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It's generally felonies and misdemeanors, wherever they occur. They definitely show up at the Federal and State level, and even from large municipalities that have local ordinances that result in misdemeanor or felony level offenses. For example, in New York City, reckless driving is a misdemeanor, even though it's a non-criminal traffic offense elsewhere. That would show up in a Federal background check. So the point is not so much at what level (Federal, state, local) the crimes occurred, but rather the severity of the crimes and if the individual was convicted of the crime or not.
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