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Old August 24, 2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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Need a little help.

OK,Got in some trouble 35 years ago.Nothing bad they found some weed on me back in THE HAY DAYS. I know i cant own a hand gun. What i would like to know can i own a shoot gun? THANKS, COATHANGER,N.E.P.A.
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Old August 24, 2012, 06:20 PM   #2
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You need a lawyer. Period.
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Old August 24, 2012, 06:28 PM   #3
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It depends. Were you arrested and convicted? An arrest without conviction means nothing in some states/counties.
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Old August 24, 2012, 07:33 PM   #4
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Do you know that it was a felony?
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Old August 24, 2012, 08:46 PM   #5
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If you were convicted of a felony, you're barred from owning or being in possession of firearms of any type.

Who told you that you couldn't own a handgun? Was it a court order?
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Old August 24, 2012, 09:15 PM   #6
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It depends on the state you're in which you were charged. A friend of mine just got his expungement from Texas--very similar circumstances. North Carolina is advertising the same legal offerings with dates back to 1994. It is a rather exhausting process and involves legal fee costs, but it seems worth it just to rid an infectious concious. Contact a lawyer for details and an expungement details list. Good luck. -7-
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Old August 24, 2012, 09:24 PM   #7
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A lot of states have methods to remove those kinds of convictions...in some states teh removal of some is automatic after specified time periods. Some states you will need a lawyer, in WA it is set up so you can do the appeal yourself.

Check your state law. You will probably have to obtain a certified copy of the conviction to know exactly what needs to be done. Different courses for different convictions. Something like weed is probably very simple. (at least it is here)
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Old August 25, 2012, 10:09 AM   #8
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If you are banned from owning a handgun you are also, on the federal level, banned from owning a shotgun. Some states have slightly different rules for buying handguns versus long guns as well as for getting carry permits. Hard for Internet advise without knowing your location and specifics of the conviction.
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Old August 25, 2012, 10:21 AM   #9
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Well, just how much is some? Currently, AFAIK, different states have different guidelines. In Ohio, you mush have over 100 grams to be considered a felony possession or smaller amounts packaged individually to be considered intent to distribute. Anything under 100 grams is still a misdemeanor.

It really depends on the state - some states have revised drug laws to be a little more lenient, while others still have laws on the books that make possession of any amount a felony

Having a drug conviction doesn't discount you from owing or possessing firearms, but a felony drug conviction does
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Old August 25, 2012, 10:43 PM   #10
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Thanks for the info

Sorry to say back in THE HAY DAYS it was a FELONY. So yes i got a felony. They made me a deal. I was young and didnt know what to do. Plus my lawyer back then just got of school. Took the deal. And that was just like a convicted. THANKS EVERYONE FOR THE INFO. SORRY FOR THE TYPO.
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Old August 26, 2012, 01:14 PM   #11
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Under FEDERAL rules, muzzle-loading guns don't qualify as "firearms" - even modern replicas. You can therefore own the kind of stuff Wild Bill Hickock carried, including front-stuffer double-barrel shotguns and six-shooter percussion revolvers.

Now, some states have rules more strict than the feds, some don't. So ownership of this class of old-school stuff is legal for you only in some states. I would seriously consider researching this, and whether or not this matters for street carry or home defense only.

If you are in this boat, I would score a replica of an 1858 Remington revolver in .44 caliber cap and ball. It has certain advantages over the equivalent Colt clones - topstrap is solid so the Remmie is tougher, and you can safely lower the hammer between two chambers so you can carry it six-up.

Failing that, your best home defense setup is probably a crossbow...repeating crossbows do exist .
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Old August 26, 2012, 08:30 PM   #12
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In Texas, a convicted felon cannot possess a firearm until 10 years after his case concludes. Then, he may have one in his home. So if you were on probation for 10 years and you did not terminate it early, it would be 20 year until you could possess one in your residence from sentencing. If found to be in possession of a firearm in the interim, you would be looking at another felony charge.
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Old August 26, 2012, 09:40 PM   #13
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The State of Texas may allow firearm possession by a felon after a certain amount of time but the federal government does not and federal law would override Texas law in this case.

18 USC 922(g):
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It shall be unlawful for any person—
(1)who has been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;
to ship or transport in interstate or foreign commerce, or possess in or affecting commerce, any firearm or ammunition; or to receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.
It would also be a federal crime to knowingly provide a felon with a firearm.
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Old August 27, 2012, 02:45 AM   #14
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Again THANKS EVERYONE FOR THE INFO

I forgot to tell ya that i live in a little town in P.A. SORRY.
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Old August 27, 2012, 12:27 PM   #15
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If you want to try to regain full firearms rights, you need to speak to a lawyer who is fluent in: (1) criminal law; and (2) firearms law. The two phrases that you'll need on hand for such a conversation are: (a) expungement; and (b) restoration of rights.

Good luck!
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Old August 27, 2012, 02:34 PM   #16
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You might want to read this and be very familure with it:

http://reference.pafoa.org/statutes/...-commonwealth/

BTW: This sounds similar to WA law. I which case you can probably do it yourself. In our state it is specifically set up to do it yourself without a lawyer, and the lawyers here will not even talk to you about it (unless it was a major felony (like intent to distribute), not just for possession.

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Old August 27, 2012, 05:54 PM   #17
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Sorry to say back in THE HAY DAYS it was a FELONY.
This statement gives the impression that the possession charge for which you were convicted was a felony at the time of your conviction, but that the same charge would no longer be a felony today. If this is the case, it may be significant in that it might make the process of getting your rights restored much easier.
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Old August 28, 2012, 12:48 AM   #18
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The PA definitions of "firearm" and "loaded" don't make any allowance for percussion guns, unfortunately:

http://reference.pafoa.org/statutes/...2/definitions/

So the front-stuffer option is out in PA. I know it's still a thing in some states...anybody know which ones? Maybe this dude could move?
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