Connecticut — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

Connecticut — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

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StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Percentage of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Connecticut, the fraction of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 18.01
2002: 16.22
2001: 16.73

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Connecticut, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be 2004: 25.484

Gun Ownership by US State and Decade

ChartIn Connecticut, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 33.15 6
1991/2000: 42.6
1981/1990: 42.6

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Connecticut, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2010: 2097
2009: 173
2008: 200
2007: 149
2006: 173
2005: 187
2004: 173
2003: 153
2002: 147
2001: 191
2000: 179
1999: 199

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Connecticut, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2010: 5.857
2009: 4.86
2008: 5.64
2007: 4.22
2006: 4.92
2005: 5.33
2004: 4.95
2003: 4.39
2002: 4.25
2001: 5.56
2000: 5.26
1999: 5.88

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Connecticut, annual homicides by any means total

2010: 1447
2009: 114
2008: 127
2007: 106
2006: 132
2005: 107
2004: 110
2003: 107
2002: 98
2001: 172
2000: 95
1999: 120

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Connecticut, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2010: 4.037
2009: 3.20
2008: 3.58
2007: 3.01
2006: 3.75
2005: 3.05
2004: 3.15
2003: 3.07
2002: 2.83
2001: 5.01
2000: 2.79
1999: 3.54

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Connecticut, annual firearm homicides total

2010: 987
2009: 78
2008: 87
2007: 67
2006: 92
2005: 66
2004: 64
2003: 56
2002: 57
2001: 72
2000: 61
1999: 84

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Connecticut, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 2.747
2009: 2.19
2008: 2.45
2007: 1.90
2006: 2.62
2005: 1.88
2004: 1.83
2003: 1.61
2002: 1.65
2001: 2.10
2000: 1.79
1999: 2.48

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Connecticut, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),8 annual handgun homicides total

2012: 509 10
2011: 54
2010: 72
2009: 51
2008: 46
2007: 37
2006: 57
2005: 27
2004: 39
2003: 23
2002: 32
2001: 53
2000: 49
1999: 66
1998: 62
1997: 70
1996: 87
1995: 96

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Connecticut, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),11 the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2012: 1.3912
2011: 1.51
2010: 2.01
2009: 1.43
2008: 1.30
2007: 1.05
2006: 1.62
2005: 0.77
2004: 1.12
2003: 0.66
2002: 0.93
2001: 1.54
2000: 1.44
1999: 1.95
1998: 1.84
1997: 2.09
1996: 2.61
1995: 2.89

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Connecticut, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),8 annual handgun homicides total

2010: 0 Suppressed13 10
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Connecticut, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),11 the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13 10
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Connecticut, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),14 annual long gun homicides total

2012: 289 10
2011: 2
2010: 1
2009: 2
2008: 1
2007: 4
2006: 2
2005: 2
2004: 2
2003: 1
2002: 5
2001: 4
2000: 5
1999: 6
1998: 8
1997: 5
1996: 6
1995: 2

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Connecticut, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),15 the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.7812
2011: 0.06
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.11
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.06
2003: 0.03
2002: 0.14
2001: 0.12
2000: 0.15
1999: 0.18
1998: 0.24
1997: 0.15
1996: 0.18
1995: 0.06

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Connecticut, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),14 annual long gun homicides total

2010: 0 Suppressed13 10
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Connecticut, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),15 the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13 10
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Connecticut, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),16 annual firearm homicides (Other) total

2012: 349 10
2011: 38
2010: 24
2009: 17
2008: 24
2007: 16
2006: 6
2005: 18
2004: 6
2003: 7
2002: 8
2001: 15
2000: 8
1999: 2
1998: 9
1997: 5
1996: 16
1995: 4

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Connecticut, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),17 the annual rate of firearm homicide (Other) per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.9512
2011: 1.06
2010: 0.67
2009: 0.48
2008: 0.68
2007: 0.45
2006: 0.17
2005: 0.51
2004: 0.17
2003: 0.20
2002: 0.23
2001: 0.44
2000: 0.23
1999: 0.06
1998: 0.27
1997: 0.15
1996: 0.48
1995: 0.12

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Connecticut, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),16 annual firearm homicides (Other) total

2010: 9713 10
2009: 77
2008: 87
2007: 62
2006: 89
2005: 63
2004: 62
2003: 54
2002: 53
2001: 71
2000: 59
1999: 80

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Connecticut, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),17 the annual rate of firearm homicide (Other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 2.7113 10
2009: 2.16
2008: 2.45
2007: 1.76
2006: 2.53
2005: 1.80
2004: 1.77
2003: 1.55
2002: 1.53
2001: 2.07
2000: 1.73
1999: 2.36

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Connecticut, annual suicides by any means total

2010: 3537
2009: 316
2008: 315
2007: 271
2006: 292
2005: 295
2004: 294
2003: 272
2002: 260
2001: 283
2000: 304
1999: 274

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Connecticut, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2010: 9.887
2009: 8.87
2008: 8.88
2007: 7.68
2006: 8.30
2005: 8.41
2004: 8.41
2003: 7.81
2002: 7.52
2001: 8.24
2000: 8.93
1999: 8.09

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Connecticut, annual firearm suicides total

