In Pennsylvania, Simple Assault is most commonly a misdemenaor of the second degree, though it can also be a misdemeanor of the third degree. In an of itself, a conviction for Simple Assault does not preclude an individual from owning a firearm or obtaining a concealed carry permit. There may be a challenge levied by the Sheriff or Pennsylvania State Police to prevent licensure, but that is subject to review before a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas.
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The conviction in and of itself may not prevent the person from securing a license, however, the Sheriff may otherwise determine that the individual should not be licensed. He should retain an attorney to assist with the process.
I agree wholeheartedly with the responses of my learned colleagues on this question. The answer is no but there may be problems encountered. Local counsel could make it far easier to navigate this area.
The VUFA statute won't allow you to have a license if you were convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year in prison. A M1 is punishable up to 5 years in jail. I'm gonna have to say he cannot get a license. He can possess a gun (no license) in his home if not excluded by federal law which i believe excludes you from possessing a gun if you have a felony conviction.