Q: I recently applied for my firearms license in NJ. I was denied due to my "violent and aggressive history."
I've been in a relationship for 6 years now and he had a nasty divorce/custody battle in the first three years. His ex-wife filed multiple false police reports against me thinking that it would sway the custody verdict but she ultimately lost custody. In one of the reports, she coached her daughter into telling police that I abuse her. That was 3-4 years ago. She continues to show up at my house unannounced causing issues. It was more frequent before but has died down since COVID. The police told me that there's nothing they can do because of her infrequent visits but to call the police when she does show up. Fast forward to this year, I applied for a firearms permit and they denied me because of my "violent and aggressive history towards adults and kids." I'm not a violent person, nor have I even been especially not with children. My concern is not necessarily with the permit but can this haunt me and potentially get my child taken away? Can I have those removed?
A: I would contact your local police chief and / or the county prosecutors office and ask for the background search material and the source[s] giving rise to the concerns voiced about you. The less confrontational you are with them, the more likely they will be to provide the information sought ( since you have indicated that you are not planning of seeking an appeal of the decision). Alternatively, you can seek an appeal of the decision, which means filing a lawsuit, seeking to have a hearing and having a superior court judge overturn the decision of the police chief.
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