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I was recently denied a gun purchase because I have an M-1

misdemeanor charge of terroristic threats...
I was recently denied a gun purchase because I have an M-1 misdemeanor charge of terroristic threats on my permanent record from 1982. I was drunk at the time and the guy hit my sister so in anger I said I'd get him. I live in Philadelphia, Pa. and I'm now 66 years old. I'm a card carrying member of AA and have been clean and sober for 25 years, I really don't see why this has to haunt me for the rest of my life. I tried to appeal this decision but it was denied. I'd like to know what steps can I take to remedy this situation?
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I am sorry to hear about this situation. According to 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1), the conviction makes one ineligible here. This essentially means anyone "who has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year" is barred from possessing a gun. This also includes any family violence case regardless of range of punishment.

So on the face, one is not allowed to own a firearm. However, it is possible to have your right reinstated, but there is no guarantee. A party in your situation may wish to file for what is known as PARDON, also called CLEMENCY.

Essentially, PA may pardon your conviction. See here:

www.bop.pa.gov/application-process/Pages/Process.aspx

Now, there is no right for a pardon - it is at the state's discretion. The good news is that while many are denied, because you were young and it has been some time years, this is a better chance than most. It is important to specifically request a pardon that also reinstates your firearm right.

Once this is done, and if the conviction is pardoned, then the firearm restriction would be lifted. A pardon functions to void the conviction in the eyes of federal law. 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(20) and (a)(33).

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Thank you for your help with this matter. It's greatly appreciated.

My pleasure. Good luck.

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