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In 1977 I was charged with marijuana possession with intent to distribute. I was on probation for one year I was denied a gun purchase although state of MD approved my "Hand gun qualification" certificate though they denied me after I tried to purchase a handgun. That was (40) years ago how long can this be held against me?

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Maryland

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I am 65 years old retired after 42 years of federal service six years Army National Guard and honorably discharged.

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A person that is deemed an "unlawful user of a controlled substance or addicted to any controlled substance", which is defined by 27 CFR 478.11, is precluded from possessing a firearm. This definition includes people who were convicted of possession of a controlled substance within one year or who have multiple convictions within the past five years.Therefore an older Single misdemeanor conviction should not defeat the application.For felonies there is a 20 year waiting period and then one can apply to remove the restriction. Please seehttp://ccresourcecenter.org/state-restoration-profiles/maryland-restoration-of-rights-pardon-expungement-sealing/
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