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nad24LA 09-27-2010 2:48 PM

How to find out if you can own a gun
My brother wants to hunt with me but he was arrested and charged with a felony about 4 years ago. He plead guilty to a misdemeanor and he's afraid he can't own a gun. He's learned his lesson and has stayed out of trouble ever since. How can we go about find out if he can own a gun. I figured I'd try to help him out because he's afraid to try to buy a gun and maybe be arrested. Any info would be helpful. Thank You, Daniel

tyrist 09-27-2010 2:53 PM

What was he convicted of?

There is a form to fill out on the CAL DOJ website to check and see if you are able to own a firearm.

foxtrotuniformlima 09-27-2010 2:55 PM

There is a form available from the CA DOJ he can fill out called a "Personal Firearms Eligibility Check Application available here:

Fill out and follow directions

nad24LA 09-27-2010 3:09 PM


Originally Posted by tyrist (Post 5028528)
What was he convicted of?

There is a form to fill out on the CAL DOJ website to check and see if you are able to own a firearm.

I think it was a drug charge with a gun enhancement, but it was a single shot 12g that i had him hold for me while I was in the military.

Oh and thanks for the doj info i printed it off for him just now. Where can he get his thumbprint of "fingerprint identification quality"

tyrist 09-27-2010 3:24 PM

A drug charge with a gun enhancement is not a misdemeanor.

Roccobro 09-27-2010 3:56 PM

Fill out the form, or go try to buy a gun. The latter is easier as there are times your allowed "to possess a firearm", but not allowed "to purchase a firearm" and just sometimes the DOJ form will say your good to buy, but you could still get denied at DROS time. With 90-120 days wait (and $20) what's the worst that can happen? Shop says no?


Mario520 09-27-2010 4:42 PM

If he pled guilty to a misdemeanor drug and gun charge then he should be okay if that's the only thing in his background. I think the only misdemeanor conviction that can prevent you from owning a gun is domestic violence convictions. Check with DOJ just to make sure.

mecam 09-27-2010 5:44 PM

My cousin had the same misdemeanor drug & gun charge 12 years ago but I think he was a minor then. It's been over 10 years so I think he is good to go. Although he doesn't want to pay full price for a home defense hand gun from an FFL and would rather save $$ by risking buying from the streets of Richmond. :rolleyes: Some people just never learn. :no:


nad24LA 09-27-2010 5:49 PM

It was a misdemeanor and I just talked to him and he believes he can't own a gun and he won't fill out the forms from doj because he say's quote" I'm not filling that out because I know I can't own a gun". I think he might be bipolar:confused: because last week he wasn't sure and wanted to know. Oh well his loss thank you guys for the information.:)

Roccobro 09-27-2010 5:51 PM

Sweet! Tell him you'll drive him to the LGS to get his first piece.


XDTRIGGERHAPPY 10-07-2010 11:58 PM

what about an expunged felony charge?

Unit74 10-08-2010 7:15 AM

It doesn't matter what he was charged with. The only thing that matters is the conviction charge.

If he plead to a Misd. he should not be a prohibited person. If it was a domestic violence charge he plead to he is screwed.

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