Is a felony conviction on my criminal record the only thing that could preclude me from purchasing a firearm?

No. There are many other reasons that someone could be precluded from purchasing a firearm.  Some more common overlooked reasons include:

  • A conviction of ANY crime for which the judge could imprison you for more than one year, even if you received a shorter sentence including probation  (In Pennsylvania, this would include any 1st Degree Misdemeanor or higher)
  • An involuntary mental health commitment
  • 3 DUI convictions in a 5 year period
  • Misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence

*Note: These are lifetime preclusions.