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.
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.
Additional Documents or exhibits:
Statements, letters and references submitted should be addressed to the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners, dated within 30 days of the hearing and specifically address the appellant’s application for a pistol permit.
At the Hearing:
You will appear before a civilian review board. The Board consists of 7 members. There are two public members, two members recommended by firearm organizations and one member each recommended by the Department of Public Safety, the Dept. of Environmental Protection and the Police Chiefs Association. 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 Public Safety (State Police), 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 Public Safety or your 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 the Appellant and the State 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. You may stay to hear the deliberations and find out if you have been granted or refused your pistol permit.
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.
You can also reapply for a new permit or seek a pardon for an arrest that will disqualify you from obtaining a permit. Board of Pardons and Parole: 1-203-805-6643.