Convicted in California, live in Washington – Want to possess a firearm
I know there have been a few posts with the same general question but have yet to find an answer due to the fact that everyone’s situation is different. At age 17, in spring of 1998, I pled guilty to a 211 Robbery in the Superior Court of Los Angeles and served a total sentence of 365 days in a juvenile facility even though I was convicted as an adult. After serving my sentence and having my probation terminated almost three years early I submitted a request for an expungement which was not contested and my case was therefore dismissed pursuant to 1203.4. I have no other criminal record; I have been a productive citizen and am now in the U.S. Army living in Washington State. I applied and was granted by the State of Washington a license to carry a concealed weapon a few months ago where they finger printed me and conducted several state and federal background checks. Today, I attempted to purchase a handgun at a local gun shop, and in the process of running a background check through the FBI’s NICS, I found out that I was denied. I immediately came home and filed an appeal via email with all my court records. While I wait for an unknown amount of time for a response I started researching my rights and what the laws actually are. It is very confusing what I found because it seems that it really depends on what state you’re in at the time of possession.
Now that I have rambled on, my question maybe simple but I have a feeling the answer will be complex. So, can I, or can I not possess firearms? And if not, what can I do, if anything to restore this right? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
P.S. I will be posting this thread in the main Expungements & Pardons forum also.