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Old 06-03-2007, 09:55   #1
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Confused about CT pistol law

I'll be moving to CT in a few months and I'm confused by the laws. From what I understand, you can't carry a pistol (even unloaded in your car's trunk) without a pistol permit.

To obtain said permit, you need to take a NRA course. How does one go about taking such a course if you can't get your pistol to the place you take the course? I guess one option is to rent one, but that might not always be possible.

Is there something I'm missing?

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Old 06-03-2007, 13:06   #2
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If you have a resident permit from your home state, apply to the CT State Police for a CT non-res permit. Once you move, get it switched to a resident permit. I'm willing to bet the Special Licensing & Firearms Unit will make the switch for you, so that you can avoid the hassle of dealing with a local CT PD (and the possible anti-gun attitudes prevalent in lower CT PD's).

Call the State Police.
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Old 06-03-2007, 16:42   #3
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Here we go again!!!!! Hef, we are not anti-gun in CT. Getting a permit is straight forward and is not a hassle. Before you start making assumptions and maligning our local PD's, you might want to be informed and know what you are talking about. Do I sound like I took the comment personally.... you bet I do. Most officers, to include the ones I work with, are not anti-gun. The only ones I've really ever run across were higher-ups in big cities, with political aspirations.

Nognig, if you are moving to the state, yes, unloaded in the trunk, ammunition elswhere, gun locked up will not cause you an issue. Then apply for a permit. Taking the course is easy, and the place where you go usually provides the guns. Its not like a long or involved shooting session; more a safety and familiarization session.
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Old 06-04-2007, 05:37   #4
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Almost all gun ranges and gun clubs provide permit classes. In the class I took at the local range, a range gun rental was included with the cost of the class.
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Old 06-04-2007, 09:22   #5
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Here we go again!!!!! Hef, we are not anti-gun in CT. Getting a permit is straight forward and is not a hassle. Before you start making assumptions and maligning our local PD's, you might want to be informed and know what you are talking about. Do I sound like I took the comment personally.... you bet I do. Most officers, to include the ones I work with, are not anti-gun. The only ones I've really ever run across were higher-ups in big cities, with political aspirations.

Nognig, if you are moving to the state, yes, unloaded in the trunk, ammunition elswhere, gun locked up will not cause you an issue. Then apply for a permit. Taking the course is easy, and the place where you go usually provides the guns. Its not like a long or involved shooting session; more a safety and familiarization session.
My comment was based upon the attitudes of the (lower Fairfield/New Haven) personnel who make decisions regarding permits, policy, etc, as they are the people who use their positions to promote anti-gun agendas. My experience has been that CT patrol officers overall are 50/50 when it comes to supporting gun rights, but in lower Fairfield County and New Haven they seem to be more anti-gun than pro-gun.

I'm not attacking you personally, so please don't take it as such. I've met quite a few cops, and have/had a few in my family. My cousin was the chief of police in Stamford (retired now).
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Old 06-04-2007, 12:21   #6
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Thanks guys! I don't have a permit in my home state, so I can't get the temp permit based on that.

My other option is to take the NRA course here in Michigan before I leave. My question is, will there be a problem getting it recognized? Which course should I take?

I've been shooting for 3 years or so, I think I'm pretty good with a pistol, at least an intermediate level of skill. Should I just take the most basic handgun course?

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Old 06-04-2007, 17:05   #7
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Thanks guys! I don't have a permit in my home state, so I can't get the temp permit based on that.

My other option is to take the NRA course here in Michigan before I leave. My question is, will there be a problem getting it recognized? Which course should I take?

I've been shooting for 3 years or so, I think I'm pretty good with a pistol, at least an intermediate level of skill. Should I just take the most basic handgun course?

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Basic is all that is required. Don't worry, the laws and PDs here aren't bad on a whole except fot the occasional individual with an attitude.
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Old 06-09-2007, 11:14   #8
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My experience has been that CT patrol officers overall are 50/50 when it comes to supporting gun rights, but in lower Fairfield County and New Haven they seem to be more anti-gun than pro-gun.
I'm in lower Fairfield County, and I don't think I've come across a cop that isn't pro-gun.

Most of them are pretty nice, even had a nice talk with a State Trooper who was asking what I was carrying.
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Old 06-10-2007, 04:41   #9
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Most of them are pretty nice, even had a nice talk with a State Trooper who was asking what I was carrying.
That's good old harlem and his lead foot again!
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That's good old harlem and his lead foot again!
This was after I was rear-ended while completely stopped on 95.

