COVID-19 and Gun Rights

COVID-19 and Gun Rights

Pandemic and National Emergency

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic due to the rapid outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus, which was first detected in China and which has now spread to more than 100 locations internationally, including the United States. On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared the outbreak a National Emergency.  

A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease and can happen when a new virus develops. Since the virus is new, there are no pre-existing immunities, and the virus is, therefore, able to spread rapidly from person-to-person. Dubbed “coronavirus disease 2019,” or “COVID-19” for short, early cases from China imply that it is a respiratory infection that ranges from very mild (some even report no symptoms) to severe, including illness and death. While most cases are mild, the elderly and those with severe chronic medical conditions – like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes – seem to be at much higher risk. 

The Situation in the United States

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that different parts of the country are seeing different levels of COVID-19, or coronavirus, activity and explains that “the United States is currently in the initiation phase” with at least three US states experiencing “sustained community spread.” They state that we can expect more instances of community spread and that “widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur” with “most the U.S. population [being] exposed to this virus.” They also state the following: 

Widespread transmission of COVID-19 could translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time. Schools, childcare centers, and workplaces, may experience more absenteeism. Mass gatherings may be sparsely attended or postponed. Public health and healthcare systems may become overloaded, with elevated rates of hospitalizations and deaths. Other critical infrastructure, such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, and sectors of the transportation industry may also be affected. Healthcare providers and hospitals may be overwhelmed. 

While we should not allow these predictions to lead to hysteria or panic, we also want to be wise and do what is necessary to plan for the long-haul. As a law firm that specializes in gun rights restoration, we understand how COVID-19 and gun rights interact together and are knowledgeable in what may need to be done in order to restore your firearm rights. However, given that many of these legal remedies take time to work their way through the Courts (which are also experiencing closures), we recommend beginning right away. 

What Can be Done? How to Restore Your Gun Rights During COVID-19

If you want to learn more about COVID-19 and gun rights, our law firm can assist you in several ways: 

Let the experts evaluate your case. Founding attorney Shea M. Randall will begin by performing a CA Firearm Rights Analysis where he will review your CA Department of Justice (DOJ) Report to verify your eligibility to restore your gun rights. The Analysis typically takes 1 to 2 weeks for completion. During this time, you will have access to our online client portal where you can seamlessly track the progress of your casework. Upon completion of the Analysis, the cost of the Analysis may be credited towards the cost of the legal remedies you qualify for to restore your gun rights. If you decide to move forward, Mr. Randall will then begin right away on filing your relevant cases with the Courts to begin the process of restoring your firearm rights. To learn more about the gun rights restoration process with our firm, including common reasons for gun purchase denials, see our service page or sign up online today

Obtain your record as soon as possible. Simply relying on court records is not enough. Within California, courts, police departments, and other criminal justice agencies transmit case outcomes, arrests, and other information to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) who then create a master record. This report is officially known as your “California Criminal History Summary Report” or “Department of Justice” or “DOJ” report for short. Some also refer to it as a “Livescan” since it is obtained by performing a livescan of your fingerprints, similar to traditional ink fingerprinting of the past. This state report is often also the basis of federal reports, such as your FBI report. Your DOJ report, however, can sometimes have errors, which can prevent you from owning a firearm. We can provide guidance on how to obtain this report for yourself and will use this as the basis of your gun rights restoration case analysis. To find out how to pull your CA DOJ report, follow these instructions here or call or office today at (888) 751-5329 or message us using the contact form below. 

Request you CA Firearm Eligibility Check. Though the CA Firearm Eligibility Check is not as thorough as the DOJ Report itself, the Eligibility Check will provide some insight on the exact reason for denial. While the letter will not explain how to restore your rights, it will at the least provide some detail on why you are being denied. For example, the purchase denial may be due to an old felony case and the letter will show the case in question. This letter, similar to the DOJ, should also be secured and uploaded to us for a thorough review during the Analysis. 

Again, since this is a developing situation: time is of the essence and we suggest beginning right away. Lifeback Legal is a division of the Law Firm of Shea M. Randall, a trusted California Law Firm. We specialize in helping individuals get their life back with California criminal record expungements and federal licensing services. We have become one of the leading providers of gun right restorations and understand COVID-19 and gun rights. We are experienced in dealing with the headache that can be caused by having your Second Amendment rights taken away.

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