Connecticut Firearm Bill of Sale | Form DPS-3-C

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Updated November 08, 2021

A Connecticut firearm bill of sale (Form DPS-3-C) is a legal document that a seller presents to a buyer during the sale of a firearm in the State of Connecticut. It proves that the transaction took place in a legal environment. The form can also be used as proof of a legal change of ownership.

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Privately Selling a Firearm

In accordance with CT Gen Stat § 29-33(c), a private seller is required to obtain an authorization number from the Connecticut Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, which performs the necessary background check on the potential purchaser.

Prohibited from Buying

A Pistol Permit or a Handgun Eligibility Certificate is required for anyone to buy a firearm in Connecticut. A person is prohibited from buying a firearm, pursuant to CT Gen Stat § 53a-217c, if that person:

  • has been convicted of a felony committed prior to, on or after October 1, 2013, or of a violation of section 21a-279, 53a-58, 53a-61, 53a-61a, 53a-62, 53a-63, 53a-96, 53a-175, 53a-176, 53a-178 or 53a-181d committed on or after October 1, 1994,
  • has been convicted as delinquent for the commission of a serious juvenile offense, as defined in section 46b-120,
  • has been discharged from custody within the preceding twenty years after having been found not guilty of a crime by reason of mental disease or defect pursuant to section 53a-13,
  • (A) has been confined prior to October 1, 2013, in a hospital for persons with psychiatric disabilities, as defined in section 17a-495, within the preceding twelve months by order of a probate court, or has been confined on or after October 1, 2013, in a hospital for persons with psychiatric disabilities, as defined in section 17a-495, within the preceding sixty months by order of a probate court, or, with respect to any person who holds a valid permit or certificate that was issued or renewed under the provisions of section 29-28 or 29-36f in effect prior to October 1, 2013, such person has been confined in such hospital within the preceding twelve months, or
    • (B) has been voluntarily admitted on or after October 1, 2013, to a hospital for persons with psychiatric disabilities, as defined in section 17a-495, within the preceding six months for care and treatment of a psychiatric disability and not solely for being an alcohol-dependent person or a drug-dependent person as those terms are defined in section 17a-680,
  • knows that such person is subject to
    • (A) a restraining or protective order of a court of this state that has been issued against such person, after notice has been provided to such person, in a case involving the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against another person, or
    • (B) a foreign order of protection, as defined in section 46b-15a, that has been issued against such person in a case involving the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against another person,
  • knows that such person is subject to a firearms seizure order issued pursuant to subsection (d) of section 29-38c after notice and an opportunity to be heard has been provided to such person,
  • is prohibited from shipping, transporting, possessing or receiving a firearm pursuant to 18 USC 922(g)(4), or
  • is an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States. For the purposes of this section, “convicted” means having a judgment of conviction entered by a court of competent jurisdiction.

Registering a Firearm

All assault-style firearms are required to be registered with the state, as explained by CT Gen Stat § 53-202d. Licensed firearm vendors have to maintain detailed records of all firearm sales, as required by CT Gen Stat § 29-31.

Concealed Carry

All Connecticut residents are required to obtain a Pistol Permit in order to carry a concealed firearm within the state.

How to Apply

The age requirement to carry a concealed firearm in Connecticut is twenty-one (21).

Step 1 – Complete a firearms safety training course approved per CT Gen Stat § 29-28.

Step 2 – Obtain, complete, and submit a State Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers from a Pistol Permit location.

Step 3 – Pay the $70 application fee.

Step 4 – Pass a background check.

Step 5 – The issuing authority will approve or deny the application within eight (8) weeks of receiving it.

Reciprocity

According to CT Gen Stat § 29-28(f), instead of recognizing the licenses of other states, Connecticut allows any nonresident of the state who has a concealed carry license issued by their state of residence to apply for their own Pistol Permit in Connecticut.