Police pushing to get rid of the state Board of Firearms Permit Examiners say it too often overturns their careful decisions on whether someone should be allowed to have a pistol permit and carry a gun.
When considering appeals, the board has overturned permit denials and revocations in slightly more than half the cases in the past two years.
In 2012, the board overturned the police or first selectman’s decisions 76 times, but upheld them in 70 cases, meeting minutes show. In 2011, the pattern was similar, with the board overturning 86 issuing authority decisions, and upholding 80.
Milford police Chief Keith Mello called these numbers “disturbing.”
“Law enforcement agencies are putting in effort to determine someone’s suitability,” Mello said. “When we deny someone, it is because we have determined them to be unsuitable, so it is disturbing when the board overturns those.”
Read the rest of Michelle Tuccitto Sullo’s report at New Haven Register