Tucson, AZ asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Arizona

Q: I was convicted of misdemeanor possession of offensive weapon in NYS in 1992. Will this prevent me from purchasing a

Firearm in my now residential state of Arizona. The p.o.w. charge was for a knife with knuckle holes laying in the back of my truck. Said knife is not illegal in Arizona so would that fall under state misdemeanor?

1 Lawyer Answer
Mike Branum
Mike Branum
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Saint George, UT
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: It sounds like you are referencing a fourth degree weapons charge. That is a class A misdemeanor in New York, punishable by up to 364 days in jail. Since the crime you were convicted of does not carry the potential for incarceration over one year, you should be able to pass a background check. If you are denied your right to purchase, I would consult with an attorney who specializes in FBI NICS appeals.

If you go initiate a firearm purchase, you should know within minutes whether you have a problem or not. The easiest way to answer your question is to go to a gun store and pick out something you like.

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