Connecticut To Require License To Purchase Ammunition

April 1st, 2013

Not an April Fool’s joke.

 The bill establishes a new revocable state issued “ammunition eligibility certificate”, which willrequire the applicant to pass a national criminal background check. The bill requires, as of October 1, 2013, thatany sale of ammunition or an ammunition magazine to a Connecticut resident be accompanied by the presentation of either a permit to carry a pistol or revolver, an eligibility certificate for a pistol or revolver, a longgun eligibility certificate, a firearms dealer permit, or a combination of an ammunition eligibility certificate and astate issued photo ID. Therefore , as of October 1, 2013 there will be no legal sales of ammunition or magazines to any Connecticut resident who has not passed a national criminal background check, and is in good standing with regard to such check (i.e. their state issued certificate has not been revoked).

Also, all magazines with more than ten rounds are unusable.

Possession of such magazines must be declared to DESPP by January 1, 2014. After January 1, 2014,any LCM that has not been the subject of such a declaration cannot be legally possessed under anycircumstances (even if it had been possessed before the effective date).

  • Even with regard to such legally declared LCMs, upon passage the bill will immediately impose thefollowing stringent limitations on their use:
  •  Except for in an individual’s home or on the premises of a shooting range, an LCM can never beloaded with more than 10 bullets.
  • Even if an individual has a permit to carry a pistol or revolver, they can never carry, other than ata shooting range, a pistol that has an LCM loaded with more than 10 bullets.
  • If an individual with a carry permit has a pistol that they purchased prior to the effective date thataccepts an LCM, they can carry the LCM in that pistol, but only loaded with 10 bullets.Moreover, under no circumstances can the LCM in such pistol extend below the pistol grip.
  •  If an individual has a pistol purchased after the effective date, an LCM can never be carried withthat pistol other than at a shooting range. Instead, the individual must use only a magazine that takes 10 or fewer bullets in any pistol purchased from the effective date forward