As of 4/4/2013, SB 1160 is now in effect across Connecticut. This 138 page gun ban drastically alters the laws regarding firearms in Connecticut. No answer in this FAQ should be considered updated until this message is removed. We will be reviewing the new laws and the impacts they will have on Connecticut law and updating this FAq and our site as necessary.

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Any shotgun, semiautomatic or pump, that was legally manufactured prior to September 13, 1994 is not subject to Connecticut's Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) provided it is not "banned by name".

Pump shotguns manufactured after September 13, 1994 are not subject to the Connecticut AWB.

Semiautomatic shotguns manufactured after September 13, 1994 ("post ban) are subject to the Connecticut AWB. And as such are banned if they have at least two of the following features:

  • A folding or telescoping stock
  • A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon
  • A fixed magazine capacity in excess of five rounds
  • An ability to accept a detachable magazine


Connecticut General Statute Sec. 53-202m.

Connecticut General Statute Sec. 53-202a

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