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Am I allowed to purchase a firearm in PA with an arrest from…

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Am I allowed to purchase a firearm in PA with an arrest from 2003 ? I was arrested for Possession of marijuana when I was 16 in New York.

Lawyer's Assistant: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in? And when did this happen?

I currently live in PA and I was arrested back in NY of 2003.

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

I had to do community service , I didn't do any jail time or have any probabtion

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Criminal Lawyer: legalgems, Lawyer replied 1 month ago
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Criminal Lawyer: legalgems, Lawyer replied 1 month ago

Parties convicted of violations of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act are precluded from gun ownership pursuant to 35 Pa. Stat. Ann. § 780-101 et seq.

However it is possible to file a motion with the court requesting permission to own a gun. Please see 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 6105(d).

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I purchased a firearm 5 years ago with no issues. Why is it an issue now?
Criminal Lawyer: legalgems, Lawyer replied 1 month ago

Perhaps the conviction did not appear during the background check conducted before.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
am I not allowed to own my firearm then?
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
How can something not appear on record one year then appears another? Is the system not that thorough enough on purchasing firearms ?
Criminal Lawyer: legalgems, Lawyer replied 1 month ago

Pursuant to 35 PA Stat Ann 780-101 et seq it would require court approval.

There have been instances where the required background check misses past convictions. Please see for example:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/fbi-database-for-gun-buyers-missing-millions-of-records/2017/11/10/dd87ff8c-c4c4-11e7-aae0-cb18a8c29c65_story.html

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Criminal Lawyer: legalgems, Lawyer replied 1 month ago

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