Connecticut State Law Summary

Posted on January 2, 2012

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Last updated December 9, 2013

In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. Connecticut ranked 2nd out of 50 – having enacted some of the strongest gun laws in the country.

In 2013, the Connecticut legislature enacted new laws that relate to firearms. These new laws are described below.

enacted in 2013

Laws that Strengthen Gun Regulation

CT H 6702 Strengthens law requiring subjects of restraining orders to surrender firearms.
CT S 1160 Strengthens the ban on assault weapons, bans large capacity ammunition magazines, creates gun offender registry, requires permit for long guns and ammunition purchase (note CT S 1094 provides amendments).

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Among other things, Connecticut:

Connecticut does not, however,

In 2010, Connecticut had the sixth lowest rate of gun deaths per capita among the states. (Even this relatively low ranking means that 209 people died from firearm-related injuries in Connecticut that year.) In addition, based on data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in 2009, Connecticut supplied the ninth lowest number of crime guns to other states per capita, and is a net importer of crime guns.

Connecticut Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in Connecticut, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.