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.