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The following events are considered disqualifiers.

1. Failure to complete a course prescribed by the Commissioner of Public Safety in the safety and use of pistols and revolvers.

2. Felony conviction.

3. Misdemeanor conviction for any one of the following:

a) Penalty for illegal possession. Alternative sentences. Subsection (c) of Section 21 a-279.

b) Criminally negligent homicide. Section 53a-58.

c) Assault in the third degree. Section 53a-61.

d) Assault of a victim sixty or older in the third degree Section 53a-61a.

e) Threatening. Section 53a-62.

f) Reckless endangerment in the first degree. Section 53a-63.

g) Unlawful restraint in the second degree. Section 53a-96.

h) Riot in the first degree. Section 53a-175.

i) Riot in the second degree. Section 53a-176.

j) Inciting to riot Section 53a-178.

k) Stalking in the second degree. Section 53a-181d.

4. Has been discharged from custody within the preceding 20 years after having been found not guilty of a crime by reason of mental disease or defect pursuant to Section 53a-13.

5. Has been confined in a hospital for mental illness as defined in Section 17a- 495, within the preceding 12 months by order of a probate court.

6. Subject to a restraining or protective order issued by a court in a case involving the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force on another person.

7. Is an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States.


Suitability and the circumstance surrounding any decision that the applicant is NOT a suitable person.

One of the most common reasons that applications are denied and appealed is the fact that applicants fail to list information on the application regarding previous ARRESTS, CONVICTIONS, COURT ORDERS and incidents where law enforcement may have been involved.

Whether or not the issuing authority, (after conducting a background investigation and reviewing the information supplied), considers the applicant a suitable or unsuitable will be evident by the decision to issue, renew or deny.

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