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    Question Arapahoe County question/concern

    Hi, everyone. I cross posted this on another discussion forum but was told that this might be a better fit for my question since it is a Colorado specific board.

    I have lived in Colorado since late 2016, and when I came here I had my Florida CCP (which I know became void when I became a Colorado resident and it is now expired) which I had obtained/maintained without issue for years. I work full-time for a USG agency (civilian position) and hold a security clearance, and have been in public service for 20+ years. I am now looking at applying for my CO CCP, have taken an in-state firearms safety class just to make sure it is accepted without issue, and was starting to fill out the application when I became concerned about some verbiage in the statutes...

    I have been arrested twice, but all of my charges were dropped/dismissed outright and I have no convictions whatsoever. One time it was because a long-out-of-touch ex had a legitimate psych issue and concocted some absolutely crazy allegations and convinced a local (local to her) detective that I had perpetrated some horrendous things against her, even though I hadn't seen/spoken to her in nearly a year. He bought the story, got a warrant for my arrest and it was served on me by my PD on the other side of the state. All of my charges were dropped/dismissed in the preliminary hearing when it came out they were all lies and she was charged with making false statements. The second time was because I was given some equipment to work on/fix by a customer that turned out to be stolen (by that customer) so I was charged with receiving stolen property, but that was also dropped when the customer admitted that I knew nothing about the equipment's history or it being stolen. So... now to my question... I have no convictions whatsoever, so I don't have to worry about anything in that regard, but the statute as written/explained on the Arapahoe County Sheriff's website states this:

    " (2) Regardless of whether an applicant meets the criteria specified in subsection (1) of this section, if the sheriff has a reasonable belief that documented previous behavior by the applicant makes it likely the applicant will present a danger to self or others if the applicant receives a permit to carry a concealed handgun, the sheriff may deny the permit."

    ...so my concern is that without knowing anything about me, my job/reputation within my industry, and the ludicrous history/background of my arrests, whoever is actually reviewing the application and my background will simply deny my permit based on the grounds listed in that subsection (2)... What are everyone's thoughts?

    Thank you for your time.

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    Apply and see what the response is, most likely they may not even care.

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    Based on the information you provided in your post, I would not be concerned about it.

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    Have you purchased a firearm in CO. Since all this has happened ?
    And don?t lie on the application for the CCP, if you?re and it is discovered, I am sure you will be rejected.
    Be honaest about the charges and the disposition of them. And have the paperwork to back up your statements, especially if the first arrest had to do with domestic violence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SideShow Bob View Post
    Have you purchased a firearm in CO. Since all this has happened ?
    And don?t lie on the application for the CCP, if you?re and it is discovered, I am sure you will be rejected.
    Be honaest about the charges and the disposition of them. And have the paperwork to back up your statements, especially if the first arrest had to do with domestic violence.
    I would absolutely never lie on an official document, let alone anywhere else. I have a security clearance and work for a USG three letter agency so I'd never risk losing my livelihood. Absolutely none of the questions on the application will have me checking the "Yes" box whatsoever, but when they pull my fingerprints I'll show up along with the arrests, so I don't want the sheriff or the sheriff's office just looking at that and making some snap judgement about me without knowing the circumstances and that no crime was ever perpetrated and also knowing about my current security clearance and position.

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    If you're denied you'll have the opportunity to appeal at which time you can present all the evidence you need to explain the circumstances that might not be readily known just looking at your background. Not a big deal...maybe just a PITA to prove later at an appeal. Apply and see what happens. If your criminal history was documented properly it should show a disposition re: the arrests.
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