A Connecticut firearm bill of sale, known as form “DPS-3-C,” is used to document the transfer of gun ownership in both private and licensed firearm sales. It provides evidence of the transaction by reporting the parties’ information, the transfer date, and the weapon(s) being exchanged. This bill of sale form, along with an Application to Purchase Firearm, is required when selling a handgun or revolver. In all firearms sales, the seller must ensure that the buyer is properly licensed to carry the weapon, and the sale must be approved by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The NICS will examine the buyer’s criminal record to determine whether the sale is permitted. Upon approval of the background check, a sales authorization number will be issued to the seller.
- Firearm laws – § 29-33
- Background check required? Yes. The private transfer of a firearm requires a background check on the buyer.
- Permit required to purchase? Yes. A permit is required to purchase both handguns and long guns.
Conceal Carry Laws
Statute – § 29-28
Carrying a concealed firearm is legal for individuals with a Connecticut Pistol Permit (CTPP). To apply for a permit, the applicant must visit a local law enforcement agency and file a Pistol Permit/Eligibility Certificate Application. Applicants will be charged $70 plus additional costs for fingerprinting and a background check. A temporary permit will be issued after a successful criminal history investigation. Within sixty (60) days of receiving the temporary permit, the applicant must go to a Special Licensing & Firearms Unit to fill out an Application for State Permit to Carry Pistol and Revolvers (DPS-46). The pistol permit will be issued following the agency’s approval.