What Is the Keene PD Hiding?

What do the Keene Police have to hide?

Today (Aug 7, 2012) I called the Keene Police Department to check the status of my Concealed Carry License application. I applied for the license on July 20. It’s my understanding that NH law requires that the local police department “shall-issue” all valid applicants within 14 days (10 business days) of applying. Applicants must call and ask for an answer–they will not call you. However, if a person has NOT been approved, they will mail that person with an explanation as to why they were denied, and they must do that within 14 days. The clerk (Pat) at the records department said that my application was not in the “approved” pile, and that the man in charge of applications (Michael Goodchild) was on vacation until Aug. 20. She gave me his voicemail, and I left a message. In his voicemail recording, he directs callers to contact Jim McLaughlin with any issues. When I phoned Jim McLaughlin and told him I was audio recording, he told me he did not consent to being recorded and redirected my call to Michael Goodchild’s voicemail again. The third time I called, I explained to the clerk what had happened and asked to speak with someone who would talk to me on the record. After waiting on hold for a few minutes, Pat returned and said that the “Chief of Police” Ken Meola told her that “Captain” Costa would call me back today regarding this issue. Very curious…

Video of the phone call here (pt1) and here (pt2 – the denial).

The law regarding Concealed Carry Licenses can be found here.

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2 Comments

  1. so you want a CCP in a state of which you are not permanently domiciled and in fact are voluntarily “exiling” yourself from? and this paper from a state you will not be living will do precisely what? It is shall issue for NH residents, otherwise anybody who signs up for a mailbox at UPS could just drive over the border and grab a CCP.

  2. It’s shall-issue for nonresidents, as well.

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