Application Rates for Pistol Permits in Town More Than Doubles

It's no surprise that folks in Clinton are following the nation's lead in getting their applications in before any laws are changed.


Last year, the Clinton Police Department processed 83 applications for pistol permits. That averaged to about 7 a month for 2012.

This past month, January of 2013, the department processed 16.  That's more than double seen on average for each month of the preceding year.

"There's definitely been an increase since December," said Chief of Police Todd Lawrie. "We are on track to see our highest year ever."

Not only have applications increased in the last month, they have increased in the last several years. In 2005, there were a total of 15 permits processed. In 2011, there were 53 processed.

Since the December 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there have been 21 applications for permits submitted to the CPD.

As the chief explained, one can apply for a temporary pistol permit through the police department in the town where you reside or work.

You fill out the application and include a certificate that you completed an approved course in handgun use and safety by a certified instructor, two fingerprint cards, copies of your license, and copy of naturalization papers, if applicable.

On the application, one must answer the following questions:

  1. Have you had a firearms permit or application for any jurisdiction in the U.S. denied, suspended or revoked?
  2. Have you been confined in a hospital for mental illness in the past 12 months by order of a Probate Court?
  3. Have you been discharged from custody within the past 20 years after having been found not guilty of a crime by reason of a mental eisease or defect?
  4. Have you ever been arrested for any crime in any jurisdiction?
  5. Have you ever been convicted under the laws of this state, federal law or the laws of another jurisdiction?
  6. Are you currently on probation, parole, work release, in an alcohol and/or drug treatment program or other pre-trial diversionary program? Are you released on person recognizance, a written promise to appear or a bail bond for a pending court case?
  7. Have you ever been the subject of a protective order or restraining order by a court in a case involving the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against another person, regardless of the outcome?
  8. Were you ever discharged from the Armed Forces of the U.S. with a less than honorable discharge?

A background investigation is done by the CPD among other checks. If a temporary permit is issued, you go before the State of CT Department of Public Safety for the issuance of a five year permit.

Chief Lawrie said it's no doubt that issuing temporary permits places a burden on the department due to the amount of work involved such as records queries, verifications of information, personal interviews, employer and neighborhood checks and other checks.

The chief said his department denies about five percent of all applications, usually because the applicant forgot to disclose a long-ago arrest or incident that is on their record.

The cost of the application process is $66.50 to the state plus $70 to the CPD. Plus there are costs associated with your certified training and other smaller costs for copies of documents.

Yankee in the south February 05, 2013 at 08:26 PM
wow the first comment from a out of towner. Why would such a thing be taking place that people would want to own a gun. Those 16 people should move out of Communist Connecticut.
MrsSmithWatchingWashington February 05, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Not true on the cost. It costs about $375 after a mandatory gun safety course and another piece of paperwork. And in Clinton, before the Newtown shooting, it took 169 days after turning in the paperwork to get the permit. You get interviewed by the Clinton Police and you have to drive to the State Police for another interview. Plus, when you buy a gun, it takes at least a few hours in the store for them to do the necessary state permit paperwork faxing. When we were going through this process in 2012, it took several phone calls to the Clinton Police to get any kind of status report, and the officer handling the gun permits was never available, so you have to be really patient.
MrsSmithWatchingWashington February 05, 2013 at 08:34 PM
And when you go to a doctor now, they ask if you have any guns in the house. I can only assume that if you do, you are considered more "at risk" and they can raise your ObamaTax rates? And the government now is pushing through lesgislation that reports your BMI, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, smoking and drinking habits, your weight and your waist size. Do we REALLY want the government interfering in our lives like this? I don't. I suggest that if your doctor asks you about owning guns, you either refuse to answer or answer "no" in any case.
Pete February 07, 2013 at 09:46 AM
My response to a doctor asking me if i have a gun in my house would be "do you". As far as the paperwork to buy a gun goes. I purchased a gun last year and i test shot the same model that i purchased. It took me just about an hour to pick a gun out, shoot it and leave the store with my gun and ammo in hand.
S. Smith March 04, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Pete, try that today... It's an all day ordeal to buy a gun now (if you can find one in stock)!


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