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Permit Issues, Suitability Study PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 15:49

Every month at CCDL meetings, we find that there are people having a difficult time getting their CT pistol permit.
The process should be rather simple:

Obtain training:  NRA or other “state approved” basic pistol safety training
Fill out state application:  complete and notarized document
Notify local issuing authority: PD or first selectman.

This is often where the difficulties comes in.

Many local issuing authorities are asking for additional information that is not required per the State of Connecticut to obtain your permit.  We've seen some local issuing authorities, go so far as to ask for skin color, handicap information, medical information, dental information, credit data, three letters of reference, etc.  All of this is NOT required per the State and is just a barrier for those that want to maintain a certain amount of privacy and still obtain a permit.

CCDL Member E. Jonathan Hardy, a certified NRA Pistol Instructor, has had enough with local issuing authorities and their requests for personal information that are not required per the state, and started a statewide study in order to end suitability requirements for the State of Connecticut. 

This is indeed a lofty goal, but the data we obtain from the study is useful (and has been so far) to many of our elected representatives that are "second amendment friendly".  We've also used this data to notify the CT Board of Firearms Permit Examiners of towns requiring more than the state requires.
This helps the board by making them aware of local issuing authority issues before their (BoFPE) calendar gets backed up to what used to be (almost two years to get an appeal hearing!).

All we are looking for is a copy of the paperwork that is being handed out to prospective pistol permit applicants from all 169 towns in CT.
We are then taking this data and using it to demonstrate the many variances throughout the state as far as what is being asked for.

Please, go to www.ctpistolpermitissues.com and see for yourself .
There is a "town by town" page where you can look and see if we have your towns required paperwork.
If we do not, please obtain a copy from your local issuing authority and email it or mail it to us via regular postal mail.

Information is kept confidential and we are very grateful for any submissions we receive.

FYI:  The town by town page will be updated by May 27th.  Check back then to see if we have your towns information.

Thanx,

Jonathan

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 16:44
 
Permits to Carry Time Mandates PDF Print E-mail
Written by Secretary   
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 19:05

At this time there are a number of cities and towns that are telling applicants for Connecticut Permits to Carry Pistols and Revolvers that the process is taking longer than 8 weeks. Some local issuing authorities are going so far as to say applications for these permits are only available during certain hours. It is important to be aware of the time frames mandated by law and to hold local issuing authorities accountable to this law.

This document describes the time periods mandated by law and provides suggestions for monitoring your application's status and protecting your rights to appeal to the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners.

Attachments:
FileDescriptionFile size
Download this file (Permit_to_Carry_Time_Mandates.pdf)Permit_to_Carry_Time_Mandates.pdf 108 Kb
 
Forms to Appeal Delay of Permit Application Decision PDF Print E-mail
Written by Secretary   
Saturday, 06 February 2010 20:46
Connecticut General Statute §29-28a defines the application process for a Permit to Carry Pistols or Revolvers. In this statute, it is expressly defined that the local issuing authority must notify the applicant "not later than eight weeks after a sufficient application" has been made. However, it has been reported that a number of towns are taking longer than 8 weeks.
Anyone who has not heard from the local issuing authority about the status of their application within 8 weeks of submitting the application should immediately begin finding out why a decision has not been made. Read through this post by Ed Peruta (http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum14/33140.html). The post gives a list of questions that should be asked of the local issuing authority. It is recommended that you call whoever is in charge of the permitting process and discuss the permit delay.
Additionally, an appeal should be immediately filed with the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners. At the bottom of this post are two forms. One form is an appeal for anyone who has been discharged from the military, while the other should be used by everyone else.
The proper form should be filled out and mailed to the address printed at the top of the appeal letter. A second copy of the form should also be mailed to the local issuing authority with a note stating that the appeal process has begun on the application delay.
Filing an appeal creates a paper trail that there was a delay and steps have been taken to correct it. The worst case scenario that can happen is the denial of the application. If this happens an appeal hearing will already have been scheduled. Scheduling an appeal as soon as possible is essential because appeals hearings are currently being scheduled in 2011.
If after mailing out the appeal form the application for a permit is approved, the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners should be notified as soon as possible to withdraw the appeal.

Connecticut General Statute §29-28a defines the application process for a Permit to Carry Pistols or Revolvers. In this statute, it is expressly defined that the local issuing authority must notify the applicant "not later than eight weeks after a sufficient application" has been made. However, it has been reported that a number of towns are taking longer than 8 weeks.

