Anderson, SC asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina

Q: Can I buy a firearm if I plead guilty to distribution of cocaine?

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Stephen Grooms
Stephen Grooms
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Licensed in South Carolina

A: You can always buy a firearm if someone is willing to sell it to you. The question is will your possession of that firearm be an illegal act. Distribution of Cocaine is a felony in South Carolina, but you will not be restricted from owning a firearm under South Carolina law as this is not an violent offense listed under 16-1-60. You are however likely prohibited from owning a firearm under Federal law due to the offense being a felony that carries over 1 year. So what that means is, a federal agency could bring charges against you in Federal court, but South Carolina law enforcement will be unable to bring charges in State court based solely on your prior distribution conviction.

I hope that helps to answer your question.

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