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This was after I was rear-ended while completely stopped on 95.

Well there's your mistake...don't slow down on 95 for anything.
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I'm in lower Fairfield County and didn't run into any anti-gun attitudes when applying. Although, the police did character interviews with all my neighbors which caused some discontent. The funny thing was that none of my neighbors knew me or that I lived next to them.
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Old 06-11-2007, 11:35   #13
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Well there's your mistake...don't slow down on 95 for anything.
Everyone else was stopped, what was I supposed to do? Drive in the shoulder?
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Old 06-16-2007, 01:05   #14
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Everyone else was stopped, what was I supposed to do? Drive in the shoulder?
Absolutely!
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Thanks guys! I don't have a permit in my home state, so I can't get the temp permit based on that.

My other option is to take the NRA course here in Michigan before I leave. My question is, will there be a problem getting it recognized? Which course should I take?

I've been shooting for 3 years or so, I think I'm pretty good with a pistol, at least an intermediate level of skill. Should I just take the most basic handgun course?

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Hey NN,

I suggest you start reading the laws (CT state as well as federal) before you move. As far as getting your pistol to CT without a permit, read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firearm....22_Provision.

As for your permit class, there really is no "choice" involved. What I mean is that what you should be looking to sign up for is something with "NRA pistol permit class" in the title. It shouldn't matter where you take the class as long as it was taught by an NRA-certified instructor and you receive a certificate that has his or her NRA number on the bottom. Then when you move to CT, go to your local police and you can start the application process.

I just got my CT resident CCP on Monday, about three weeks after I applied for it. Let me know if you have any more questions.
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It is not a ccw or ccp permit. There is no requirement to conceal, no matter what you are told. It may be frowned upon, but it is not illegal. It is a permit to carry, that is all.

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I called it that out of habit (I also have a non-resident VA permit, which is a permit to conceal because the laws are different down there).

Hey harlenm, have you ever had problems with onlookers open-carrying where you live in CT (if you've tried)?
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Won't try it, not in the area where I live.
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Old 07-20-2007, 17:03   #19
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Here we go again!!!!! Hef, we are not anti-gun in CT. Getting a permit is straight forward and is not a hassle.
Not true. The officer in my town was VERY anti and even tried to talk me out of getting my pistol permit.
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Not true. The officer in my town was VERY anti and even tried to talk me out of getting my pistol permit.
Well, yea. You do have to get a local permit first, which means you have to go through the local PD. It is too bad you ran into that, but you did get it?

My PD did not even blink an eye. They helped with the paperwork and everything went easily and quickly.
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Hey harlenm, have you ever had problems with onlookers open-carrying where you live in CT (if you've tried)?
Whatever the "law" technically says, I've never seen anyone in CT (besides PD) open carry, except at ranges or gun stores.
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Everyone else was stopped, what was I supposed to do? Drive in the shoulder?
Sure, that's SOP around here.

As for the poster talking about open carry and getting into trouble, even though it isn't "technically" illegal...

I wonder if anyone's ever been busted for carrying concealed on the pistol permit. Never know around here as "technically" the permit doesn't designate open or concealed carry. The word "concealed" isn't even on the darned "Permit to carry Pistols and Revolvers".
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I don't want to be the test case for open carry in CT.

Hell, at work I have a few copies of Gun's and Ammo, and some of my customers who use the bathroom complain about the "inappropriate" material in the bathroom, referring to the GnA issues.

Forget about the fact that Maxim, Stuff, and FHM are right in with it.

You'd figure that 1/2 naked women would be more inappropriate then guns.
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I don't want to be the test case for open carry in CT.

Hell, at work I have a few copies of Gun's and Ammo, and some of my customers who use the bathroom complain about the "inappropriate" material in the bathroom, referring to the GnA issues.

Forget about the fact that Maxim, Stuff, and FHM are right in with it.

You'd figure that 1/2 naked women would be more inappropriate then guns.
Tell that to Jene. He's apparently convinced that CT police are a "lovey dovey" to civilian gun ownership and carrying. NOT in my neck of the woods, however.
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Floodster... getting a little testy are we..... what I am saying is that as far as my contacts go [seeing that I have 25+ years as an leo in CT, I have yet to run into an anti-gun officer. Not saying that they may be out there, but they are definately the minority. We even had a citizen come in to have a form 4 signed for a silencer, and our chief, after I told him what it was, had no problem with it.
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