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"The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter." -- Winston Churchill (More Quotes)

Communicating with Law Enforcement

Applicants! You may think you are communicating with the Chief or Sheriff. Wrong! You are talking past them
to County Counsels or City Attorneys. They will in most cases review your letter and the department’s response to you. If they believe they are dealing with a professional, with perhaps an attorney in the background they will be responding past you to that person, knowing they are making a record that they may have to defend in court at some future date.

It is an excellent idea to consult with an attorney prior to submitting your application if you can afford to do so. If not, ample information is available from Team Billy Jack. Carefully evaluate the information you are provided with from any source other than an attorney. Select an attorney who has Due Process, Equal Protection experience. Run, not walk, away from any source that tells you that obtaining a CCW is a 2nd Amendment issue. Been there, done that as well. Several courts have already decided that issue so let’s not continue to beat a dead horse. Let it go! After all, you are likely to invest over $500.00 throughout the whole application process, and you might not get rejected until the very last stages. All fees and money thus spent are non-refundable.

Send all mail certified. Set up a filing system to organize your documents. You are going to need it. Any misstep can come back to haunt you on appeal and/or in court. I have been investigating litigation for attorneys for over 30 years and I have sat in court and seen good cases, of all types dismissed because of simple errors by counsel, the client or their investigator. You begin the CCW process with some gravitas. You will gain more or lose some based upon how you present yourself during the process. The majority of your contacts with LEO will be written.

Most PRA’s are made by attorneys representing institutions like the media and public interest organizations. That is the level of communication that is expected by the department you will be contacting. You had better deliver it. If you shoot yourself in the foot early on by submitting an inadequate Good Cause statement or presenting a PRA to the wrong person, it becomes very difficult to rehabilitate your application or the PRA.

Good Moral Character is one of the three legs of the CCW requirements. I can not think of a better way to establish it than by following the law at all times, presenting yourself as an intelligent, conscientious person who wants to be able to pursue their daily lives in a safe and lawful manner.

Legal Disclaimer: Team Billy Jack is not a team of lawyers. Nothing we say should be taken as evidence that we have any idea what we are talking about or what we or you should be doing. Listen to us at your own risk. No animals were harmed in the production of this website.
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