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No. The locations where a person may NOT carry a weapon are not listed in any central location and require a complete understanding of the law.

Connecticut General Statutes Section 29-28 (e), provides the right for private citizens and businesses to prohibit firearms on their property or in their businesses, and this same clause is currently interpreted to allow government buildings to prohibit firearms inside of them as well.

Some of the places where you may not specifically carry a firearm:

  • A school [1]
  • A courthouse (by Judicial Decree)
  • A 'state worksite' if you are a state employee [2]
  • Any legislative building or where legislative offices exist [3]
  • Federal Courthouses [4]
  • Federal Buildings [4]
  • Any Building Owed, Leased or Rented by the Federal Government. [4]
  • Federal Prisons [4]
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property [5]
  • National Cemeteries [6]
  • Military Bases [4] [7]
  • Offices rented by the Federal Government [4]
  • Post Office (Includes Post Office owned parking lots or any other Postal property) [8]
  • Bureau of Land Management buildings [4]
  • Indian Reservations [9]
  • State of Conneticut Parks and Forests [10]

 

[1]: https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_952.htm#sec_53a-217b

[2]: http://www.ct.gov/opm/LIB/opm/OLR/Notices/exc16.pdf

[3]: http://cga.ct.gov/2011/pub/chap016.htm#Sec2-1e.htm

[4]: 18 USC § 930 - Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in Federal facilities

[5]: US Army Corps of Engineers Rules and Regulations Pamphlet

[6]: CFR Title 38 - PART 1 - 1.218 (a) (13)

[7]: Check at each Military Post for specific rules on Shooting Clubs.

[8]: 39 CFR 232.1(I)

[9]: Carry on Indian property is controlled by Tribal Law.

[10]: http://www.ct.gov/dep/lib/dep/regulations/23/23-4-1through5.pdf Note: According to DEP, a person may legally possess a handgun in a state park or forest when carrying the handgun (no larger than .22 caliber) exclusively for hunting small game (e.g., rabbits, squirrels) or other authorized activities, such as for use at a firearms range or participation in a hunter education class. See this Office of Legal Research document for more information.

National Parks/National Wildlife Refuges: As of February 22, 2010 it is legal to carry on Federal National Park and National Wildlife Refuge lands provided one can legally carry in that state. Note however that some National Monuments require the user to pass through a federal building and possibly through a security checkpoint. In these cases, weapons are prohibited in the federal building and will be confiscated at National Park/National Monument security checkpoints. A few examples of National/State Monuments with security checkpoints: NYC 9/11/Ground Zero Memorial, Liberty Island (Statue of Liberty), Ellis Island.

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