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  1. Cool 4 months in.....

    Hey everyone, figured I would put my stats as the currently stand so people can use the info to guage where they are at in the process. I turned my application in May 15, 2009 and had an apointment at the local Police Department (Cheektowaga) for my finger prints and light questioning the following week. As of 9 11, 2009 none of my references have been contacted and I have not recieved anything reguarding my reference. A buddy of mine who submitted his in Jan '09 got a letter in 4 '09 stating he needed to provide another reference and resubmit. So I am taking the lack of personal contact as a good sign, while the lack of reference contact to be frustrating. Like the rest of you I am eager to get my permit and have already purchased my first gun which is a Glock 27. I'll keep you updated as I make my way through the process. If possible could the people posting put local Police Department so the rest of us in that area have a rough idea of a timeline for getting the permit. Thanks and good luck to everyone.

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  3. Character ref in New York

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. B View Post
    Hey everyone, figured I would put my stats as the currently stand so people can use the info to guage where they are at in the process. I turned my application in May 15, 2009 and had an apointment at the local Police Department (Cheektowaga) for my finger prints and light questioning the following week. As of 9 11, 2009 none of my references have been contacted and I have not recieved anything reguarding my reference. A buddy of mine who submitted his in Jan '09 got a letter in 4 '09 stating he needed to provide another reference and resubmit. So I am taking the lack of personal contact as a good sign, while the lack of reference contact to be frustrating. Like the rest of you I am eager to get my permit and have already purchased my first gun which is a Glock 27. I'll keep you updated as I make my way through the process. If possible could the people posting put local Police Department so the rest of us in that area have a rough idea of a timeline for getting the permit. Thanks and good luck to everyone.
    You should aways try to get a good character reference because that can help expedite.A bad character ref puts a hold on your application and puts you on the bottom.Remember that all the town PD's are contacted in the county you reside in and have data on every applicants history.If anything comes up negative and you didn't mention the incident, that you well be denied a licence.The Undersheriff conducts the backround and checks every character ref and if one of those refs are bad he denies the application and requests that another character ref is used.As in my case I moved from another county in the state and was a police officer and still needed to go through the process having been contacted by the Undersherff, he interviewed me asking if I was ever in any civil/departmental charges taken against me.He contacted my dept and got a clean record back and approved my license and had an interview with the judge in which he gave a no restriction license.The license took 6 months so it takes time.Good Luck.

  4. #43
    Hey Guys, NewTo Forum but, as to Erie County permits it helps if you can talk to will fowler he is generally a good guy and, if you request a meeting with him and talk to him he can speed up the process for you the regular clerks in the office could care less about you or, your permit but, will does I appiled in Nov 2008 and, around Feb 2008 I was down town so i deceided to stop in the permit office to check on my status clerk told me they were waiting for info from my police department I already knew the department dropped info off 2 weeks before i went there so I asked why she would tell me that when I knew info was already there. she looked at me like a deer in the headlights I then asked nicely if i could speak to the gentlemen in charge at which point Mr. Fowler came out and ask me to come in his office, he said he was sorry for the confusion and said let me see what i could findout about 3 minutes later he came back in with all my paperwork and said to me that the clerk should not have mis informed me and that he was sorry he promised me he would take permit application upstairs himself and I said thank you but what a great guy received my approval letter in first week of march and i went to office to activate my permit and instead of waiting the 2 weeks it takes to mail permit mr. fowler made sure it was issued to me on the spot total time it took 3 months Mr Fowler will sit and talk if you ask for him just be polite and honest and he can speed up the process. the clerks inthe office answer hundreds of phone calls daily and they really dont want to take the time to look or, check on your permit if you can stop in the office and bring timmy hoes coffee trust me good deed goes along way. and, when your there they cant blow you off they have to check for you if no luck with clerk ask for MR. FOWLER

  5. #44
    Never had my references checked and had my permit in 3 mos. Knew no one. My wife it took her 8 mos. She did not have any of her references contacted either.

  6. #45
    You didnt apply in Erie County........ They check everything twice just like ole saint nick.. Ecounty doesnt let anything get by them Remember New York State is Not a Shall Issue State Its a May Issue State

  7. #46
    Sounds like you had it easy. wish it was like that for all Erie County Residents Im Glad to hear that you and your wife had a pleasent experience with your permit process but, there are allot of poeple out there that have been waiting over a year and, the kicker is not one of them have received a letter explaining the reason for delays as there are suppose to do. I often wonder why EC is like that remember they are elected officers we need to stand together and vote them out. we need another Penny Wolfgang in Office.

  8. Moved to Erie County

    I moved to Erie County last year and need to transfer my permit from Monroe County. I've just been reading up on the restrictions Erie County adds... ugh. Anybody familiar with how they handle transfering a full carry conceal permit from another county? I've had a hard time finding good official documentation on the county restrictions. I'm not going to be doing much hunting in Buffalo NY, but the area I live I feel the need for self defense at a level higher than just using my big girl voice (which works very well, but...). Let me tell you, I need to finish school and move.

  9. #48
    Pending on how long you have had your permit.erie county may consider giving you unrestricted but, Judge William Boller does not issue unrestricted to often you need to provide excellent reasons that you need to carry unrestricted. he is tuff I ve known allot of poeple who have tried to upgrade only to be turned down and the reason Judge uses for denying upgrade or, unrestricted You Have Not Shown Valid Reason Under Penal Law 400.00-2 and, you cant fight this allot have tried only to have failed you only option is to go to pistol permit office and, ask to speak to William Fowler Explain your situation to him and respectfully request that if and, when you transfer you would like to keep your unrestricted permit. also state laws says you dont have to transfer your permit from one county to another only thing you must do is address change. I would just change your address and keep your permit in your county only downsize to that is you will have to go to your county to add or,delete weapons but, at least you keep your unrestricted status good luck let us know of your outcome

  10. Interesting - all of the paperwork and info online direct you to transfer your permit, I didn't realize that you could just change your address and leave the permit in a different county. I've got reasonable justification for that - this is a temporary move for attending grad school. I'm suspecting that when I submit my address change they'll tell me I need to transfer it, though - bureaucracy. Going back to the original county for additions/deletions is not a big deal since I don't do it often and it's not far. Thanks for the alternate approach!

  11. Does your permit show if license is run?

    I was robbed at gun point 2 years ago and although I had thought about it, I never applied for my permit . I just figured that if I stayed out of "crimes way" I wouldn't have a problem and if my time was up then so be it. In May my wife told me that she was pregnant and we would have our first born in Dec. I decided to apply for my permit because SHOULD the need arise I would want to be able to protect my family. My days of delinquent behavior, speeding and even drinking are long gone and to be honest its been over 4 years since I've been pulled over and even longer since getting a ticket. My question for the group is if I decide to carry my gun with a target/hunting permit what are my chances of actually being caught with it. If the police run your license plate will it come back that I have a permit or would I be ok unless I used it or by some weird reason someone saw it and notified the authorities. A friend told me that since I have land in Wales I could try to tell the officer I was going/coming back and didn't want to leave the firearm in my vehicle while I did some running around before going/coming back from my property.

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