How to Sell a Gun in Connecticut

A comprehensive guide

To legally sell a firearm in Connecticut, it's essential to be well-versed in both Connecticut state laws and federal laws to guarantee a lawful and seamless sale. This knowledge is vital whether you've been a firearm owner for years or have newly acquired a gun through inheritance. Understanding your legal responsibilities and available options is key to ensuring a compliant transaction.

Options for Selling a Gun in Connecticut

There are numerous options available when considering the sale of firearms in the state of Connecticut.

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Sell your gun to a local dealer

Sell to a Local Dealer

Licensed dealers can handle all aspects of the sale, ensuring compliance with all state and federal laws.

Sell your gun through a private collection

Sell Through a Private Transaction

Direct sales to another individual are permitted, but come with specific legal responsibilities, both for the state of Connecticut and federally.

State Laws for Selling a Gun in Connecticut

Connecticut's firearm laws, known for their stringency, establish a detailed framework to regulate firearm possession, sale, and transfer, focusing on public safety and the balance between individual rights and collective security. This section provides an overview of the critical aspects of Connecticut's gun laws, pertaining to transfers in the state.

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Connecticut ID Requirements

Identification Requirements

In Connecticut, handgun buyers in private transactions must be state residents with a valid permit or eligibility certificate. Sellers are required to obtain an authorization number from the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit. The process involves two forms: DPS-67-C, to be kept by the seller for 20 years, and DPS-3-C, to be handed to the buyer.

Connecticut Waiting Periods

Waiting Periods

Connecticut does not impose a waiting period on firearm purchases or transfers. However, a purchaser or transferee must obtain a permit or certificate prior to receiving a firearm.

Age Requirements in Connecticut

Age requirements

A person must be at least age 21 to obtain an eligibility certificate for a handgun. A handgun may be transferred temporarily to a person under age 21 for target shooting or use on a shooting range if under the immediate supervision of a person eligible to possess a handgun. There is no minimum age to possess a long gun in Connecticut. Connecticut law generally prohibits the sale of firearm ammunition or an ammunition magazine to anyone under age 18.

Background Checks in Connecticut

Background Checks in Private Sales

As of October 1, 2023, Connecticut mandates that all firearm transfers can only occur if the recipient possesses a valid handgun carry permit, a retail firearm sales permit, or a handgun eligibility certificate. Additionally, anyone purchasing or receiving a long gun, such as a rifle or shotgun, must have one of these permits or licenses, or a long gun eligibility certificate.

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Ineligible Persons in Connecticut

Ineligible Persons

The Guide to Firearms and Permits in Connecticut outlines Ineligible persons as :

  • No person convicted for a Felony or a Misdemeanor crime of domestic violence involving the use or threatened use of physical force or a deadly weapon
  • No person may obtain a Pistol Permit, Eligibility Cer-tificate, or possess any handguns if they are less than 21 years of age
  • Any person convicted of a felony, or convicted in Connecticut for :
    • Illegal possession of narcotics or other controlled substances - 21a-279
    • Criminally negligent homicide - 53a-58
    • Assault in the third degree - 53a-61
    • Reckless endangerment in the first degree - 53a-63

Connecticut Residents Must Follow Federal Laws for Private Transactions

Federal law requires that the buyer of a firearm must be legally eligible to own a gun.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) provides guidelines for these transactions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How long are offers good for?

    Offers are valid for 14 days.

  • Can I sell multiple firearms?

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  • How do I get paid?

    We will either send you a check, or we will issue the funds via a secure ACH direct deposit. During the offer approval process, you will tell us which method of payment you prefer.


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