2010: 1107
2009: 93
2008: 109
2007: 78
2006: 79
2005: 112
2004: 105
2003: 89
2002: 85
2001: 115
2000: 113
1999: 111

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Connecticut, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 3.087
2009: 2.61
2008: 3.07
2007: 2.21
2006: 2.25
2005: 3.19
2004: 3.00
2003: 2.55
2002: 2.46
2001: 3.35
2000: 3.32
1999: 3.28

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Connecticut, annual handgun suicides total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Connecticut, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Connecticut, the number of long gun suicides is

2010: 1513
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 20
2007: 15
2006: 11
2005: 22
2004: 16
2003: 10
2002: 15
2001: 23
2000: 11
1999: 18

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Connecticut, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.56
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.63
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.67
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Connecticut, annual gun suicides (other) total

2010: 9413
2009: 86
2008: 89
2007: 63
2006: 68
2005: 90
2004: 89
2003: 77
2002: 70
2001: 90
2000: 100
1999: 92

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Connecticut, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 2.6313
2009: 2.41
2008: 2.51
2007: 1.79
2006: 1.93
2005: 2.57
2004: 2.55
2003: 2.21
2002: 2.02
2001: 2.62
2000: 2.94
1999: 2.72

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Connecticut, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2007: 37
2006: 1
2005: 9
2004: 2
2003: 6
2002: 3
2001: 3
2000: 3
1999: 2

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Connecticut, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2007: 0.097
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.26
2004: 0.06
2003: 0.17
2002: 0.09
2001: 0.09
2000: 0.09
1999: 0.06

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Connecticut, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Connecticut, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Connecticut, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Connecticut, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Connecticut, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Connecticut, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Connecticut, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2007: 17
2006: 1
2005: 0
2004: 1
2003: 2
2002: 1
2001: 1
2000: 2
1999: 0

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Connecticut, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2007: 0.037
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.03
2001: 0.03
2000: 0.06
1999: 0.00

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Connecticut, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Connecticut, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Connecticut, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Connecticut, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Connecticut, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Connecticut, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Connecticut, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 018
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 019
2007: 1
2006: 0
2005: 3
2004: 3
2003: 0
2002: 3
2001: 720
2000: 0
1999: 7
1998: 6
1997: 2
1996: 2
1995: 5

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Connecticut at a rate of 6.921 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Connecticut ranked at No. 4121 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation – Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Connecticut is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Connecticut includes the Connecticut General Statutes and the Constitution of Connecticut 196523

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Connecticut are regulated by the Local and State Governments (as long as Local regulations do not conflict with State law)24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Connecticut, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Connecticut, civilians are not allowed to possess assault weapons unless owned pre-1994,30 .50 calibre rifles31 and large capacity ammunition magazines with few exceptions,32 but civilians are allowed to possess machine guns33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Connecticut, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to federal licensing and registration34 33 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Connecticut, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited with only narrow exemptions30 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Connecticut, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is prohibited with only narrow exemptions30 35 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Connecticut, non-prohibited persons of minimum age35 and holders of eligibility certificates36 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Connecticut is 21 years for handguns (no minimum age for long guns) and 16 years for machine guns37 25 26

Gun Licence Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Connecticut must pass a background check which considers criminal and mental35 36 25 26 records

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Connecticut does not stipulate (restraining and protective order only)38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Connecticut, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for handguns36 25 26

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Connecticut gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every five years for an Eligibility Certificate36 25 26

Licensing Records

In Connecticut, authorities maintain a record (for Eligibility Certificates)36 25 26 of individual civilians permitted to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Connecticut, the law requires for assault weapons39 and machine guns only33 2526 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Connecticut, licensed firearm dealers are required40 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Connecticut, licensed gun makers are required (for machine guns)41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Connecticut is obliged42 43 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks on Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Connecticut is obliged42 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Connecticut, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted (for handguns only)43 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Connecticut, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful only for handguns44 25 26

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Connecticut, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited 45 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

The number of licensed firearm dealers in Connecticut is reported to be 2011: 1,64346

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Connecticut, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 14 days42 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Connecticut, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated47 25 26in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations – Private

Firearm regulations in Connecticut do not include (handguns only)48 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations – Dealer

Firearm regulations in Connecticut include44 49 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Connecticut include50 48 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Connecticut, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law33 51 5253 54 55 25 26

Firearm Tracing

In Connecticut, state authorities carry out56 25 26 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Marking of Firearms and Ammunition

In Connecticut, state authorities employ56 25 26 ballistic fingerprinting technology to trace guns and ammunition

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Connecticut, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit for handguns and without a permit for long guns57 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Connecticut, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit58 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Connecticut, local licensing authorities “may issue”, with room for discretion,58 5925 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Connecticut, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are not granted (non-Connecticut resident must apply for CCP)58 25 26reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Connecticut, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are not exempt58 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Connecticut, private guns are prohibited in General Assembly buildings,60 vehicles (loaded firearms)50 and schools61 25 26

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Connecticut, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm62 is 10 years prison63 64 41 65 66 67 68 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV/Brady

In their ‘A-F’ State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign ranked Connecticut as ‘A-’69

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Connecticut on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 5870
2010: 5871
2009: 5372
2008: 5473
2007: 5474

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Connecticut at No. 475 among 50 US States

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