2nd Amendment and Right to Bear Arms/Pistol permit revoked


I had my permit revoked in 2009 due to a DWI conviction, misdemeanor charge. Is there any chance of getting the license reinstated? That was in Ontario county I live in Jefferson County now. Would I have a chance at getting one up here knowing that I had one revoked before? Thanks.

A misdemeanor DWI conviction does not make one prohibited from a handgun license in New York State. It is discretionary on the part of the licensing officer, who may or may not find that such a conviction is good cause for denial of an application, or suspension or revocation of a license already issued.

It is impossible for me to predict how the Jefferson County licensing officer will view any specific conviction by an applicant, other than one that disqualifies somebody from a license under the penal law, like a felony or "serious offense." Further, something like a DWI conviction will probably not be viewed in isolation. That is, the licensing judge will likely consider other factors, such as the stability of employment, firearm training, other prior arrests, local references, etc., in evaluating the application.

It would probably make sense to inquire with the county licensing official as to whether there are any blanket policies regarding DWIs or other misdemeanor convictions. For example, this particular judge could have an established policy not issue a license to anybody with a DWI within the last 5 or last 10 years. On the other hand, the judge may have no set policy, and instead, considers each case on its own. The people in the licensing office (county clerk, sheriff, etc.) may be able to give you an idea of the likelihood of success for your application before you submit it.


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