Denial of a Concealed Weapon License

An application for a concealed weapon license may be denied for any of the following reasons:

  • The applicant is prohibited under state or federal law from owning or possessing a firearm.
  • The applicant has a disqualifying offense.
  • The applicant made a “material misstatement” on the application.

The denial letter will explain the reason for the denial. Depending on the reason, a Class 1 applicant may be eligible to have the application reconsidered for a Class 2 license. If applicable, the denial letter will contain instructions on how to submit a written request for reconsideration to the BCI. 

Denial for a Material Misstatement

A "material misstatement" means the applicant did not self-disclose something that appeared on their criminal history record. 

As noted on the application, you are required to disclose arrests, criminal charges, convictions or guilty pleas, even if the offense was later dismissed and even if the court record of that offense has been expunged. Unfortunately, by law, even if the offense itself is not something that would make you ineligible to have a concealed weapon license, the fact that you did not disclose that offense makes you ineligible for one year from the date of the denial notice, after which you may start over as a new applicant.