Prior to April 1, 2014 no sale, delivery, or other transfer of any long gun shall be made until the expiration of two weeks from the date of the application. Current exceptions include federal marshals, parole officers, or peace officers. READ ALL
Beginning on and after April 1, 2014 no person may purchase a long gun unless such person holds a valid long gun eligibility certificate, a valid permit to carry a pistol or revolver, a valid permit to sell at retail a pistol or revolver, or a valid eligibility certificate for a pistol or revolver, or is a federal marshal, parole officer, or peace officer.
No person, firm, or corporation may deliver, sell, or otherwise transfer any firearm defined as a “long gun” to any person unless such person makes application on a form prescribed and furnished by the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection. No sale, delivery, or any other transfer of any long gun shall be made until the person, firm, or corporation making such sale, delivery, or transfer has ensured that such application has been completed properly and has obtained an authorization number from the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection for such sale, delivery, or transfer.
If the applicant is ineligible to receive such firearm, then the Commissioner of Emergency Service and Public Protection shall immediately notify the person, firm, or corporation to whom such application was made and no such firearm shall be sold, delivered, or transferred by such person, firm, or corporation to the applicant. When any firearm is delivered in connection with any sale, delivery, or transfer the firearm shall be enclosed in a package, the paper or wrapping of which shall be securely fastened, and no such item when delivered on any sale or purchase shall be loaded or contain any gunpowder or other explosive or any bullet, ball or shell.
Upon the sale, delivery, or other transfer of a firearm, the transferee shall sign in triplicate a receipt for such firearm, which shall contain the name, address, date and place of birth, date of sale, delivery, or transfer, the caliber, make, model, and manufacturers number and general description thereof. Then the transferor (vendor) shall within 24 hours of the sale, delivery, or transfer shall send by first class mail or electronically transfer one receipt to the chief of police, where there is no chief of police, the warden of the borough or the first selectman, of the town in which the purchaser resides. The vendor shall also retain 1 receipt with the original application for at least 5 years.
No sale, delivery, or other transfer of any long gun shall be made by a person who is not a federally-licensed firearm manufacturer, importer, or dealer to a person who is not a federally-licensed firearm manufacturer, importer, or dealer unless:
- The prospective transferor and transferee has received authorization from the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
- A national instant background check (NICS) has been initiated by a federally-licensed firearm dealer who has consented to initiate such check at the request of the prospective transferor or prospective transferee in accordance with other requirements including possessing a valid eligibility certificate (long gun or hand gun), valid permit to carry a pistol or revolver, or a valid permit to sell at retail a pistol or revolver.
- Background check fee may not exceed $20. Those who wish to use this transfer system must have all relevant documents to fulfill the legal requirements.
Effective July 1, 2013
Any person who is 18 years of age or older may apply to the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection for a long gun eligibility certificate. The Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection shall issue a long gun eligibility certificate unless the Commissioner finds that the applicant is disqualified under section 2(b). Anyone issued a long gun eligibility certificate must notify the Commissioner with 2 business days of a change in address. The initial fee/renewal fee associated with the long gun eligibility certificate is $35.00. Long gun eligibility certificates are valid for a period of 5 years.
Any revocation of certificate shall be made in writing to holder of such certificate. The holder of a revoked certificate must surrender certificate within 5 days or face legal action. Appeals can be made within 90 days of any refusal to issue a certificate or permit.
The Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection can conduct a national criminal history records check and issue an ammunition certificate costing $35.00 and is valid for 5 years.
A permit to carry a handgun, a permit to sell handguns, or a handgun eligibility certificate is required to purchase a pistol or revolver. Any person, firm or corporation who sells or otherwise transfers a handgun must contact the Connecticut State Police to verify the validity of the permit to carry handguns or the handgun eligibility certificate.
Any person who is twenty-one years of age or older may apply to the Commissioner of Public Safety for an eligibility certificate for a pistol or revolver. The Commissioner must issue this certificate if the applicant may lawfully possess a handgun under state and federal law, and has successfully completed an approved handgun safety or training course. The applicant must be fingerprinted and pay all appropriate fees ($35). The certificate is valid for 5 years. The Commissioner of Public Safety must be notified within 2 business days of an address change. A certificate of eligibility for a handgun does not authorize an individual to carry a pistol or revolver.
It is unlawful to sell or transfer a handgun to any person who is forbidden to possess a firearm under state or federal law, or to a person under 21. However, a handgun may be temporarily transferred to a person under 21 for target shooting under the immediate supervision of a person eligible to possess a handgun and such use is otherwise permitted by law. No person, firm or corporation shall sell, deliver or otherwise transfer any pistol or revolver at retail unless such pistol or revolver is equipped with a reusable trigger lock, gun lock or gun locking device.