Federal Firearms License?

If I have an expunged misdemeanor of domestic violence, will I be qualified to get a federal firearms license? (The punishment was set to doing 43 hours of community work.)
Having such crime expunged would restore gun rights and thus the rights to enlist in the army. How would a firearm dealer do any more harm than a soldier?
Answer carefully!
The misdemeanor is from Norway (Europe) and expunged in Norway, many years before moving to USA.

Diana B: To reply your answer, a Federal Firearms Dealer would be under the supervision of the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and several Law Enforcement Agencies.
Robert > The problem is, what I did back in Norway according to the court of law, was not and is not considered a crime. BUT I still commited violence.
So what I did was written in that register where speeding tickets go. Not the register of crime. So did I commit a crime in Norway? No. Did I break the law, yes. It’s less than a misdemeanor. So it’s like… a "Speeding ticket" of domestic violence.

4 thoughts on “Federal Firearms License?”

  1. You MAY qualify for an FFL, but only if the question regarding crimnal history does not read"Have you ever been charged with a crime". Ever means ever. Even if you were convicted in Europe, because that is still "ever".
    It has been a long time sisce I had my FFL, so that is why I am unsure about that one.
    Regarding your second question; a soldiers weapon and ammunition is under much more control, when he/she is not actually using it.So allow me to answer a question with a question.
    If a soldiers weapon is to cause death, and a FFL dealer sold a weapon to someone that, lets say not being completely honest when filling out the BATF 3374, and that person is bent on killing people with that weapon, and is successful, are you equally responsible for the deaths of those that were killed? Is the manufacturer of the weapon responsible? No, you are not.
    BUT and the big BUT, anti gun activists will try to tie you into this, by using the argument that YOU supplied the weapon, therefore you are as guilty as the murderer. But in reality, the only person responsible is the one who squeezed the trigger.
    I think that was one of the reasons I did not renew my FFL, because I didn’t want to deal with the bullshit anymore.

  2. You probably won’t get it. A conviction is a conviction, expunged or not. It’s especially problematic in that it was a conviction for an act of violence towards another person. That’s just the sort of person we do not want handling firearms!

  3. A lot depends on state law. For example, in Virginia, there are three viewpoints to expungement:
    "…three situations. The first is if you are found not guilty of a charge by the court. The second is if the commonwealth attorney takes a nolle prosequi or the charge is otherwise dismissed against the defendant. Third, an expungement may be ordered if the defendant is granted an absolute pardon for a crime of which he was unjustly convicted."

    Obviously you need a lawyer’s advice.

  4. An expunged arrest or a conviction?

    Your record is never truly expunged – there are judges in some states who have access to criminal records that can be conditionally unsealed. Also, there is no general law for how cases are expunged – you have to be sure what those are of your state.

    AFAIK, granting licenses is largely a matter of discretion, so it can be used against you.

    "How would a firearm dealer do any more harm than a soldier?"

    I don;t see the connection between the two. One of them performs a service under the command of a superior. The other has a privilige for business purposes that benefits him and has no guarantee for supervision.

    Also an armed soldier is limited to what he can do w/his weapon and a few men under his command, while a FFL holder can arm any number of citizens.

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