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heres a question for all of you wonderful gun toting Americans. I applied for a concealed weapons permit in richmond va. I was denied. I have a court date the 23 of may. i was wondering if anyone has had this happen to them, and if so, what can i expect in the oral hearing? i have a mouthful to say to the man that says i cant protect my life, and the lives of my loved ones, I just wanted to know the protocol. thanks if you can help!!
 

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Research the laws for the county you live in as they pertain to CCW permits.

Check out http://www.nraila.org/GunLaws/ and click on Virginia. Page 2 has info on carrying and why you might have been declined for a permit. It would be helpful to know specifically why you were denied, so call whatever office has your application and politely ask for the reason.

While I personally agree with you that there is no constitutional basis for states curtailing the Supreme Law of the Land, you won't do yourself any favors if you go in and verbally let loose on the local county clerk or sheriff or whoever denied your application. Dress well and show respect for the court and the process. Calmly and politely state your position.
 

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Is this court date concerning the application? If not, that's probably the reason you were turned down. If you're in court for something more than a misdemeanor or it involves "domestic violence," you can forget ever getting the permit unless you have your record cleared.

If you've been misidentified as someone else, then a little research and time at the court house should solve the problem.

Again, research your laws. Don't go in "guns blazing" as it were, seeking a confrontation. Best to be in possession of all the facts first.
 

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heres a question for all of you wonderful gun toting Americans. I applied for a concealed weapons permit in richmond va. I was denied. I have a court date the 23 of may. i was wondering if anyone has had this happen to them, and if so, what can i expect in the oral hearing? i have a mouthful to say to the man that says i cant protect my life, and the lives of my loved ones, I just wanted to know the protocol. thanks if you can help!!
Well that sucks hope you get everything worked out GOOD LUCK TO YOU :( :( :( :(
 

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Virginia is a "shall issue" state. Unless you have a disqualifier (those things that would disqualify you from owning a gun-mental illness, felony conviction, domestic violence, illegal alien, etc) or have not met training requirements, or have been mis-identified (Sorry- that's not me) the court must issue. If you are turned down, they must tell you why. And in Virginia, it is not up to the Sheriff or Chief of Police, it is the Circuit Court of the jurisdiction you live in. So- back to the question- why denied? If legit mistake, dress neatly, speak politely, have your evidence, make your case in a businesslike manner. Or scream at the judge, and get to meet C.T. Woody, man in charge of the Richmond jail.
 

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no no guys, I am upset, but not a moron. screaming at the judge would definetly make matters worse. I honestly cannot understand why i was turned down. I have no felonies, and am not even a violent person. so no disqualifiers in that department. I did make a serious mistake in o4' and got convicted of a DUI. but the Va constitution says that if a person has been convicted of drunkeness in the past three years(from the date of the application) he or she cannot get a concealed permit. However, that was over three years ago. If this was why I was turned down, then that would be unconstitutional. I intend to calmly explain to the judge that a young man can seriously mature in three years, as I have. Other than that, I have no idea why the judge denied me. The letter from the clerks office didnt state why I was turned down. So i dont know. Courts the last place on earth I rather be, so naturally I am nervous. Just thought I'd ask some good people who may have had this experience.
 

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no no guys, I am upset, but not a moron. screaming at the judge would definetly make matters worse. I honestly cannot understand why i was turned down. I have no felonies, and am not even a violent person. so no disqualifiers in that department. I did make a serious mistake in o4' and got convicted of a DUI. but the Va constitution says that if a person has been convicted of drunkeness in the past three years(from the date of the application) he or she cannot get a concealed permit. However, that was over three years ago. If this was why I was turned down, then that would be unconstitutional. I intend to calmly explain to the judge that a young man can seriously mature in three years, as I have. Other than that, I have no idea why the judge denied me. The letter from the clerks office didnt state why I was turned down. So i dont know. Courts the last place on earth I rather be, so naturally I am nervous. Just thought I'd ask some good people who may have had this experience.
I was never denied,so I cannot offer any suggestions other than that here in NY at least, if someone is denied, they have the right to request the reason for denial in writing. You should request it. In some localities the licensing authorities purposely make it as hard as possible to obtain a CCW permit in the hopes that the applicant will give up. Don't give up!
 

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Supposing that all you've said is true (and understand that I do believe you, I'm just answering hypothetically), then the only way to lose is to quit. Or maybe going postal, "proving" a propensity for violent behavior.

Hey, RL357Mag, "Upstate NY" is a pretty big area. I'm just outside of Clinton in southeastern Oneida County. Glad to see another one of us! LOL!
 

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Supposing that all you've said is true (and understand that I do believe you, I'm just answering hypothetically), then the only way to lose is to quit. Or maybe going postal, "proving" a propensity for violent behavior.

Hey, RL357Mag, "Upstate NY" is a pretty big area. I'm just outside of Clinton in southeastern Oneida County. Glad to see another one of us! LOL!
How ya doin TMCXJ - I'm in Washington Co. on the Vt. border. I got my permit downstate when I lived in Dutchess Co. I've lived in Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Co's. I was surprised to learn that there are more Liberals up here than there were in Putnam and Dutchess Co's !!! I think it's time for another move - preferably the F$#@ out of NY!
 

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I was never denied,so I cannot offer any suggestions other than that here in NY at least, if someone is denied, they have the right to request the reason for denial in writing. You should request it. In some localities the licensing authorities purposely make it as hard as possible to obtain a CCW permit in the hopes that the applicant will give up. Don't give up!
well, Im gonna try my hardest. richmond is pretty liberal, so they probably do want to see just how bad a person wants to be in control of their own defense. I grew up in the country, so I've been around firearms most of my life. However, it never occured to me to go about my business armed until a friend and I were robbed by three armed individuals. On my own front porch of all places. Thanks for the encouragement all who replied!! I let you know how it goes friday.
 
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