Would prior misdemeanor drug charges affect my ability to own a firearm? 20 Answers as of June 27, 2013

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Law Office of Michael E. Dailey
Law Office of Michael E. Dailey | Michael E. Dailey
Usually misdemeanor convictions have no effect on obtaining a firearm unless there is a condition of a probation that prohibits such action. Even then it would in the form of a probation violation rather than legally preventing gun ownership.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 9/18/2012
Schwimmer Skantze
Schwimmer Skantze | Rafe Schwimmer
No.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 5/22/2013
Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
Not unless there were probation conditions which have not expired or domestic violence.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/18/2012
Law Offices of John Carney
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
It may effect your chances but only a felony makes you ineligible to get a gun permit or possess a firearm. Most people with a misdemeanor conviction will not have a problem.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 9/18/2012
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
Depends on what they were and how old.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/27/2013
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    Maybe and maybe not. You are not allowed to own or possess a firearm if you have an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Not unless the court imposed a firearms ban on you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/27/2013
    Attorney at Law | Michael P. Vollandt
    Usually no. Felonies usually are the ones that require the life long prohibition. A domestic violence criminal misdemeanor conviction keeps a 10 year prohibition of owing a firearm.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger | James A Schoenberger
    No, only a Domestic Violence misdemeanor or a felony affects firearm rights. This communication is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information this is PRIVILEGED or CONFIDENTIAL. If you are not the intended recipient or the employee or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is specifically prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender immediately by reply email and delete the original.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    Havens Law, LLC
    Havens Law, LLC | William Havens Nebeker
    No People who are prohibited from owning a firearm in Utah include the following:Persons convicted of a crime of violence Defined as "aggravated murder, murder, manslaughter, rape, mayhem, kidnapping, robbery, burglary, housebreaking, extortion, or blackmail accompanied by threats of violence, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to commit any offense punishable by imprisonment for more than one year, arson punishable by more than one year, or attempt to commit any of these offenses." Addicted to illegal. over been adjudicated mentally incompetent or committed to a mental institution .On parole or probation, or under indictment
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    No.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/22/2013
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/22/2013
    The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones
    The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones | B. Elaine Jones
    A misdeameanor drug charge will not prevent you from legally owning a gun. Only a felony conviction legally takes away your right to own a gun. Hope this helps you out.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    No only certain domestic violence convictions disqualify one from owning a firearm.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    No.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 5/22/2013
    Myles Hahn III Attorney at Law | Myles Hahn III
    Apply for the FOID card to the Illinois State Police. They will advise if you qualify or not. It MAY become necessary for you to retain an attorney to look into the prior case. There may have been a defect in the trial or guilty plea which could possibly allow you to re-open the case. This is speculative and not a certainty.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
    Misdemeanor level drug charges are not considered "crimes of violence" and therefore should not affect your ability to own a firearm.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    Law Office of Gregory Crain | Gregory Crain
    No.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 5/22/2013
    Law Office of Richard G. Terry | Richard G. Terry
    Generally speaking misdemeanors involving drugs do not affect any rights to own or possess firearms, only felonies, batteries or spousal abuse charges will effect that right.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    Mary W Craig P.C. | Mary W Craig
    A misdemeanor conviction should not affect your ability to own a firearm. Federal laws prohibit felons from owning or having access to firearms. Your state may have stricter laws, however, and you should consult a local lawyer to be sure.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 9/18/2012
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