Denial of right to own firearms - Advice Sought
I recently paid the fee and filled out the paperwork regarding a firearms background check with the California Department of Justice. I received not only a response from the DOJ by mail, I also received a letter from our county Sheriff’s Office, both revoking my right to own firearms. No reason was listed. If I hadn’t filed for the background check, I would’ve never known I was a criminal for owning firearms, as I was never notified.
Contacting the Sheriff’s Office by phone revealed that they had nothing in my records to indicate denial, they just follow DOJ’s directions. If they deny, why? They don’t know.
DOJ would tell me nothing over the phone and I’ve written numerous letters requesting the reason and duration for this punishment, which results from no conviction, restraining order or other court action that I or the county sheriff can point to.
I wonder how many other people have had similar experiences. I would like to know how and if they resolved this problem.
I’ve decided to write my representatives and any newspaper within reasonable distance, hoping for advice or assistance. I believe my civil rights have been violated. Unfortunately, my financial situation doesn’t allow me to afford justice in this matter. As with many of my fellow citizens, my budget for retainers and legal fees is somewhat depleted.
HARRY HOPKINS, JR.