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  • Why do some police departments ask this on the application?

    The question "Do you have a concealed carry permit?". Just curious why they ask. Is it to see if you're paranoid or something? Is it viewed as a bad thing if you do have one?

    Also another question. Would becoming a public safety aide/community service officer for a police department be a good stepping stone to become a LEO?

    Thanks.

  • #2
    I haven't seen this on any of my prior applications. ANY job is a good stepping stone.
    The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, cannot and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheepdog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed.

    I Am the Sheepdog.


    "And maybe just remind the few, if ill of us they speak,
    that we are all that stands between
    the monsters and the weak." - Michael Marks


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    • #3
      For liability, and other, reasons, some agencies do not allow their officers to carry on a permit.

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      • #4
        If you have a valid permit, the agency knows you're not a convicted felon, have a record of mental illness, or history of illicit drug use.
        Getting shot hurts! Don't under estimate the power of live ammo. A .22LR can kill you! I personally feel that it's best to avoid being shot by any caliber. Your vest may stop the bullet, but you'll still get a nice bruise or other injury to remember the experience.

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        • #5
          I once asked a “Hail Mary" applicant if he had a concealed weapon permit before taking him into custody. He showed up for his oral board carrying a python in a shoulder holster. Anyone want to guess the make and model of his PV?


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          • #6
            Originally posted by BTDT2 View Post
            I once asked a “Hail Mary" applicant if he had a concealed weapon permit before taking him into custody. He showed up for his oral board carrying a python in a shoulder holster. Anyone want to guess the make and model of his PV?


            What is a Ford Crown Victoria?
            Getting shot hurts! Don't under estimate the power of live ammo. A .22LR can kill you! I personally feel that it's best to avoid being shot by any caliber. Your vest may stop the bullet, but you'll still get a nice bruise or other injury to remember the experience.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by HI629 View Post


              What is a Ford Crown Victoria?
              Bingo!

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              • #8
                Knowing why an applicant has a concealed carry permit usually helps the BI to better evaluate an applicant when conducting the background.

                There are many valid reasons for having a concealed weapons permit. If an applicant cites one, it's almost a check the box issue and the BI moves on. However, occasionally an applicant's reasons for having the permit or his intentions to use his firearm in the future suggest a lack of maturity, responsibility or good judgement on his part. When this occurs, the BI may disqualify him.

                Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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