Starting on April 1, Connecticut gun owners may no longer transfer or sell long guns without either a permit to carry handguns, an eligibility certificate for handguns, or a long gun eligibility certificate. According to the Connecticut State Police, these documents will also allow the purchase of ammunition. However, customers looking to purchase only ammunition will be required to obtain an ammunition certificate. In Connecticut, a long gun is defined as a firearm other than a pistol or revolver, such as a rifle or shotgun.
These restrictions are part of a gun-control law passed by Governor Dannel Malloy last April. In addition to changing the application process for purchasing long guns and ammunition, the law also banned a number of “assault weapons” and “large capacity” magazines. The law also affected mental health insurance coverage and security in schools. Many parts of the new law already went into effect last July, including the revamped application process. In January, Connecticut gun owners were required to register any weapons or magazines now forbidden under state law, a controversial measure that drew criticism from pro-Second Amendment groups. In addition to other organizations, the NRA is supporting a rally at the state Capitol on April 5 to protest the new law.
“Please bring your family and friends to stand and fight with the NRA and respectfully voice your opposition to the new aggressive and sweeping gun laws that are severely inhibiting your right to keep and bear arms and your inherent right to self-defense in the Constitution State,” read a statement on the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action website.
Also beginning Tuesday, hunting licenses will no longer be accepted for the purchase of a long gun and the 14-day wait for non-permitted persons will be discontinued.