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Can an arrest but no conviction for DV keep me from purchasing

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Can an arrest but no conviction for DV keep me from purchasing a gun? My application has been delayed for 30 days now.

Good morning Daniel,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

I'm sorry to say that the mere arrest for domestic violence automatically puts a halt to your right to purchase a firearm. If you are acquitted of the charge, or the charges are dropped, then you would regain your right to purchase a gun.

I wish you the best in 2013.

I understand that you may be disappointed by the Answer you received, as it was not particularly favorable to your situation. Had I been able to provide an Answer which might have given you a successful legal outcome, it would have been my pleasure to do so.

You may reply back to me using the Reply to Expert link if you have additional questions.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
The arrest was back in 2001 and they found that it was self defense from the statement my ex wife gave. The charges were dropped against me
When you say dropped---do you mean 100% dropped?

Not that you did 6 months informal probation, or took a class or paid a $20 fine and they dismissed the charges---but you were never prosecuted, you never cut a deal with the DA---nothing like that?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
It is not on my criminal record only shows up as an arrest

You wrote: It is not on my criminal record only shows up as an arrest.

That may be true, but that was not what I asked, or suggested.We are dealing with federal law here and there was a reason that I stated what I did.

Did you take a class, or pay a fine or do any informal probation---or absolutely anything in order for the charged to be dropped?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
My first response was never

Thank you for clarifying that Daniel. It was not clear what the word never was intended to mean.

If you intimately receive a denial of the right to purchase based on your arrest, then you will need to file an appeal with the FBI. You see the FBI was notified of the arrest---but they were not notified of the dismissal. And, with only the record of arrest for DV---that is an automatic denial under federal law.

If you have been denied a firearm transfer after you have had the charged dismissed and no prosecution of any kind, you may access the following FBI website for information about appealing your denial, and be sure to send a copy of any expungement order you might have with your appeal:

You may reply back to me again, using the Reply to Expert link, if you have additional questions.

I wish you the best in your future,


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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thanks Doug. That might be why it is perpetually stuck in "delayed" status. Not denied

Yes, that might account for the sticking point.

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