Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ask The Michigan CPL Instructor: Can I Get A CPL With 15 Year Old Domestic Violence Conviction?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor
Q: Hello Rick.. .I have a question, and I am sure you have gotten it more than once. But if I pleaded out to a domestic violence charge over fifteen years ago. Is it safe to assume that Federal Firearm laws state that I cannot be in possession of a firearm or ammo, but Michigan law says I can have a CCW permit? I find this confusing and refuse to buy a pistol, because of this. Can you clarify for me? Also how would this effect my wife's ability to proceed with her desire to obtain a CCW and pistol? Thank you.

A. Your biggest issue with respect to your aspirations of one day receiving a CPL, as you suggested, is going to be your DV conviction regardless of whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor. Since 15 years have passed since your DV plea, you may be eligible for an expungement. If you need a referral, I can put you in contact with an attorney who can further help you in this regard. Furthermore, your personal issues do not legally impact your wife's eligibility for a CPL.

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

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Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Phone: 313.733.74

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