The fact that the permit application is started at the town PD level is absolutely ridiculous. Application should be made directly to DPS. Imagine if you needed to get your driver's license through the PD? How many 16 year olds would have there applications "lost in limbo" somewhere in the office? Eligible is eligible, there is no need to involve the judgment of the local yokels.
My apologies to the honest (local yokels), but too many think that laws leave room for their own interpretations.