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    The current Connecticut General Statues appears to indicate a pistol permit is required for any "firearm" that has a barrel less than 12 inches. However, you will get many differing opinions, and there is currently much debate on various firearm discussion boards, with respect to the meaning and interpretations of current Connecticut General Statues on this subject.

    Currently, Connecticut General Statutes § 53a-3 (18) define a "pistol" or "revolver" as follows: "Pistol" or "revolver" means any firearm having a barrel less than twelve inches. And currently, Connecticut General Statutes § 53a-3 (19) defines a "firearm" as follows: "Firearm" means any sawed-off shotgun, machine gun, rifle, shotgun, pistol, revolver or other weapon, whether loaded or unloaded from which a shot may be discharged.

    And with very few exceptions, carrying of a pistol or revolver is not permitted without a permit. See Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 29-35. for more information and exceptions.

    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

    No. Provided the barrel is not shorter than 12 inches, a pistol permit is not required to purchase a pistol grip shotgun. Note: The ATF has indicated that a pistol grip shotgun cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 21.

    A firearm with a pistol grip in lieu of the shoulder stock is not designed to be fired from the shoulder and, therefore, is not a shotgun. Since it is a firearm “other than a rifle or shotgun,” the purchaser must be 21 years of age or older. Additionally, interstate controls apply. The licensee and transferee must be residents of the same State. 


    GCA, 18 U.S.C. § 921 (a) (5)


    Connecticut General Statute Sec. 29-37a.

    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)

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