In pa if i was charged with a felony but not convicted, can i still get A GUN ?
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Any felony conviction in Pennsylvania (under the state's current laws), would trigger a federal firearms prohibition. However, only knowing that you were not convicted of the felony is not enough, as there are many categories of prohibited persons. 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(4) actually bars those who have been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment over one year (or over two years if a state law misdemeanor offense). There are many ways that a criminal prosecution can end without a felony conviction, but still result in a state and/or federal firearms prohibition. Some examples include: pleading to misdemeanor offense that could still be prohibiting, entering an ARD or other diversionary program with temporary probation and terms barring possession of firearms, etc.
You should speak with an attorney familiar with the applicable state and federal firearms laws who could take a more detailed look at all of the circumstances before you attempt to purchase a firearm. The consequences for making a false statement on the forms necessary to purchase a firearm can be severe.
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The federal prohibition under 18 U.S.C. section 922(g)(3) arises from a felony conviction. If you haven't been convicted of a felony, and are not otherwise prohibited, then you should be able to acquire and possess firearms and ammunition. You may want to consult with a local gun law attorney for specifics.