The Board Secretary requires you to mail or fax a letter, with a “documentation of necessity”, or proof why it necessary to delay a hearing. For example: a doctors note or a travel itinerary.
You will need to mail or fax, the reason why, including proof or a "documentation of necessity". The Board Secretary will decide if your case will be rescheduled or if you need to continue with the current date.
Request for an expedited hearing:
If your permit was revoked and it directly affects or deprives you of your job, where you are presently employed, please contact the Board immediately. Be ready to provide the Board with documentation,“documentation of necessity”, that shows proof of your present employment. The Board Secretary will decide if your case can be expedited or you need to continue with the current date.
Additional Documents or exhibits:
The only documents required are the initial appeal letter and appellant questionnaire. For those persons who have been admitted to a hospital/emergency room under a risk warrant, you are also required to submit a copy of the hospital discharge instructions.
In addition to the documents required, you may also want to submit copies of documents such as DD-214 military honorable discharge certificate, a favorable job evaluation or thank you letters from people or organizations you may have volunteered assistance, to be included a part of your file. However, reference letters must be addressed “To the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners” and specifically speak to the appellants denial or the revocation of a pistol permit. Letters addressed to “To Whom It May Concern” will not be accepted by the Board. You must notify the Board if you have a change of address or phone number.
At the Hearing:
You will appear before a civilian review board. The Board consists of 9 members. A member from the following organizations is appointed by the Governor; Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection, Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, Ye Connecticut Gun Guild and the Connecticut Rifle and Revolvers Assoc., Inc. and 2 public members. The Chief Court Administrator appoints the ninth member of the Board. The Chairman needs to be an attorney.
The Board is not part of law enforcement. The Board is a civilian review board and will require the same information from the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (State Police), or the local police chief, as it does from you, the appellant.
You are the “Appellant" and also appearing is the “Issuing Authority”. The Issuing Authority is a representative from the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection or the local Chief of Police/First Selectman from your town.
You may represent yourself or hire an attorney to represent you at the hearing. If you decide to hire an attorney, please have them write a ”letter of representation” to the Board stating this.
Once you are at the hearing, the Chairman will instruct you on how the hearing is to proceed. You will be sworn in and the hearing will be recorded. You should ask questions if you don’t understand the process.
You and the police will be given time for an opening statement (two or three sentences on why you are there). Each side will be given a turn to testify. When it’s your turn, you will state the reason why the Board should issue or reinstate your pistol permit. You are allowed to bring witnesses, court documents or other relevant documents to the hearing to help your case. You will be given time for closing remarks.
If you stick to the facts, speak loud and clearly it's helpful to the Board members.
At the end of your hearing the Board members will deliberate and vote. You will get a letter within 20 days of the Board’s decision.
If your permit was revoked and the Board members vote in your favor, you will need to contact the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit, 860-685-8285 to be reinstated your pistol permit.
If you had been denied a permit and the Board Members vote in your favor, you will need to contact your local police department or First Selectman's office.