You reapply for the permit! If your misdemeanor was dismissed, and there's nothing lease on your record, you should be able to get your permit. If you have a conviction, then you need to disclose that and your chances are less.
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I agree with what was said above. I would first look into the conviction history to determine exactly what happened to the assault case many years ago and whether it is still on your record. With that information, you should re-apply and disclose. An attorney can certainly help you with this process, especially one familiar with the pistol permit process and the board of firearms permit examiners (appeals) process.
Attorney Mark D. Colson
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