The only difference in obtaining either a Permit to Carry or an Eligibility Certificate
is the issueof the local issuing authority determiningSUITABILITY.
Permits to Carry
applications originate with and issued by local issuing authorities and Eligibility Certificates
are applied for and only issued by the Department of Public Safety at their headquarters in Middletown.
A Permit to Carry
may be seized or revoked by DPS forincidents that may reflect on your "SUITABILITY
" to carry a handgun or the various and obvious other reasons such as restraining orders, protective orders or at risk warrants. all of which involve suitability.
on the other hand may only be seized or revoked
criminal events or following the issuance of a court ordered At Risk Warrant under Section 29-38c of the Connecticut General Statutes. Protective or Restraining orders may also be cause for the temporary seizure or revocation, I will have to do more research.
Any arrests or convictions for NON DISQUALIFYING events DO NOT seem to justify the seizure or revocation of Eligibility Certificates.
Possession of a valid Eligibility Certificate
during the period that a Permit to Carry is revoked, does NOT
appear to prevent the ability to purchase or possess handguns.
I will have to do more research on the mailbox issue.
But for the fact that most mail boxes are located within the public right of way and NOT on private property seems to make your statment correct. I am unaware of any law that requires a person on his own or leased property from carrying a firearm openly in a NON threating manner.
I could be wrong but that's the way I read and interpret the law.