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Thread: Nashua permit process
03-29-2012, 12:30 AM #1
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Nashua permit process
I just moved up to Nashua and am about to apply for my pistol permit and was wondering if anybody had gone through the process recently. Just curious if they call or write references, so I can make sure the people I list aren't burdened beyond what I tell them to expect.
Thanks in advance for any info.
Last edited by 21H; 04-03-2012 at 08:20 AM.
03-29-2012, 12:46 AM #2
I got mine when i lived in Nashua about 4 years ago and i just went to the PD and filled out the form. I dont recall if there was a thing about references. But i handed it in and got a call back in about a half hour telling me to come get my permit. Im not sure how they so it now but i didnt have any problems."NES Pumpkin Shoot - How REAL men make fruit salad!" -darklupine
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03-29-2012, 06:16 AM #3
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I got mine in January. It took 6 days.
They did not call any of of the references.
They called and I went and picked it up.
03-29-2012, 06:40 AM #4
There is no spot on the form for phone numbers for references. when they asked my wife, she told them no, and they gave up. In NH, it doesn't matter where you apply, the process is controlled by the state. It is performed by the local PD, but controlled by the state.
03-29-2012, 10:30 PM #5
Exactly as edhead35 states.
As mentioned, Nashua likes applicants to pick up the license in person, but unlike some other towns, doesn't try to call references. Since they only have 14 days to make a decision, I've never heard of a town contacting references by postal mail -- my town called all my references, and was peeved when the only number the could find for an out-of-state reference was his fax line.
The RSA gives towns very little leeway in the process:
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03-31-2012, 03:00 PM #6
Dover sends out a form for the references to fill out. Lee never contacted my references and neither did Barrington when I renewed. If they never hear back from the references and there is nothing to disqualify you (which there shouldn't be since if you can buy the gun you can get the permit in NH) then they have to issue the permit.Donate To PACkingNH to Help Elect Good NH State Reps NES Thread on PACkingNH (CLICKY)
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03-31-2012, 03:13 PM #7
I've had mine in Nashua for about nine years. The first time, it took them a month and they claimed it was because they were waiting for Vermont to get back to them. Not long after that I think the AG sent a nastygram to a bunch of PDs about taking more than two weeks and "enhancing" the forms. My two renewals were issued within four days of handing in the paperwork, and they called me to pick up the most recent renewal about a month ago.
03-31-2012, 05:41 PM #8Originally Posted by soloman02;2310155
My permit was denied for an arrest 25 years ago. Now this was not a conviction, and the charges were dropped a month after the arrest. I did not get my record
expunged in the intervening years, but I still should not have been denied. I also didn't push the up button and appeal the denial at the time.
PS I will reapply soon, but the question if you have been denied before will have to be answered "YES" this time.
04-02-2012, 11:46 AM #9
Yeah, that "have been denied before" checkbox is what keeps me from applying for a non-resident Rhode Island permit. I even talked to Scrivner, there's just no way to avoid the automatic denial on first application in RI.
For anybody thinking of applying in New Hampshire, if you have anything on your record that you think might be a problem, it could be a good idea to just call your local Chief and make an appointment. You can explain the situation man-to-man, and worst case, if he still feels your history makes you not a "suitable person" you, you could choose to simply not apply, or at least start planning your appeal early :)"New Hampshire is the center of craziness here. I don't even like to go through there. It's like I hold my breath. That's the state where the governor, three or four years ago, tried to get tactical nuclear weapons for the national guard" - Stephen King, 1980
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04-03-2012, 08:19 AM #10
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Thanks for all the responses. Was just looking for some inside gouge regarding Nashua - I didn't want to ask my references for a small favor and have them end up with a 10-page questionnaire or something like that.