CT: GOA wins a carry permit battle!

GOA’s Erich Pratt (right) recently appeared with Carl Higbie on Newsmax to discuss Second Amendment issues.

Good news in Connecticut!  Last month, GOA had a small legal victory in the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut.

For some time, the Chief of Police in the Town of Greenwich was demanding that applicants for a state pistol permit submit two letters of recommendation in order to apply. However, Connecticut state law does not allow each local jurisdiction to add its own additional requirements to the permitting process, beyond what the statute requires.

In fact, there are already TWO legal decisions (one from a state court and one from the state permitting appeals board) that clearly state that letters of recommendation are not allowed.

So GOA sent two letters to the Greenwich Chief of police and the town attorney, asking them to remove the Chief’s illegal demand for letters of recommendation.  

When the Town did and the Chief did not remove the requirement, GOA began preparing to file a lawsuit.

However, shortly before we filed suit, GOA reached out to NewsMax host and GOA supporter Carl Higbie, who lives in the area. Jumping into action, Carl immediately contacted town officials and sent them GOA’s letter, demanding they take action.  Within days, the requirement for letters of recommendation disappeared from the application!

This means that residents of the Town of Greenwich will no longer be subjected to the illegal demand for letters of recommendation, in order to obtain a pistol permit.

This victory in the Town of Greenwich follows up on a GOA victory we reported last year.  In that case, the State Police were refusing to schedule appointments to obtain state concealed carry permits.

As you know, when you apply to get a permit in Connecticut, you must first obtain a 60-day temporary local permit to carry. During those 60 days, you must schedule an appointment to obtain a permanent state license, and you are prohibited from obtaining a second temporary permit for a full year. Well, in many cases the State Police were not allowing people to make an appointment during those 60 days.

However, after GOA sent a letter to the Commissioner of the State Police, threatening legal action, the State Police quickly reversed course, and immediately added more appointments so that applicants were able to obtain their state permits in time.

The recent victory in Greenwich is another example that GOA will never back down when fighting for your rights. If any of these illegal requirements or delays are happening in your town in Connecticut, please let us know by filling out a contact form here.