(Last updated July 12, 2013.)
A person must be at least age 21 to obtain an eligibility certificate for a handgun. Connecticut prohibits any person from selling, bartering, lending, giving, delivering or otherwise transferring any handgun to a person under age 21. A handgun may be transferred temporarily to a person under age 21 for target shooting or use on a shooting range if under the immediate supervision of a person eligible to possess a handgun.
Generally, no person or corporation may sell, deliver or otherwise transfer, at retail, any long gun to any person under 18 years of age. In addition, no person or corporation may sell, deliver or otherwise transfer, at retail, any semi-automatic centerfire rifle that has or accepts a magazine with a capacity exceeding five rounds to any person under age 21.
There is no minimum age to possess a long gun.
Effective April 1, 2014, no person may purchase or receive any long gun unless such person holds a valid long gun eligibility certificate, a valid permit to sell a pistol or revolver, or a valid eligibility certificate for a pistol or revolver. A “junior firearms hunting license” may be issued to a child between 12 and 16 years of age.
Connecticut law generally prohibits the sale of firearm ammunition or an ammunition magazine to anyone under age 18.
Connecticut also prohibits any person from transferring, selling or giving a machine gun to a person under age 16, including the temporary transfer of a machine gun for use in target shooting or on a shooting range or for “any other purpose.”
Federal law imposes additional age limits.
See our Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.