When I was 18 I got into a fight with my father, after going to court and pleading guilty was told that I would be unable to get a firearm for a period of time. This was told to me by the public defender. I just can't remember the time bracket.
If you have a conviction for a domestic violence offense, you are a restricted possessor of firearms. Depending on how long ago since the conviction, you may be eligible to have your record expunged.
You should contact a local criminal defense attorney who can look up your case and give you specific advice based upon the specifics of your case.
If convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, you cannot have a firearm until you go through the process of having the conviction expunged. Usually DV convictions are class B misdemeanors so you would have to wait 4 years. If for some reason it was raised to a class A, then you would have to wait 5 years or if it was lowered to a class C, then three years. Your victim is given a chance to provide input on whether the conviction should be expunged. If they object, the court could decline to expunge the record and you would remain prohibited from having a firearm. It’s not just you can’t purchase a firearm, you cannot posses one. No hunting, no range shooting, no possession.
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