Concealed Handgun Permit Applications

Occasionally, a Court will deny an application for a concealed handgun permit. Sometimes, the denials are based upon inaccurate information in the applicant's criminal history. I represent people in these situations.

Why are Permits Denied?

The most common situation where a lawyer may be able to help you occurs when there is inaccurate or incomplete information on the applicant's criminal history. A similar situation can occur when the applicant has a similar name and the same birthdate as a person who has been convicted of a crime.

My Permit Application was Denied. Now what?

Virginia law requires that the Court inform you of the reason for the denial. If you believe that the denial was in error, you have the right to request an in-person hearing in the Circuit Court. You must request this hearing within twenty-one calendar days of the date of the denial.

If you are unfamiliar with appearing in Court and the Court's requirements for offering documentary evidence, you probably need a lawyer's assistance for this proceeding. An attorney can also help you obtain proof relating to any erroneous denial, such as old or out-of state court records.