My name is ***** ***** I am an experienced criminal
Unfortunately, I do not have good news for you. A conviction for a crime of domestic violence
costs an offender both his state and Federal gun
rights. Under the Violence against Women Act and the Lautenberg Amendment, the Federal bar against your gun rights is for life. Without Federal rights, state rights are not meaningful as you could still be charged with a Federal offense as a felon in possession of a firearm.
You will not be able to clear a NICs check if your domestic assault:
". . . 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." See 18 USC 921 (33)(A)(ii)
If you can get your felony expunged or pardoned, however, the Federal government can lift that bar. As far as an expungement
in Virginia is concerned, your state will only expunge convcitions if there's a pardon from your governor.
Pardons are free, so you might as well try for one. You can learn more about the pardon and download the forms here.