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48-1906. Certification by chief law enforcement officer for transfer of certain firearms. (a) When the transfer of a firearm requires certification by a chief law enforcement officer in accordance with 27 C.F.R. § 479.85, in effect on January 24, 2003, a person may apply for such certification to a chief law enforcement officer. Within 15 days of receipt of a request for certification, the chief law enforcement officer shall provide such certification and approve the transfer unless a condition as provided in 27 C.F.R. § 479.85 exists which the chief law enforcement officer cannot certify because of specific acts or information directly related to the applicant. A generalized belief by the chief law enforcement officer that certain types of firearms have no lawful purpose or should not be possessed even by those who are not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing or receiving them shall not be sufficient reason to deny certification under this section. If certification of the application is not completed, the chief law enforcement officer, or such officer's designee, shall provide written notification to the applicant that certification of the application cannot be completed and the reason for such denial of certification.

(b) Any applicant whose request for certification is denied pursuant to subsection (a), may appeal such denial to the district court of the county in which the applicant resides. The district court shall review any denial of certification de novo. If the district court finds that the applicant is not prohibited by state or federal law from receiving the firearm and that there is no pending legal or administrative proceeding against the applicant which could result in such prohibition, the district court shall order the chief law enforcement officer to issue the certification. In addition to such other relief as may be ordered, the district court may award the applicant court costs and reasonable attorney's fees.

(c) Any chief law enforcement officer who certifies and approves the transfer of a firearm pursuant to this section shall not be held liable in any civil or criminal action for any act committed by another person with such firearm following such transfer.

(d) For purposes of this section:

(1) "Certification" means the written certificate required under 27 C.F.R. § 479.85, in effect on January 24, 2003, to be completed by a chief law enforcement officer for the approval of an application to transfer a firearm.

(2) "Chief law enforcement officer" means a person holding any of the offices described in 27 C.F.R. § 479.85, in effect on January 24, 2003, as eligible to provide the required certification for the transfer of a firearm.

(3) "Firearm" shall have the same meaning as provided in the federal national firearms act, 26 U.S.C. § 5845, in effect as of the effective date of this act.

History: L. 2014, ch. 97, § 1; July 1.

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