Established - 1967
Statutory authority - CGS Section 29-32b
Office address - 505 Hudson Street, 5th floor,
Hartford, CT 06106
Number of employees - 2 (1 full-time and 1 part-time)
Recurring operating expenses - $84,280
Organizational structure - Chairman and Six Board Members appointed by Governor.
The Board of Firearms Permit Examiners mission is to provide a means of appeal, through administrative hearings, for those have been denied a pistol permit or had their permit revoked. The Board provides a uniform interpretation and application of firearm laws.
The statutory responsibility of the Board is to administer and enforce the provisions of Section 29-32b, Connecticut General Statutes. Under that section, the Board has the responsibility of making inquires and investigations, taking testimony and rendering decisions, in connection with appeals brought to the Board, by persons aggrieved by the action or inaction of the issuing authority, in matters pertaining to Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 29-28 or 29-28a, pistol permits; Sec. 29-36f or 29-36g eligibility certificates.
July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008, the Board received 338 new requests to appeal. The office staff reviewed and prepared 222 cases for the “Roster Ready to Appeal”, which included 85 denials and 137 revocations of pistol permits. The Board members held 11 meetings and heard 93 cases.
The Board has formed a new subcommittee to research regulations, policy and solutions to the Board's two-year backlog, including increasing the number of meetings and number of cases heard. The Board’s website notices the public and encourages participation in the subcommittee’s process. Forms used in the process of appeal are available to be downloaded from the website. The Board’s Secretary published a guidance memo with information about the Board’s scheduling of hearings, deadline requirements, dormancy calendar, and requests for continuances.
The Board operates, and will continue to operate in conformance with Sec. 46a to 46a-78, inclusive of the General Statutes of Connecticut.
Seven Board members appointed by the Governor are: Arthur C. Carr, Attorney Joseph T. Corradino, Chief T. William Knapp, (Ret.), Peter Kuck, Colonel Eric C. Nelson and Kenneth Tramadeo.