Atlanta, GA asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Georgia

Q: Can I purchase a firearm with a GA First Offender on my record ?

I was sentenced as a GA first offender in 1996 and completed it in 2006. I also have a misdemeanor in 2004 and pled to 1year probation. it was an obstruction of officer. I have nothing else since 2005.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Under federal law, a person who has been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm. However, a GA First Offender on your record does not constitute a conviction and therefore does not automatically disqualify you from purchasing a firearm under federal law.

However, state laws may vary, and some states may have additional restrictions on firearm ownership for individuals with certain criminal records. It is important to consult with a qualified attorney or local law enforcement to determine if there are any state-specific restrictions that may apply to you.

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