Was the denial because of the Greenville County Sheriff? A friend of mine got his permit in the mail with a letter stating that the GCS didn't recommend a permit to be issued to him because of a Guilty plea of misdemeanor possession of Marijuana. They had to issue the permit because of the 90 day requirement on issue of a permit. He was stopped in the 80's in NC and charged. He made an appointment with the Sheriff and pleaded his case. The Sheriff agreed with him and wrote a letter to SLED. He's getting to keep his permit. The way it works is they send a letter to the local Sheriff and someone in the department check their record. If there is anything on the record they will deny the request. Then they send it back to SLED. Call me and I'll get you in touch with him so you can pick his brain.