Denied 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.

Strong Criminal Defense Representation

At the Law Office of Christopher A. Connelly, we have been providing effective criminal defense representation to residents in Charlotte and the surrounding communities for more than 25 years. Attorney Christopher A. Connelly 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.

Click Here to read about the April 2018 ruling by the North Carolina Court of Appeals entitling applicants to receive details about the reasons for their denial and the right to have a hearing in court.

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 County, call 704-376-9376 or email our Charlotte office. Schedule a consultation with an experienced Charlotte gun permit denials attorney. We serve clients in courts throughout Mecklenburg County and Cabarrus County.

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