Originally Posted by aaronmj
Welcome from Washington county! I too, am curious what the plan is to get rid of the restrictions (i'm restricted to hunting and target shooting). I'd like to at least carry camping and hiking, etc... Although always on me would be nice.
It varies by county, so I was curious about what he was going to do for his county.
Here are a couple suggestions for you, assuming it has been at least a year you've had your permit, and you haven't been getting speeding tickets or in other trouble.
You could join or go to a gun club in your area and talk to other owners with Washington County permits, and see what they have to say about the process. Although keep in mind that rumor is as strong in real life as it is on the internet.
You could stop into your county clerks office, and nicely and politely inquire about the process. You could call instead, but sometimes phone calls don't work too good in communicating.
Along the way, you could get a certificate in NRA basic pistol, and then a certificate in NRA personal protection outside the home. These might (and I mean might) help you if you ever write a judge a nice letter asking for your restrictions to be removed.
Your county might have some other specifc training course that needs to be required as part of this process.
Bottom line is it will all be very specific to your county, your clerk, and your judge. The judge has the authority, but the clerk might know the details. Some counties also involve the police in this sort of decision process, other counties don't rely on the police for anything other than the background check.