I do not have good news for you. A domestic violence conviction will cost you your federal gun rights. It's supposed to be a lifetime bar, but if you can get your offense expunged, set aside or pardoned by the governor, Federal law says they will reinstate you, so long as your state doesn't specifically deny you firearms rights when they grant you the expungement
, set aside, or the pardon.
Unfortunately, it does not look as if you can get your matter expunged. Arizona at best will set it aside. (See link
) Further, Arizona will not pardon a misdemeanor. The pardon process is available only to felons.
You can try the set aside, and see if that will get you somewhere, but because of the Violence against Women's Act and the Lautenberg Amendment, it may not be good enough.
There's an appeal possibility if it is denied, if your domestic violence case does not conform to the definition of a DV matter as defined in the 18 USC 1921. To lose your Federal gun rights for a DV case :
the term "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" means an offense that -
(i) is a misdemeanor under Federal, State, or Tribal (!3) law;
(ii) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical
force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a
current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a
person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person
who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a
spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to
a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.
(B)(i) A person shall not be considered to have been convicted of
such an offense for purposes of this chapter, unless -
(I) the person was represented by counsel in the case, or
knowingly and intelligently waived the right to counsel in the
(II) in the case of a prosecution for an offense described in
this paragraph for which a person was entitled to a jury trial
the jurisdiction in which the case was tried, either
(aa) the case was tried by a jury, or
(bb) the person knowingly and intelligently waived the right
to have the case tried by a jury, by guilty plea or otherwise.
(ii) A person shall not be considered to have been convicted of
such an offense for purposes of this chapter if the conviction has
been expunged or set aside, or is an offense for which the person
has been pardoned or has had civil rights restored (if the law of
the applicable jurisdiction provides for the loss of civil rights
under such an offense) unless the pardon, expungement, or
restoration of civil rights expressly provides that the person may
not ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms.