My journey towards getting an unrestricted pistol permit is almost finished. Today, I had a meeting with the judge who signs off on all handgun applications and amendments, and she agreed to my request to remove the restrictions. I should be getting my new permit next week!
It's been a very long process but now that the end is near, a worthwhile one.
I started this journey back in January 2007 when I submitted my initial application. In June, I had my initial meeting with the judge who signed off on my application but restricted my permit to hunting and target shooting. She said come back in 18 months and if your record is still clean, I will remove the restrictions.
Fast forward to 11/4/08. I write a letter to the judge, asking her to remove my restrictions.
Early January, I get a letter in the mail telling me that I have to meet the judge again on Jan 16.
Jan 16. I have a 9:30 meeting scheduled and arrive at 9:25. I have to wait until 9:50. I go into chambers, get sworn in and she asks why do I want to have an unrestricted permit. I tell her "self protection for me and my family". She says "since your record is clean, I see no reason to deny your request. You'll get your amended permit in the mail. Have a nice day."
So, to summarize:
Time to get initial pistol permit w/restrictions: 5 months
Time to get restrictions removed: 19 months
Total: 24 months
Trip to Wallyworld planned for next week!