If when I ran a background check on myself a simple assault charge popped up from 8 years ago, can I purchase a firearm?

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If when I ran a background check on myself a simple assault charge popped up from 8 years ago, can I purchase a firearm?

Asked on October 12, 2014 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Charged and convicted are two different things and important here in the meaning of the statute. Those convicted of a crime of violence will have a problem.  Pennsylvania has one of the most complicated and detailed statutes for gun laws and distinguishes between purchasing, possessing, carrying etc., a firearm.  I would speak with an attorney in your area about the charge and expungement and what exactly you wish to do with the gun. 


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