Pistol Permit - Additional Requirements
The State of Connecticut requires the following to be submitted to the local issuing
authority to constitute a 'sufficient application':
A completed, signed and notarized
Completed State and Federal fingerprint cards with $16.50 fee payable to the Department
of Emergency Services and Public Protection or other 'positive identification' as
prescribed by CGS 29-29 for use in the background check.
- Firearms Safety and Use Course Certificate (NRA Basic Pistol course).
- $70.00 payable to the local authority.
Proof you are legally and lawfully in the United States (e.g., certified copy of
birth certificate, U.S. passport or documentation issued by I.C.E.).
These are the only necessary requirements to submit an application for a Permit
to Carry Pistols and Revolvers. Any additional requirements from a local issuing
authority are not necessary and should be ignored by the applicant. Local issuing
authorities have been informed of their lack of legal authority to demand this information
and that it is inappropriate for the local issuing authority to deny or delay an
application based on the applicant’s refusal to submit such information. Some choose
to continue to request it and some of those still pretend like it is necessary.
In 1968, Attorney General Robert K. Killian
If the legislature had intended that each municipal police department devise an
appropriate application form for the carrying of handgun, it would not have expressly
provided that the application forms be prescribed by the Commissioner of State Police.
The clear and obvious intent of the General Assembly was to provide a uniform application
for state-wide use by issuing authorities. The authority to prescribe such a form
having been granted to the Commissioner of State Police, a municipal police department
may not alter, change or add to the prescribed form no matter how laudable the intent
or motive for doing so.
On 1/24/10, the Board of Firearm Permit Examiners (BFPE)
In light of the strong legislative policy favoring “a uniform application for state-wide
use by issuing authorities”, it is the determination of the Board that the statute
does not permit an issuing authority to require submission of additional material
at the time an applicant files his application on a form prescribed by the commissioner
together with the required statutory fees and proof of (a) completion of a course
approved by the commissioner in safety and use of pistols and revolvers, (b) that
the applicant is not an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States, (c)
that he is not less than twenty-one years of age, and (d) fingerprints for a criminal
record check. Refusal to submit additional material with the initial application,
such as letters of reference, does not, ipso facto, render the applicant unsuitable.
Further, such failure to submit this additional material does not relieve an issuing
authority of its statutory duty to conduct an investigation into the applicant’s
suitability and to process the application within the statutory time frame. Accordingly,
an applicant’s failure to submit these additional materials with the initial application
would not constitute “just and proper cause” for denial.
On 4/12/2012, the Board of Firearm Permit Examiners (BFPE) once again
their decision in a hearing in person with Connecticut Carry and
the Waterbury Police Department.
The issue of additional requirements being unnecessary and not within the lawful
authority of local issuing authorities has been settled law since 1968. It remains