WHAT WE DODenied a firearm permit?

Was your application to obtain a gun permit in North Carolina denied? Barring any legal prohibitions, if you are entitled to a gun permit, the sheriff must grant you one. An experienced attorney can help you appeal your denial before a judge and rightfully obtain a gun permit.

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At the Law Offices of Ronald J. Shook, we provide effective criminal defense representation to residents in Charlotte, Gastonia and the surrounding communities. Attorney Ron Shook is a long-time CCW permit holder and a firm believer in Second Amendment rights. He will fight to ensure that you are able to obtain the gun permit to which you are legally entitled.

If you meet certain statutory requirements, a sheriff cannot deny your gun permit application. However, a sheriff will sometimes improperly deny your permit. You can appeal the denial to the appropriate superior court or district court judge. Their decision is final and you cannot appeal it further. You must do it right the first time.

Appeal for gun permit denials

A gun permit is required if a person wants to purchase a firearm or to carry a concealed firearm. Applications for gun permits are initially done through an administrative process at the county sheriff’s office. An applicant must also go through a criminal history and a mental health background check.

Gun permits can be denied if a person is deemed not mentally fit or has been convicted of certain enumerated crimes that occurred during a specified time period:

Sometimes the sheriff’s denial is based upon a conviction that is not one of the enumerated prohibitive convictions. In many instances, the sheriff will deny your permit because of some mental health issue in the past.

Restoring firearm rights

In certain instances, a defendant convicted of certain offenses may have their firearm rights restored pursuant to state law. Under North Carolina law, a resident who was convicted of a single nonviolent felony may take steps to comply with other statutory conditions to restore firearm rights. This means that the individual would be legally allowed to purchase, own, possess or be in control of a firearm.

If you were denied a firearm permit in Mecklenburg or Gaston County, call 704-671-2390 or email our Gastonia office. Schedule a consultation with an experienced Charlotte gun permit denials attorney. We serve clients in courts throughout Gaston County and Mecklenburg County.

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