What Is A NICS Appeal and How Does It Differ From A NICS Voluntary Appeal File?

NICS Appeal


The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) mains a system, National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), that examines whether an individual is eligible to purchase or possess a firearm. The system will include items such as your identification, address, past criminal convictions that may disqualify you, any information related to whether you have been involuntarily committed into a psychiatric facility, or whether you may have a protection order against you. When an individual tries to purchase a firearm, the Federal Firearm Licensed (FFL) Dealer will send your information to the NICS database. When this happens, if you have any number of various disqualifying items in your record, your purchase will be flagged and subsequently died, preventing you from completing the transaction.

When you are denied your right to purchase the firearm, we are able to help you appeal that decision, and look into your records to determine what the issue may be so that we can address those issues so prevent you from being denied in the future. That is simply referred to as a NICS appeal – an appeal of the initial decision denying your request to purchase a firearm.

A NICS voluntary appeals file is a bit different. The FBI does not keep permanent records of everything and so even if you successfully appeal their decision and are able to purchase a firearm, the evidence you provided to prove your right to possession firearms is not maintained by the FBI and it is subsequently purged from their system, creating the future possibility of have the same issue next time you want to purchase a firearm. Even if you are initially approved to purchase a firearm, over the next month or so, the ATF will be looking into your background to determine whether you actually were eligible. If they find you are not, they may show up to your house and demand you to surrender that firearm to them. This is not only potentially embarrassing, but can be very unsettling as well. To prevent these issues from occurring, you can have them maintain these documents that you used as evidence to prove your eligibility to possess firearms, i.e. a NICS voluntary appeals file, or VAF.

The attorneys at the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer and RestoreMyRecord strongly support everyone’s Constitutional rights to keep and bear arms. Unfortunately, when the government decides to infringe upon that which “Shall not be infringed,” navigating the system can be cumbersome and confusing. Luckily our attorneys have helped clients resolve over 1000 Second-Amendment-related issues, including: petitions to restore a person’s firearm possession rights, NICS appeals, NICS voluntary appeal files, clearing up issues with their NICS record, and filing for a concealed carry license. Additionally, we have also helped clients get rid of non-conviction data, protection orders, and vacated past convictions, and other items related to potential disqualification through NICS.

Officially Launching RestoreMyRecord.com


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Washington, 10th Aug. – The Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer is excited to announce RestoreMyRecord.com, a website dedicated to assisting clients in obtaining post-conviction relief from a variety of convictions in Washington. The attorney’s at RestoreMyRecord.com are experienced criminal trial attorneys who have dedicated a substantial portion of their practice to helping clients move past their convictions and related disabilities resulting from their criminal history. The attorneys who work at RestoreMyRecord.com are dedicated to making our client’s future better, and to do so with an easy and straight forward process.

Some of the services offered include:

  • Restoration of Firearm Rights;
  • Federal Firearm Application Denial Appeals;
  • Vacating a.k.a. Expunging Misdemeanor and Felony Convictions;
  • Sealing of Juvenile Criminal Records;
  • Sealing and Expunging Non-Conviction Data (i.e arrest records and dismissed cases);
  • Relief from Registration from either the Sex Offender or Kidnap Offender Registry;
  • Motions to Reduce or Remove Interest from Legal Financial Obligations;
  • Obtaining Certificates of Restoration of Opportunity for Employment purposes.

The attorneys and staff at RestoreMyRecord.com enjoy seeing client’s lives improved by obtaining a clean or cleaned up record. Hundreds of our clients have been able to enjoy new hobbies such as hunting, obtained new, better, or professional employment, and have been generally able to live a better life in the absence of a criminal history, or through other relief related to a criminal history.

The attorneys and staff at RestoreMyRecord.com understand that “Results are Everything.” In most cases, the attorneys at RestoreMyRecord.com will guarantee results and will expedite and complete your case in as little as 3-4 weeks. The attorney’s at RestoreMyRecord.com assist clients throughout the state of Washington and have practiced in dozens of jurisdictions and are able to handle cases quickly and efficiently in almost in court in the state of Washington. Consultations are always free and can be scheduled through RestoreMyRecord.com or schedule by phone. Discounts are available for honorably discharged veterans and disabled persons.

The owner and senior attorney at RestoreMyRecord.com is Erin Bradley McAleer and can be reach through RestoreMyRecord.com, by email at erin.mcaleer@mcaleerlaw.net, or by phone at (360) 334-5901. RestoreMyRecord.com is a division of the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer and is located at 3709 E. Fourth Plain Blvd, Suite A, Vancouver, WA 98661.