Connecticut has some of the strongest gun laws in the country, earning an A- in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. After the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, the state overhauled its gun laws. In 2017, Connecticut had the fifth-lowest gun death rate among the states and the seventh-lowest rate of crime gun exports. To further strengthen its gun laws, Connecticut could increase funding to community violence intervention programs and strengthen relinquishment laws.

  • Universal background checks and firearm purchaser licensing

  • Gun show regulations

  • Uses state databases for background checks in addition to federal databases

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Ammunition sale regulation

  • Assault weapon and large capacity magazine ban, partial 50 caliber rifle ban

  • Prohibited purchaser reporting to federal background check databases

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Investment in evidence-based community violence intervention strategies

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Safe storage requirement

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Handgun microstamping requirement