despp: Connecticut Firearms Dealers
Special Licensing and Firearms

Connecticut Firearms Dealers

If you are looking to obtain a Federal Firearms License please contact the Bureau of Alcohol,Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) @ 860-240-3400 

Connecticut General Statute:  53-202a 

Newly defined Assault Weapons:

Any newly defined assault weapon that was lawfully purchased on or before April 4, 2013, but was not transferred by that date, may be transferred pursuant to such lawful purchase and a sales authorization number may be obtained for such transfer.  Sellers are required to verify that a lawful purchase occurred on or before April 4, 2013 prior to transferring such firearm.  

Proof of lawful possession will also be required by DESPP from the owner of the firearm with the Application for Certificate of Possession of Assault Weapon.  Forms are currently being developed for this purpose.

Most common questions and answers pertaining to the Act. 

If you are taking a registered assault weapon please mail in the DPS-3-C, Assault Weapon Transfer form, DPS-415-C and a copy of the orginal assault weapon certificate. 
Please submit proof that you purchased the weapon on or prior to April 4, 2013.  A valid sale receipt and or a DPS-3-C form or sworn affidavit are acceptable forms of proof.  Have affidavit notarized prior to submission.
Deadline for declaring large capacity magazines must be prior to January 1, 2014  Have affidavit notarized prior to submission.
Effective January 1, 2014; Federlly Licensed Firearms Dealers must submit this form for any
LCM(s) taken into inventory from a private individual.

You must appear in person to have your photograph taken for your initial application.

Temporary State Permit to Carry Pistols or Revolvers must be made to the local authority in Connecticut where the applicant has a bona fide residence.
  • Eligibility Certificate
  • Non-resident Permit to Carry pistols or revolvers
Applicants must contact the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit for the complete packet for the above mentioned certificates and permit at (860)685-8290 Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30 pm.


General Information:

The SLFU is your “Point of Contact” with the FBI and all attempts to obtain a gun sale authorization number must be made through our office. Once a request is received a National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) is conducted and a transaction number is automatically assigned. The SLFU utilizes a Dealer Identification Number that correspond with the last five digits of the FFL number plus a Personal Identification Number (P.I.N.) picked by the dealer. These distinct numbers aid SLFU employees with the authorization process and eventually will allow the dealer to access a totally automated system.

Toll-free authorization line: 1-888-335-8438, or local:
(860) 685-8400        IVR - 1-877-410-8717

Authorization line hours:
  • Monday through Friday 8 A.M. - 7 P.M.
  • Saturday 9 AM. – 5 PM.
  • Sunday authorizations available through IVR, and by telephone from 10 A.M. - 3 P.M.
  • Required paperwork may be obtained through the SLFU. This would include Departmental forms: DPS-3-C, DPS-67-C .

Retail Sale Certificate
In October 1999, the Connecticut Legislature passed a law that requires any retail store which sells firearms as a secondary or other than principal business focus to provide minimum training to it’s employees. The training and certification requirements are outlined in CGS 29-37f.

Sec. 29-37f. Qualifications of retail store employees who sell firearms. No person, firm or corporation that engages in the retail sale of goods, where the principal part of such trade or business is the retail sale of goods other than firearms, shall employ a person to sell firearms in a retail store unless such person (1) is at least eighteen years of age, (2) has submitted to state and national criminal history records checks and such checks indicate that such person has not been convicted of a felony or a violation specified in subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of section 29-36f of the general statutes, and (3) has successfully completed a course or testing approved by the Commissioner of Public Safety in firearms safety and statutory procedures relating to the sale of firearms. The sale of firearms by such person, firm or corporation shall be accomplished only by an employee qualified pursuant to this section. Any employer who employs a person to sell firearms in violation of the provisions of this section shall be liable for a civil penalty of not more than ten thousand dollars per day for each violation. The Attorney General shall institute a civil action to recover such penalty.

SLFU has developed a test to be administered to the employees of retail stores. The employer is responsible for developing a training curriculum or otherwise securing training for its employees from private instructors. Once the employees are adequately trained the employer may contact SLFU to arrange testing. A criminal history record check will be run on each employee taking the test. A certificate will be issued to those employees that pass the test. There is no fee for the test administration or criminal history record check.

Other Initiatives:

The SLFU has designed a new Firearms Management System, which has significantly reduced the time it takes to complete the background checks necessary for obtaining authorization numbers.  Also, presently being used is the Interactive Voice Response (IVR), an automated system utilizing telephone keypad entry to apply or verify authorization numbers for those possessing a pistol permit. The benefit is twenty-four hour access, since the presence of department personnel will not be required.

We are actively pursuing development of a new internet system, which will include “on-line” access, and will permit interested dealers to download department forms and enter transactions directly into our database. These abilities will be available through the use of personal computers and a software security package that will be available to interested dealers. We further suspect these enhancements may reduce dealer costs associated with running their business.

To obtain information on the above IVR program, contact the SLFU at (860) 685-8290. The toll free telephone number, for IVR access is: 1 (877) 410-8717. Only transactions involving state pistol permit and eligibility certificate holders may be processed utilizing the IVR or the dealer interface software. 

SLFU will also continue to offer informational seminars on a periodic basis to gun dealers and other interested persons concerning changes in firearm laws and firearm sales and processing procedures. These seminars will be offered in conjunction with ATF.

Legislative Updates Pertaining to FFL's

Effective October 1, 2012, FFL Dealers are no longer required to maintain the State of Connecticut log book of sales.  Persuant to the Public Act, the vendor of any pistol or revolver shall make the federal A & D log book "record available for inspection upon the request of any sworn member of an organized local police department or the Division of State Police within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection or any investigator assigned to the state-wide firearms trafficking task force established under section 29-38e."

Public Act 12 -191 - An Act Concerning the Recording of Pistol and Revolver Sales in a Bound Book

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