Think Arizona's nifty? Here in Pennsylvania there's no safety classes, no written tests, no letters of recommendation, no range time and no fingerprints (well, Philadelphia requires fingerprints, but it's an illegal requirement). Basically, one fills out a one page application, gets one's picture taken, shells out anywhere between $19 and $45 (depending on the county), and they get their license anywhere between immediately and 45 days (depending on the county).
Oh, open carry is legal (and the police know it), and no license is required for open carry.
However, this is a Connecticut subforum. Keep writing to your elected representatives, point out the differences between Connecticut and other states, and ask for uniform procedures to apply throughout the Nutmeg State (Town A has police, so you have to go through them, Town B doesn't have police, so you have to go to the State Police, Town C makes you jump through all sorts of hoops that Town D doesn't, etc., etc.).