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On March 26, 2013 I picked up an application for a target pistol permit.
On March 27, 2013 I called to make an appointment and a woman who I
believe to be a female officier told me the earliest she had was March 28, 2014.
I complained and said to her how can that be possible.
The notary stamps on my application would be expired by then.
She sympathized with me and said to call back at a later time to
see if there would be any earlier opening or maybe a cancellation.
I called in a week and I believe the same person answered.
She gave me an appointment for July 16, 2013.
On the date of my appointment I was greeted by a
Westchester County detective who went over my paperwork.
He was very pleasant and I enjoyed talking with him.
I am very anal when it comes to paperwork so I had every i dotted and every t crossed.
At the conclusion which was less than ½ hour he told me I would receive a decision in 6 months.
On November 19, 2013 I received an approval letter for my pistol permit.
It was dated November 14, 2013 and was postmarked November 18, 2013.
When I went to the county office the women who took care of me was also very pleasant.
The pistol permission slip was dated and signed on November 7, 2013.
After finishing the final details and receiving my permit she also took the time to give me
and explain various amendments and attachments that I may want or need in the future.
For me the process was not that bad, just a little tedious.
They never contacted any of my character references or place of employment.
Buying a .22 target pistol as my first handgun, using 4 outstanding citizens as my
character references and being squeaky clean probably sped up the process.
4 months for an appointment and 4 months for a decision.
Good things come to those who wait.
 

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Two thumbs up to Westchester county Pistol licensing section , four months is F A S T !!!
 

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First and foremost, CONGRATS!!!

Second, congrats and gosh-darn it getting hands on that little piece of plastic is a sweet feeling.

Hope you never need to use your gun defensively, but that if you do you are fully justified, fight to win - and do so, mentally prepared and legally exonerated.

LHT.
 
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