January 23, 2007
RECIPROCITY AGREEMENTS FOR GUN PERMITS
By: Veronica Rose, Principal Analyst
You asked if Connecticut has any agreement with other states that would allow (1) people from those states to carry handguns in Connecticut without a Connecticut permit and (2) Connecticut residents to carry guns in member states with a Connecticut permit.
Connecticut does not have any gun reciprocity agreements that would allow nonresidents to carry handguns in Connecticut under a permit issued by another state.
With certain minor exceptions (not pertinent here), anyone carrying a handgun in Connecticut must have a state gun permit. Also, people may transport unloaded handguns through Connecticut for lawful purposes without a Connecticut permit if they (1) are not otherwise prohibited from shipping, transporting, receiving, or possessing guns and (2) are transporting them from one state where they can legally possess and carry guns to another state where they can legally possess and carry them. They cannot use, carry, sell, deliver, or otherwise transfer the guns while in the state. Also, they must keep the guns (and any ammunition) in an area where they are not directly or readily accessible from the passenger compartment of a vehicle. If the vehicle does not have a compartment separate from the passenger compartment, they must lock the guns (and any ammunition) in a container other than the glove compartment or console (CGS § 29-38d).
The following states currently honor gun permits from all other states, including Connecticut, thereby allowing gun permit holders from another state to carry handguns in the state subject to the same standards that apply to resident permit holders: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Utah.
Texas has reciprocity agreements with several states, not including Connecticut. It has issued a unilateral proclamation honoring Connecticut permits (http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/administration/ crime_records/chl/reciprocity.htm).
Montana's attorney general has determined that under Montana law, the holder of a Connecticut gun permit may legally carry handguns under Montana law (http://www.doj.mt.gov/enforcement/
Vermont does not issue handgun permits. People from any state including Connecticut, may carry handguns in the state without a permit.