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I got bad conduct discharge from marine corps in 1966...

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I got bad conduct...

I got bad conduct discharge from marine corps in 1966... does that keep me from buying firearm? did not commit felony.

Lawyer's Assistant: Are you overseas or stateside?

State side

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to anyone in the chain of command about this?

No

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Military Lawyer: Ely, Counselor at Law replied 1 year ago
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I am going to assume that you were first tried under UCMJ and convicted. If so, what was it for, please?

This is not an answer, but an information request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I was ua for a while so to a theat so they gave me a special court martial six months and the bcd
Military Lawyer: Ely, Counselor at Law replied 1 year ago
Thank you.
You are disallowed to own a firearm under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) if:
1) You have a conviction for domestic violence (misdemeanor or felony), or
2) You have a conviction for anything where the punishment range is over a year (which is termed a felony under federal law).
UCMJ does not classify crimes as felony or misdemeanors. Rather, the conduct can take the form of a Summary Court Martial, Special Court Martial, or General Court Martial.
The standard for this purpose is that a Special Court Martial similar to a misdemeanor and conviction at a General Court Martial is similar to a felony. Summary court martial is generally not considered.
So, you had a Special Court Martial. Therefore, unless this was for domestic violence (and it does not sound like it), this should not disqualify someone in your situation from firearm ownership.
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Military Lawyer: Ely, Counselor at Law replied 1 year ago
Hello again. This is a courtesy check in to see if you needed anything else in regards ***** ***** question because you never responded or replied positively. I am simply touching base. Let me know. Thanks!
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Thank you very much i
Military Lawyer: Ely, Counselor at Law replied 1 year ago

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