Franklin, TN asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee

Q: I had a felony in Indiana for possession of anhydrous ammonia. It was expunged in 2017. Can I have firearm in Tennessee

The felony conviction was 20 years ago.

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Anthony M. Avery
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  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: TN caselaw says that once you are expunged, you return to a person with no outstanding charges related to the expunged charge, nor are you convicted. However Federal law is different, and they do no wish to abide by State expungements. It is very doubtful that a NCIC will produce an ineligible response, but it is possible. You appear not to have a firearm disability for TN purposes but the Feds could possibly go after you. I advise to stay away from FFL's.

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