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Question about buying a firearm in PA?

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I was charged with a misdemeanor of harassment as a juvenile (first and only offense) and I am now an adult and considering buying a rifle. I'm wondering if that charge would prevent me from purchasing and owning a firearm?

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A convicted felon may not possess a firearm as a matter of federal law.

You were only charged with a misdemeanor. You have to be convicted of a felony before the questions of whether you may or may not possess a firearm even comes up.

I hope this helps.

Good luck to you.

Good luck to you.

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My colleague's answer is correct as far as it goes. There are also misdemeanors that will keep you from owning a gun under federal law, such as misdemeanor domestic violence. You say you were convicted of harassment. If it was harassment of a family member or girlfriend you could have a problem.


Your post says you were only charged with a misdemeanor, right?