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  1. Form 4473 for firearm purchase

    Good evening everyone. I got a phone call this morning from one of my NRA Basic Pistol students who had a question that I could just not even begin to answer. I figured Id call the NRA-ILA on monday but, in the meantime id put it out here to the comittee for consideration. The question is this:

    "I want to purchase a gun at a local gun store here in Rhode Island. The yellow application asks if I've ever been convicted of crime of violence. Do I need to answer yes If I was convicted of a violent crime as a minor and the record is now sealed"?
    Retired US Army Medic
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    I wouldn't even call the ILA...I'd call your State Attorney General's office. I have done so for similar reasons here in Indiana, and have always been treated respectfully, and have never been asked for names, or other ID information. If your student will pose the question to the Atty Gen by email, the response can be printed for future use.

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  4. Thanks alot Marine, the only reason I was thinking NRA instead of the AG is that it is a federal form. I should just tell the guy who to call, but I really want to know the answer for future classes.
    Retired US Army Medic
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    If it were me I'd advise them that they can never get a gun. We don't want violent former criminals getting guns. They didn't say it was set aside. They said it was sealed. For all you know they killed someone. Let them do all the legwork.
    Avidshooter (Texas)
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  6. I just pulled up a fillable version of the 4473 off of the internet. The question is actually not specific to that of a violent crime but to that of any felony where the judge could have imprisoned the person for more than one year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AvidshooterTX View Post
    If it were me I'd advise them that they can never get a gun. We don't want violent former criminals getting guns. They didn't say it was set aside. They said it was sealed. For all you know they killed someone. Let them do all the legwork.
    Are you for real? Sure he could be a murderer. He could also have gotten into a schoolyard fight and broke some little pansy's nose.

    So, am I to understand you in that if someone has ever done anything violent they should not own a firearm? Well, if that is the case then pretty much everyone is screwed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marissa View Post
    Are you for real? Sure he could be a murderer. He could also have gotten into a schoolyard fight and broke some little pansy's nose.

    So, am I to understand you in that if someone has ever done anything violent they should not own a firearm? Well, if that is the case then pretty much everyone is screwed.
    No, I just want them to work for it. Make him do all the phonecalls and finding out whom to contact.
    Avidshooter (Texas)
    "The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits." -- Plutarch

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    I don't even see that question on the 4473.

    There is question regarding "domestic violence" but not just "violence"

    I'm confused. Where is he getting this question from ?
    "When a government robs Peter to pay Paul it will alway's have the support of Paul" George Bernard Shaw

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    Well as a seller of firearms, If you read the form a little further it says that if you answer yes to anyone of the questions except for number1 (are you the actual buyer of the firearm) then the FFl dealer can not even call it in to the nics operation.
    The question is in regards to things that are still on your record and you are not being truthfull not for things that might have been defered or are sealed in a juvinile record.
    Jesus never told Peter to not carry a sword He only told him not to live by it

  11. Quote Originally Posted by AvidshooterTX View Post
    If it were me I'd advise them that they can never get a gun. We don't want violent former criminals getting guns. They didn't say it was set aside. They said it was sealed. For all you know they killed someone. Let them do all the legwork.
    That is correct. Unfortunately, some crimes put people in jail in one state but not another. A voilent crime committed by a minor may be sealed. Does not mean not convicted, nor does it tell you if they were 7 or 17.

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