t have to be a resident of Connecticut.  You cannot have a felony conviction or one of the following 11 misdemeanor offenses on your record:

  • Illegal possession of controlled or hallucinogenic substances
  • Criminally negligent homicide
  • Assault in the third degree
  • Assault of a victim 60 or older in the third degree
  • Threatening
  • Reckless endangerment in the first degree
  • Unlawful restraint in the second degree
  • Riot in the first degree
  • Riot in the second degree
  • Inciting to riot
  • Stalking in the second degree

Here is a list of other disqualifying factors:

  • Conviction as a delinquent for the commission of a serious juvenile offense
  • Discharge from custody in the last 20 years after being found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect
  • Being committed to a mental institution within the preceding 12 months
  • Being subject to a restraining or protective order in a case involving physical force against another person
  • Being subject to a firearms seizure order
  • Being an illegal alien in the United States
  • Renouncing your U.S. citizenship
  • Having a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces

Finally, you must complete a handgun safety course with a live fire requirement.  Once all requirements have been met you should apply to the Police chief or First Selectman of your local town.  They will have 8 weeks to issue or deny your temporary state permit.  You will then apply for a state permit through the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. Application instructions can be found here.

Connecticut Concealed Carry Classes

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What will you learn in class?

Connecticut requires you to take at a minimum the NRA Basic Pistol Course.  This course will teach you how to properly handle and operate a handgun.  You will learn about different types of ammunition, how to load a handgun, how to clean a gun, and safe storage of weapons in the home.

Try to find an instructor that also discusses Connecticut laws relating to the "use of deadly force".  I recommend that you find additional training about Connecticut laws beyond this basic pistol course.

How long does it take to get a license?

It can take up to 8 weeks to receive your temporary state permit and another 8 weeks to receive your 5 year state permit.  If your permit is denied you can appeal to the Board of Firearm Permit Examiners.Connecticut concealed carry

How much does the license cost?

The License fee is $70.  You will also incur fees for background checks and for your handgun training class.  You can expect to spend a total of $250 to $350 to obtain your permit.

Reciprocity with other states

Connecticut does not recognize any other states' concealed carry permits.  Non-residents with a valid permit from another state may apply for a Connecticut pistol permit.  Connecticut does not have reciprocity agreements with any other state but check out this map to see which states honor a CT Pistol Permit.

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Where can you not carry a concealed weapon?

  • Schools
  • Federal government owned or leased buildings
  • Courthouses
  • State legislative buildings
  • Federal Prisons
  • Indian Reservations
  • State parks and state forests

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