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In 2001, I plead guilty to a simple battery charge (forcible misdemeanor) in Georgia that was related to a domestic violence incident. I would like to apply for a Georgia Firearms License. According to Georgia law (OCGA 16-11-129) I would be eligible five years after the conviction. However, according to the same law, I am subjected to the federal law (18 U.S.C. Section 922) which indicates that anyone who has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence can't possess a firearm.
My questions are...
1. Is there something on my criminal record that specifically tags my conviction as "Domestic Violence"?
2. If so, does that tag drop off after the five year period?
3. If not, is there something I can do to get my rights restored?
4. If my rights are restored, will the FBI records no longer indicate a "Domestic Violence" flag during an instant background check, or will that always exist?
I ask these questions in advance as I have neither applied for a Georgia Firearm License, nor have I been turned down during an instant background check.