The Second Department, reversing County Court, determined petitioner’s application for a residential/sportsman pistol permit should not have been denied based upon a single arrest 23 years before which did not result in prosecution. The Second Department noted that petitioner was not given the opportunity to respond to the objections to his application:
… [T]he respondent’s determination denying the petitioner’s application for a pistol permit was arbitrary and capricious … . Although the respondent was entitled to consider the petitioner’s prior arrest, the circumstances thereof did not, under the particular facts of this case, warrant the denial of the petitioner’s application. The record reflects, among other things, that the petitioner properly disclosed his arrest in his application, that the weapon in question belonged to a hitchhiker the petitioner picked up while driving his vehicle when he was 19 years old, that an investigation by the District Attorney’s office determined that the weapon belonged to the hitchhiker, that the petitioner testified before a grand jury in connection with the subject matter, that the grand jury entered a no true bill against the petitioner, and that the petitioner has no other criminal record in the 23 years between his single arrest and the date of the pistol permit application. Further, based upon the record before us, it is apparent that the respondent did not give the petitioner an opportunity to respond to the stated objections to his pistol permit application … . Matter of Cambronne v Russo, 2023 NY Slip Op 04121, Second Dept 8-2-23
Practice Point: Here the denial of petitioner’s pistol-permit application was deemed arbitrary and capricious because it was based on a 23-year-old arrest that did not result in prosecution.
Practice Point: An applicant for a pistol permit should be given an opportunity to respond to objections to the application.