I observed a Board of Firearms Permit Examiners meeting/hearings – interesting!


As an instructor, I wanted to observe the process at least once so I can have a better idea of what to tell potential permit holders what to expect if it should go this far, and how to prepare.

I was also rather curious as to the process in my 2A advocacy projects here in the state as well.

A couple of the board members seemed rather balanced and I was kinda surprised.

Some of the hearings……. OMG…… some people really should not have a firearm!!!  I don’t know how often this is, but….

Case No. 10-75-R, Efrosinie Mathews, represented by Atty. John O’Brien vs. Commissioner James M. Thomas, Dept. of Public Safety  – http://www.ct.gov/bfpe/lib/bfpe/Mathews.MP3

This case is interesting to listen to with regards to the attorney and what he wants to present and object and how he is continually denied.  Also think the prescriptions vs actual consumption part is interesting.


Case No. 10-113-R, David Liptak vs. Commissioner James M. Thomas, Dept. of Public Safety  – http://www.ct.gov/bfpe/lib/bfpe/Liptak.MP3

Can’t say I would want this guy living next to me though.  This case, is really HILARIOUS to listen to…. really….. listen to the reason why he discharges his firearm!!!  I can’t make this up.


Case No. 10-167-D, Pete Schoppenhauer, Jr. vs. Chief Neil O’Leary, Wolcott Police Department  – http://www.ct.gov/bfpe/lib/bfpe/Schoppenhauer.MP3

Interesting, considering his denial reason:  unidentified person on his property….. Wolcott could’ve taken the reasoning for this into consideration, but…. chose local issuing authority denial up front.


Case No. 10-124-D, Jody Simpson vs.  Chief Michael Maniago, Torrington Police Department – http://www.ct.gov/bfpe/lib/bfpe/Simpson.MP3

This case is interesting because the appellant did have a criminal history – BUT WAS CLEAN FOR ALMOST A QUARTER CENTURY!!!!  The town could have just said that the guys past was a LONG time ago and has indeed straightened out his life – but no…….  The board was unanimous on this one.

So far, I walk away with more reason why this state should indeed be a shall issue state (not that I needed much nudging on this one).  Even is we are a shall issue state, wouldn’t we still need to have hearings for people to recover their permit when it is revoked?  Who would handle the hearings?

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