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Groundbreaking Reinstatement of Gun Rights

In what appears to be the first in recent history, Attorney Chris Connelly fought to have the firearm rights restored for a client who been involuntarily committed to a mental health institution. The client had been briefly committed during a tough time in his life many years ago.  Nonetheless, this commitment barred him under NCGS 14-404 from ever possessing any firearm. Attorney Connelly fought for him by petitioning under NCGS 14-409.42 that he was no longer a danger to the community, showing that he had now been sober and healthy for many years, was a man of faith with many stable, supportive relationships, was gainfully employed and owned his own company. This type of petition had not been done in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County in anyone's memory so it necessitated collaborating with the court clerk's office to laboriously devise a procedure from the ground up to bring it to fruition. The Order restoring the client's right to bear arms was signed and the client looks forward to being able to protect himself and his family once again after being statutorily barred for so long.

Major Victory for Gun Permit Appeals

On April 17, 2018, in a major victory for gun permit applicants, The NC Court of Appeals ruled that the Constitution requires that they be informed of the specifics behind their denial and have an opportunity to challenge the denial in court. In that case, The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office issued their usual bare-bones denial of the application, without notice of the exact nature of the basis for the denial or any opportunity to be challenge that basis. The applicant appealed the Sheriff's decision to the District Court which then denied the appeal, also without affording him an opportunity to be challenge the basis. The Court of Appeals held that an applicant who is denied a permit must be provided notice of the precise grounds for the sheriff's denial and the information alleged in support. This process must then be followed by an opportunity to contest the matter in a hearing in District Court. Talk to an experienced lawyer who can represent you in your Gun Permit Appeal. By law, you have only one chance to get it right; there is no appeal from the court's decision.

Possession of Firearm at Charlotte Airport

In a gun-friendly culture such as in The South, it is unfortunately common for otherwise responsible gun owners to leave a weapon in their luggage that they then take to the airport. When the weapon is found by TSA, these folks find themselves getting charged and even arrested & put in jail. These charges are serious and can result in a criminal record, loss of CCW or gun purchase permits, etc..

Reduction in penalty for Carry Concealed Weapon into prohibited place

Effective today December 1, 2015, it is now only an Infraction (a non criminal offense) for someone to carry a concealed firearm in or into an establishment or property that had posted sign prohibiting such activity. It had previously been a misdemeanor.

Weapons, including firearms, found at Charlotte Douglas Airport

A recent Charlotte Observer article was published about the prevalence of weapons, particularly  firearms, being found in carry on luggage at Charlotte Douglas Airport.  This is actually quite common where an otherwise law abiding citizen forgets that their weapon or firearm is in their luggage, perhaps because they did not clean out their bags after coming back from hunting or the gun range.  This offense has criminal and civil implications.  The hapless traveler can be charged with the crimes of Carrying a Concealed Weapon (Gun) or Possession of Firearm on City Property or both.  That can result in a criminal record and the likely revocation of a CCW permit.  In certain circumstances, it can result in felony prosecution, jail and/or probation.  On the civil side, it may also cause fines to be levied by the TSA, getting placed on the no-fly list or a ban from a certain airline or airport.  

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