Board member Wallace Duffin defended his decision to the newspaper, saying the permit was denied due to Askins’ “pattern of behavior of 24 years.
For Askins though, his application for a concealed carry permit was still decided upon by a county gun board. According to the Grand Rapids Press, Askins might not have a convicted criminal history but he has more than a dozen run-ins with the police:
The concealed weapons license applicant was questioned about allegedly hiring a hit-man to injure an ex-girlfriend in 1988, about various episodes of harassment and intimidation alleged by an ex-wife and about an ex-wife’s personal protection order. The panel inquired about a suspected breaking and entering at an ex-wife’s property, a suspected larceny from an ex-wife and a domestic dispute with a girlfriend.
“I’ve been with a lot of girlfriends and it just doesn’t ever work,” Askins explained during his Thursday, March 5, interview with the board.
The newspaper reported that Askin’s application was denied unanimously, 3-0, by the board.
“It’s crazy [to be denied] because I’ve had a couple little incidents,” Askins told the Press. “I’ve never done anything wrong. Half the time, I called the police department. [Gun board members] are the ones that think they know it all. Those guys don’t know what they’re talking about.”