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After the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, Connecticut enacted a host of gun safety laws and now has some of the strongest laws in the country. 

In 2020, Connecticut had the sixth-lowest gun death rate among the states and the seventh-lowest rate of crime gun exports. To further strengthen its gun laws, Connecticut could increase funding to community violence intervention programs and strengthen relinquishment laws.

What Connecticut Does Well

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Certain domestic violence gun laws
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Certain open carry regulations
  • Child access prevention laws
  • Community violence intervention funding
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting
  • State database background checks
  • Partial ghost gun ban

What Connecticut Is Missing

  • Safe storage requirements
  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions
  • Handgun design safety standards
  • Microstamping requirements



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.