I wouldlike to purchase a firearm for hunting purposes. I currently serve in the US Army at Fort Bragg NC, And I'm a resident of the state. I had a felony conviction in Indiana for Child support In 2003. Following the conviction and release from custudy, I reenlisted in the Army and 2006 and continued to serve since. Can I purchase and own a firearm legally?
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This is actually a very complicated question. Do not purchase or possess a firearm until you speak with a lawyer, as the consequences can be devastating. Do not take what I'm going to write next as the final word or as legal advice.
First, you may not be a felon for NC Felon in Possession of a Firearm statute purposes because that statute requires that if the felony from another state is not also a felony in North Carolina, then the person is not a felony for purposes of the NC Felon in Possession of a Firearm Statute. (Note, this statutory construction differs from other felon-classification statutes in NC.) Note that non-support of a child is generally punished as a misdemeanor in NC.
Second, you may not be a felon for federal purposes, because under U.S. v. Simmons, the conviction in Indiana may not have had the possibility of you serving more than 1 year in prison.
I'm surprised that the Army allowed you to re-enlist as a felon. I didn't think that was possible, so it leads me to believe you may not be a felon.
On a cautionary note, talk to a lawyer because the consequences of being a felon in possession of a firearm under state law is a Class G felony and under federal law is 0 to 10 years in prison.
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You may need a pardon or clemency, both in Indiana and Federal.
Look at this site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/ut/psn/documents/guncard.pdf.
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