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If the Board decides against me on an appeal, do I have a right to appeal to the court?
Yes. See Connecticut General Statute 4-183.
Who Appoints members to the Board?
The Governor. The law states that the seven members of the Board shall be appointed by the Governor, two public members and one each from the nominees of each of the following: The Commissioner of Public Safety, the Connecticut State Association of Chiefs of Police, The Commissioner of Environmental Protection, The Connecticut State Rifle and Revolver Association, Inc. and Ye Connecticut Gun Guild, Inc. The first three of these organizations have law enforcement responsibilities. The fourth is a sportsmen’s’ group. The fifth is a gun collectors’ group. At least one of the persons appointed to the Board must be an attorney authorized to practice law in Connecticut.
Are the Board’s meetings open to the public?
Yes. The board operates as a public agency is subject to the provisions of Connecticut’s Freedom of Information laws.
The board also maintains a website on the internet where a great deal of information, (including audio files of hearings held by the board), which can be reviewed by individuals who find it necessary to file an appeal.
If the Board decides against me (or a Court appeal is decided against me) am I forever barred from having a permit to carry pistols and revolvers?
You may be. Much depends on the circumstances of the individual case. A person once found not suitable might meet the criteria for suitability at some future time. Normally, the Board will not reconsider a case based upon the same facts until at least one year after its original decision.
What should I do if a permit to carry pistols and revolvers is delayed, denied or revoked for reasons, which I consider to be unjustified?
Within 90 days of the delay, denial or revocation, submit a written letter and the board's questionnaire to the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners, State Office Building, 505 Hudson Street, 5th floor, Hartford, Connecticut 06106, requesting that an appeal be initiated and scheduled for a hearing.
Include your name, address, phone number and date of birth and whether or not you are represented by legal counsel. You are best off using a form letter that matches your circumstances from either the BFPE or from our site.
Be sure to do so within the 90-day period specified in Section 29-32b (b) of the General Statutes; otherwise the Board can not consider your appeal.
If necessary, The Board Secretary will send to you and the issuing authority that you allege has delayed, denied or revoked, requests for information in the form of a questionnaire (if you did not submit the questionnaire with your appeal letter) that the Board Secretary will review in order to obtain facts and information sufficient to schedule a fair and impartial hearing. You will be notified to appear at a hearing, if a hearing is required.
Timely submission of ALL facts requested in the questionnaire will assist in scheduling a timely hearing and prevent your case from being dismissed for or placed on a dormancy list.
See the Board of Firearms Permit Examiner's How do I Appeal for more detailed information including the following sample documents/forms that may be used when one appeals.
Board of Firearms Permit Examiners - Sample Appeal Letter
Board of Firearms Permit Examiners - Form to appeal due to the delay
Board of Firearms Permit Examiners - Letter to local Issuing Authority regarding delay of criminal records
Board of Firearms Permit Examiners - Appellant Questionnaire
Connecticut Carry - Permit Delay Form Letters
Are regulations of the Board available to the public?
Yes, they are included in the publication Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies and may be found on the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners website.
If I apply for an eligibility certificate and am turned down can I appeal that denial to the Board?
Yes. The appeals process regarding Eligibility Certificates is the same as for Permits to Carry.
Is an issuing authority required to provide me with the documentation which was used to determine my suitability or lack thereof to obtain an Eligibility Certificate or Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers?
The issuing authority should and may be required by law, to provide any applicant who has been denied or revoked with a complete statement of the facts together with any documents used which led to the denial decision at least 10 days prior to the hearing, but may be required to provide the information earlier in the appeal process under provisions of the Connecticut Freedom of Information laws.
In any appeal, the appellant is entitled to have copies of all records which may be presented at a hearing in order to prepare for same and not be surprised at a hearing.
The Secretary of the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners is authorized by regulation to make inquiries and request records at any time after the appeal is filed in order to assure a fair hearing, and may in fact possess information and documents which led to any negative decisions regarding Eligibility Certificates or Permits to Carry. Regulations of the Board Section Connecticut General Statute Sec. 29-07.
What is the procedure for filing an appeal with the Board?
You must write a letter of appeal to the Board within 90 days of the date your permit application was denied or permit revoked. The Board will need the date you received notice of the denial or revocation. Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, date of birth, and your signature.
In any appeals regarding unlawful delays, you will need to state or submit evidence which documents the specific facts of the delay.
To assist the board in scheduling your appeal, you should provide the board with as much detail as possible regarding your delay, denial or revocation as possible including any documents which evidence facts of your appeal.
What is the purpose of the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners?
The Board of Firearms Permit Examiners serves as the appeal panel where individuals may address delays, denials and revocations of state issued Eligibility Certificates and Permits to Carry Pistols and Revolvers.
The board accepts at a scheduled hearing, sworn testimony and evidence from both sides to determine two aspects needed to arrive at a fair resolution of the appeal.
The first is whether or not there are any state or federal disqualifiers in the appellant’s background, and the second being whether or not the issuing authority has reason to believe that the appellant is an unsuitable person to receive the Eligibility Certificate or Permit to carry which was applied for.
Do I need to retain an attorney or have an attorney represent me before the Board?
No. Appellants are NOT required to retain an attorney and are entitled if they so choose to represent themselves before the board.
What does the Board charge for an appeal?
No fee is charged by the Board. Each member of the Board serves without pay. The Board’s office and clerical expenses are borne by the State.
Is each member of the Board a public official?
Yes. Each member of the Board has accepted a public office. A public office is a trust created by law for a public purpose, and, in the case of each Board member, carries with it an obligation to ensure that he and the Board act in a fair and impartial manner in the conduct of hearings, in rendering decisions, and transacting Board business.
Must any nominee be a member of the group making the nominations?