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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The answer legally is 'no'. There is no legal requirement to disclose the presence of a firearm either in your car or on your person during a traffic stop.

This issue is a subjective one. People have their own opinions on how to handle this situation. 

One school of thought is to hand your pistol permit over to the police officer with your license and let him ask the questions from there if they choose to so. 

Another school of thought is to not offer information that is not needed unless being asked to step out of the car or directly asked about the presence of firearms.

By all means, lying to a police officer about the presence of a firearm is likely to end up with you in legal trouble.

Since there is no legal disclosure requirement, this is a matter that is entirely up to you. You should do what you are comfortable with.

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