Anyone who has not heard from the local issuing authority about the status of their application within 8 weeks of submitting the application should immediately begin finding out why a decision has not been made. Read through this post by Ed Peruta (http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum14/33140.html). The post gives a list of questions that should be asked of the local issuing authority. It is recommended that you call whoever is in charge of the permitting process and discuss the permit delay.

Additionally, an appeal should be immediately filed with the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners. At the bottom of this post are two forms. One form is an appeal for anyone who has been discharged from the military, while the other should be used by everyone else.

The proper form should be filled out and mailed to the address printed at the top of the appeal letter. A second copy of the form should also be mailed to the local issuing authority with a note stating that the appeal process has begun on the application delay.

Filing an appeal creates a paper trail that there was a delay and steps have been taken to correct it. The worst case scenario that can happen is the denial of the application. If this happens an appeal hearing will already have been scheduled. Scheduling an appeal as soon as possible is essential because appeals hearings are currently being scheduled in 2011.

If after mailing out the appeal form the application for a permit is approved, the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners should be notified as soon as possible to withdraw the appeal.

 

Attachments:
FileDescriptionFile size
Download this file (Delay_Appeal_to_BFPE-military.pdf)Delay_Appeal_to_BFPE-military.pdf 56 Kb
Download this file (Delay_Appeal_to_BFPE-nonmilitary.pdf)Delay_Appeal_to_BFPE-nonmilitary.pdf 55 Kb
 
VICTORY FOR CONNECTICUT GUN PERMITS! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vice President   
Saturday, 23 January 2010 10:45

The CCDL, Inc. has taken action to help Connecticut citizens applying for gun permits!
Many issuing authorities in Connecticut have for years taken it upon themselves to ask for "EXTRA" information from applicants applying for their permit to carry pistols and revolvers. These intrusive bits of extra information include things such as 3 letters of recommendation that may need to be notarized, signed forms allowing the issuing authority to do financial credit checks, and some even request applicants to sign waivers so authorities can check your medical/mental health history records. This extra information has never been required by any state statute. Members of the CCDL have asked that the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners (BFPE) make a Declaratory Ruling on whether all of this extra information is needed when applying for a permit.

Many people applying for their permit are not aware of what is deemed necessary by the State of Connecticut. Some have supplied the extra information to get their permit; others have considered it an invasion of their privacy and decided against applying for their permit on principle, thus compromising their Second Amendment rights!

The official ruling from BFPE is that anything not specifically called out in the CT state statues is NOT necessary when applying for a permit. They will be sending a copy of their ruling to each and every issuing authority in Connecticut.

CCDL Members and Member Trainers, please pass along this information to everyone. The people of this State, that are interested in getting their permits, need to know that they CANNOT be found unsuitable by any issuing authority, just because they did not supply  the extra information at the time they apply for their carry permit.

The BFPE is a group made up of volunteers! The CCDL would like to thank them for the very long hours of service that they put in helping gun owners in this great State of ours!

(playing time about 40 minutes)

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For further information, see here: http://www.ct.gov/bfpe/cwp/view.asp?a=3878&Q=454666

Last Updated on Friday, 09 July 2010 14:22
 
CCDL Requests to BFPE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 24 October 2009 18:20

Two founding members sent letters to the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners requesting a declaratory ruling on two issues that are at the forefront of people applying for Permits to Carry Pistols or Revolvers in Connecticut.

Candidate for Vice President Lenny Benedetto asked for a ruling on the following question:
At the time of the submission of an application for a Temporary State Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers or Eligibility Certificate, must an applicant initially submit additional information or documents beyond what has been deemed sufficient, and mandated in the standard state application form more commonly referred to as DPS Form 799-C?

The board has piggy backed this on a question submitted by Jack Goldberg and has agreed to make a ruling.

President Scott Wilson asked for a ruling on the following question:
May a permit be denied or not accepted by an issuing authority if an application for a Temporary State Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers or Eligibility Certificate, fails to contain the currently stated $50.00 to cover the issuing authorities submission of a State Criminal History background check on an applicant?

The board has denied a ruling on this question. This denial opens the door to legal challenges!

The CCDL wants to thank one of our members Ed Peruta. Ed keeps his eyes on the carry permit process in the Connecticut, thus bringing issues with it to the attention of the CCDL, so that we can take action to help correct any inconsistencies in the process that arise from some towns and cities not following the state statutes.

Here is the audio from the BFPE discussion on the requests (playing time about 18 minutes):

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Last Updated on Friday, 09 July 2010 14:31