Can I purchase a firearm if I was charged with domestic violence 9 years ago but my criminal record says disposition: Dismissed?

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Can I purchase a firearm if I was charged with domestic violence 9 years ago but my criminal record says disposition: Dismissed?

Does this mean I will be able to purchase a firearm?

Asked on November 30, 2011 under Criminal Law, Florida

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

What you have written seems to indicate that you were charged with a criminal act but were never convicted of it in that the case was dismissed. If you never plead out to a domestic violence charge or went to trial, then you were not convicted.

Given what you have written and assuming you have no felony convictions on your record, there should be no reason why you cannot purchase a firearm assuming you are over 18 years of age. You may be required to register the firearm you intend to buy.


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