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Reasons you may not be able to purchase a gun

On Behalf of | May 31, 2022 | Blog, Firearms rights |

Frustration abounds when an attempt to buy a gun ends in denial. You only want a firearm for protection or sporting activities. Nefarious purposes are not on your mind.

Correcting this situation begins with determining the cause for refusal. There are a variety of explanations for your inability to complete a purchase.

Documentation errors

State and federal records can contain innocent mistakes. A wayward keystroke or misheard response might lead to erroneous information. A seller cannot conduct a transaction with you once this information becomes official. A professional may be able to convince authorities an inaccuracy exists.

Criminal convictions

If a judge finds you guilty of committing a crime, you may face restrictions on owning a gun. The Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban prevents domestic violence offenders from having one. The reason for this is that abusers often use firearms. As a federal law, this overrides state gun laws. Most restraining orders forbid possession while the restriction is in effect. Nearly all felonies trigger lifetime bans.

Risk reasons

Mental health may be the reason for your unsuccessful gun purchasing experience. If your past includes time at a treatment facility, that could explain your trouble. Being dishonorably discharged from the military is another possibility. In some states, obtaining a medical marijuana card can present an obstacle.

There are legitimate justifications for certain citizens not having a gun. Even if none apply to you, you might have trouble exercising your Second Amendment rights. Figure out why and you may be able to change the situation.