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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


    With very few exceptions you cannot bring into Connecticut any firearm that is classified as an "Assault Weapon". See Connecticut General Statute Sec. 53-202a for the definition of an "assault weapon", the banned by name firearms, and what features are permitted/prohibited on firearms manufactured after September 13, 1994. See Connecticut General Statute Sec. 53-202d (b) for the very narrow exceptions.

    For any semiautomatic rifle manufactured after September 13, 1994 ("post ban"), which is capable of accepting a detachable magazine; one must remove, grind off, or fix/pin in place the following items if said rifle has more than two of the these features.

    • A folding or telescoping stock
    • A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon
    • A bayonet mount
    • A flash supporessor or threaded barrel designed to accomodate a flash suppressor
    • A grenade launcher

     

    For example on a "post ban"AR-15 rifle, since they generally have a pistol grip and a threaded barrel, one must remove a flash suppressor and pin in place a brake or compensator. If the "post ban" AR-15 has a collapsible stock in addition to a pistol grip and threaded barrel, the collapsing stock also must be pined or fixed in place so it cannot collapse or expand. On "post ban" AR-15 with a pistol grip and threaded barrel and a bayonet mount, one can simply grind off, or down, the bayonet mount.

    Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 53-202m.

    Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 53-202m.

    Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 53-202d


    Yes. As long as you are active duty military and have been transferred/assigned/reassigned to Connecticut you may bring any legally owned firearms classified as "Assault Weapons" by Connecticut statute with you when you move into this state. You have 90 day to obtain a "Certificate of possession of assault weapon" by contacting DEPP/SLFU at the following address.

    State of Connecticut
    Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
    Division of State Police
    Special Licensing and Firearms Unit
    1111 Country Club Road
    Middletown, CT 06457

    Telephone (860) 685-8290
    Email: Special Licensing and Firearms

    Connecticut General Statute Sec. 53-202a.

    Connecticut General Statute Sec. 53-202d. (b)


    Any semiatutomatic firearm not banned by name meeting the following criteria:

    Connecticut General Statute Sec. 53-202a (3) (A)

           1.  Rifles - Any semiauto rifle that can accept a detachable magazine and has 2 or more of the following features:

    • Folding or telescoping stock
    • Pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action
    • Bayonet mount
    • A flash suppressor or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor
    • Grenade Launcher

     

    Connecticut General Statute Sec. 53-202a (3) (B)

           2. Pistol - Any semiauto pistol that can accept a detachable magazine and has 2 or more of the following features:

    • An magazine that attaches to the pistol outside of the pistol grip
    • A threaded barrel capable of accepting a barrel extender, flash suppressor, forward handgrip or silencer;
    • A shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel and that permits the shooter to hold the firearm with the nontrigger hand without being burned
    • A manufactured weight of fifty ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded
    • Semiauto version of a fullauto firearm

     

    Connecticut General Statute Sec. 53-202a (3) (C)

           3. Shotguns - Any semiauto shotgun with two or more of the following features:

    • Folding or telescoping stock
    • A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon
    • The ability to accept a detachable magazine
    • A fixed magazine capacity greater than 5 rounds

     

    Connecticut General Statute Sec. 53-202a (4)

    Or the possession of any parts capable of rapid assembly to create a "assault weapon"


    Yes, if you legally possessed the firearm prior to October 1, 1993 and recieved a certificate of possession from the state.

    Connecticut General Statute Sec. 53-202d

    Firearms manufacturers in state are exempt from the CT AWB.

    Connecticut General Statute Sec. 53-202i


    No, there is no restriction on the capacity of magazines.


    The following firearms are banned by name:

    Algimec Agmi; Armalite AR-180; Australian Automatic Arms SAP Pistol; Auto-Ordnance Thompson type; Avtomat Kalashnikov AK-47 type; Barrett Light-Fifty model 82A1; Beretta AR-70; Bushmaster Auto Rifle and Auto Pistol; Calico models M-900, M-950 and 100-P; Chartered Industries of Singapore SR-88; Colt AR-15 and Sporter; Daewoo K-1, K-2, Max-1 and Max-2; Encom MK-IV, MP-9 and MP-45; Fabrique Nationale FN/FAL, FN/LAR, or FN/FNC; FAMAS MAS 223; Feather AT-9 and Mini-AT; Federal XC-900 and XC-450; Franchi SPAS-12 and LAW-12; Galil AR and ARM; Goncz High-Tech Carbine and High-Tech Long Pistol; Heckler & Koch HK-91, HK-93, HK-94 and SP-89; Holmes MP-83; MAC-10, MAC-11 and MAC-11 Carbine type; Intratec TEC-9 and Scorpion; Iver Johnson Enforcer model 3000; Ruger Mini-14/5F folding stock model only; Scarab Skorpion; SIG 57 AMT and 500 series; Spectre Auto Carbine and Auto Pistol; Springfield Armory BM59, SAR-48 and G-3; Sterling MK-6 and MK-7; Steyr AUG; Street Sweeper and Striker 12 revolving cylinder shotguns; USAS-12; UZI Carbine, Mini-Carbine and Pistol; Weaver Arms Nighthawk; Wilkinson "Linda" Pistol.

    The model/make restriction also makes the possession of parts for rapid assembly of these firearms illegal.

    Connecticut General Statute Sec. 202a (1) (2)


    The CT Assault Weapons Ban is a law that restricts the sale and possession of firearms specifically banned by name. It also restricts the sale and possession of firearms based on a "feature count".


    Yes. If the firearm was manufactured before September 13, 1994 it is exempt from the CT AWB, barring it is not banned by name.

    Connecticut General Statute Sec. 53-202m