I'm new to this group and have enjoyed reading many posts.
Just wanted to make a few observations based on experience and basic constitutional premises.
I have read many posts concerning denial of gun permits for many different reasons from many different states.
Here are a few observations and a little advice.
1) Personally, I would not post specifics of your situation if you plan to appeal a denial. Cyber space is forever. You would be surprised at what the state police fire arms division will use at your appeal which is NOT limited to the official record.
2) Attorneys don't work for free. Any legal advice found on forums should not be considered accurate. Attorneys = Access which is what we pay for when we hire one.
Now my rant based on experience:
Given the current state of political and social atmosphere in this country, denial of a gun permit seems to be the standing order of the day for U.S Citizens.
If one examines (Black Letter Law) concerning who can or can not carry a weapon, we see there is great latitude given to the local and state agencies in their decision process.
Obviously felons, domestic abuse charges are clearly stated and knock one out of the running,,as it should be. Beyond this however is where we enter into nebulous reasoning to deny one a permit at the expense of rights granted to U.S citizens.
Many of you as have I, have taken the time to read the state legal codes regarding precisely what causes a denial; yet many are perplexed as to why they were denied when there seems to be no clear reason or reasons. Any explanations provided by the state are a real stretch if any reason is even given! "Not a proper person" can and is quite vague.
Gun permit laws need to be re-written; period. (i.e) "Any class A misdemeanor committed within 5 yrs" "Any class B misdemeanor committed within 7 yrs" etc...etc...These are just examples only for clear laws.
Yes, we all have the right to appeal. The success rate of such appeals is very very small.
By each state writing clear and concise gun permit laws, the fire arms licensing divisions would find their work load greatly reduced as one would now be aware who qualifies to carry and who does not.
At this juncture however; local and state authorities may as well throw darts at a balloon in there decision making process.
The appeals process will 99% of the time follow the recommendation of law enforcement. This is where the inequality begins. A local sheriff etc can deny you for all sorts of NON LEGAL reasons.
Is it fair? Of course not. Does it happen? Yes! Constantly.
Lawyers: Lawyers work within the system. They have to get along with as many people as possible within this system. If anyone truly believes attorneys work in your best interest; they need a reality check.
Look at the stats if we can believe them.
In 1980, 46% of Americans requested permits. In 2011 that number was at 36%. This is quite telling if the numbers are accurate.
Is there an answer? Yes!
Be very very wealthy or politically connected. Any less than this we can expect little if any real protection of our rights.
Do what you can and then do what you must.