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Portsmouth, N.H., Man Challenges Denial Of License To Carry Concealed Weapon

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Portsmouth Police Chief Stephen Dubois (Credit: City of Portsmouth)

Portsmouth Police Chief Stephen Dubois (Credit: City of Portsmouth)

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A Portsmouth lawyer is taking the city’s police chief to court after the Police Department wouldn’t renew his license to carry a concealed weapon.

In his complaint against Police Chief Stephen Dubois, Randall Pratt is asking a judge to overrule the Police Department’s denial of his license and to penalize the chief. His complaint also challenges the requirement for three references on state-issued applications for a concealed weapons license.

City officials say Pratt’s license was denied because none of the three references on his application returned police phone calls.

The Portsmouth Herald reported Sunday that Pratt is arguing state law requires authorities to grant permits to applicants who meet specific criteria. He further says state law doesn’t require references.

A hearing before a judge is scheduled Tuesday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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