Moving to CT - laws?


December 30, 2005, 09:51 PM
So, in just a short while longer I'll be moving to CT from MA - not much of a step up, but something!

What are the laws concerning "assault weapons" and the like?

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Eskimo Jim
December 30, 2005, 10:20 PM
Third Rail,
I too moved from MA to CT except I went through VT.

Search the forums here. There was a long list of articles posted about CT.

CT banned some semi auto rifles. AK-47 look a like in 7.62x54? is banned. Some AR 15 rifles, galil, FAL and their copies are banned. YOu can get a AK-47 that takes .223 ammo. Go figure on that one.

CCW is ok, but depends on the town. 8 weeks is the max they can take to process your paperwork but waits of 12 weeks and up isn't uncommon. After the town does your paper work, you have a worthless Temporary Permit (you can buy anything with it) good for 30 days until you get a 4 or 5 year permit at certain State Police barracks that are only open certain hours. Cost over all is cheaper than MA.


December 31, 2005, 01:00 AM
So you can't buy pistols/rifles/shotguns without a permit? That's no worse than MA, but no better unfortunately. Also unfortunate on the FALs, etc. - I've been wanting one of those. Oh well.

EDIT: I searched but couldn't find anything useful other than this tidbit... I can't go to a range without a CCW? And I can't get one until I'm 21.... so I can't really go to the range until then, or am I wrong? (please let me be wrong)

Anyone with experience on the laws, please chime in.

EDIT 2: This ( seems to sum up the laws. It seems I'm in a little bit worse situation than here in MA! I didn't know what I was getting in to - most if not all of the fun stuff is banned - just like MA; but now I have to put up with a waiting period?

December 31, 2005, 02:25 AM
Bump. This is really bothering me - my wife loves to go to the range, so it's not good if I'm right.

December 31, 2005, 02:52 AM
I don't know about waiting until 21 to go to the range (via a CHL), but the only thing that's banned is the 7.62x39 cartridge and any rifle that fires it. I have been to plenty CT firearms stores, including one last month, and they had everything for sale: AK rifles in .223 or 5.45, AR-15 rifles, semi-auto shotguns, high-cap pistols and mags, et cetera. Get your CHL and you can buy with impunity, no waiting periods either.

It may suck if you're under 21 but that can't last forever.

I'd have to say that once you get to 21 it's much better than Massachusetts.

December 31, 2005, 03:07 AM
Well, I'm only going to be there for two years. One of those years (and a bit more) I'll be 21... so it's not too bad. I read something about a hunting license exempting me from a waiting period? How does that work?

Anyone with experience about the range/age question, do chime in. :)

December 31, 2005, 07:01 AM check Connecticut laws. You don't need a permit for a long gun, only handguns. The permit is good for 5 yrs. And it is more or less a shall issue state. If a locality denies you, you can appeal to the Connecticut Board of Firearms.. No where near as bad here as Mass from what I have read.

December 31, 2005, 08:54 AM
hi 3rd rail, I live in Ct and it isn't too awful. To buy a pistol you need a permit. With that all you have to do is pass the insta-check and you can buy the gun. I don't know the age limit for pistol permits. It is a concealed carry permit, that is the only one issued. But the state is shall issue even if some of the local police don't want to issue permits.
As for rifles you can buy them without a permit or a hunting license if you wait for 2 weeks. There is a list of "evil" guns. AK types, AR's with certain features, FAL's , semi-auto tommy guns, and more. If you have them and they aren't registered they aren't grandfathered if you move into the state.
There is an old thread called " Connecticut?" by a guy named Ready on the Right which had a lot of good links in it. As for ranges my local indoor range won't rent guns or let anyone shoot without 1 person having a permit, but I don't think the out door range has that rule.
If you are in the area send me a PM and we can go shooting. There are a few CT highroaders who seem to be great guys you will be welcomed here.

pete in connecticut

December 31, 2005, 10:27 AM
Check the Gun Laws Forum here:


December 31, 2005, 10:34 AM
Here's the link to the great answers to my questions on Connecticut:

I chose to stay in the Midwest.

December 31, 2005, 10:47 AM
Here is the list of banned "Assault Weapons" in CT:

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 or A part or combination of parts designed or intended to convert a firearm into an assault weapon, or any combination of parts from which an assault weapon may be rapidly assembed if those parts are in the possession or under the control of the same person.

Here is more info about CT firearms laws.|

There is other firearms info in the left-side navigation on that page.

Best of luck!

December 31, 2005, 10:49 AM
So, those and only those are banned in CT?

Funny, they left out the most obvious stuff (AR-15, etc.)

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