I am writing this in hope of getting some advice from others that have dealt with obtaining their Class A LTC in Massachusetts. The town that I am moving to next month, Fairhaven, only issues Class A's; the hardest to obtain. My history is not spotless and I have no intention of trying to hide it. I made some mistakes in my youth and I would not trade them for the world. I learned many valuable lessons through messing up, which I might not have learned or understand as well as I do without having to have gone through them. Please do not ask why I did certain things or hound me for my mistakes. I need to live with them every day of my life, that's enough of a reminder of how much of a ******* I had been.
Just to provide a level of accuracy to those trying to help me, I will include a list of things on my record that might harm my chances as well as explanations as to why I believe those things should not bar me from owning firearms. Note, all of these instances occurred in my home state of PA
When I was 16, I was charged with "Possession of a Weapon on School Property" for having a pocket knife on me at an after school football game. Before this, I had never even heard of incidents like Columbine and Virginia Tech happening. I thought things like that happened in Africa, the Middle East, or South America and Mexico. Not here in the US! I honestly did not realize the severity of the situation and thought it preposterous that people were calling me "Dangerous" and trying to get me kicked out of my township indefinitely. All because I showed my best friend my new pocket knife. I was not trying to hurt someone. In fact I did not even know it was against the law. I know ignorance of the law is not a defense, but I'm not even trying to defend myself. It was just a stupid mistake. And one I learned a valuable lesson from. Know as many laws as possible in the place you live.
When I was 17, I was arrested for possession of a small amount of Marijuana. I was, at the time, a lost soul. I was extremely depressed for many different reasons, including the death of my grandmother and my parents divorce happening relatively close together. So I was constantly looking for ways to get out of my head, i.e. getting ****** up. (pardon my language). As a result I was again placed on juvenile probation which lasted a year and a half including a six month stint in a juvenile boot camp for failing a couple drug tests (all for marijuana) and then a month in rehab. Completed this probation.
When I was 19, I was driving home from a friends house and was pulled over for a busted tail light. I had consumed 2 beers about an hour prior to driving home and knew that I was in an alright condition to drive and needed to get home or my mom would have been really pissed. So I drove (I know stupid, never driving after any alcohol consumption again) home. When asked by the officer if I had been drinking I told him yes, what I had drank and how long ago. He asked to perform a field sobriety test which I consented to and passed. He was about to let me go on my way when he noticed on my license that I was under 21. He was then required to put me under arrest and go through that procedure. I WAS under the legal limit, the blood test from the hospital indicated I had a BAC of .045, which is perfectly acceptable for a legal age person. For cooperating with the police I was given ARD probation which I completed and paid off. Been sober ever since, except for the occasional evening with friends and family. I don't believe in AA or NA and think its more about your mindset than an actual disease.
I did notice while reviewing the MA law regarding licensing qualifications, that Marijuana offenses are not considered a disqualifying factor because it is no longer a crime in MA to possess Marijuana, it is a civil offense comparable to a traffic violation. (One good thing that MA law has done)
I also had been in treatment for mood disorders and had to be hospitalized as a young teen for suicidal thoughts and two attempts. After years of Psychotherapy and medication, it was determined that I no longer needed them for the problems seemed to have worked out. I am no longer plagued by abnormal and unrelenting thoughts. I will be getting a psychological evaluation and a letter of recommendation from a MA license psychiatrist to submit along with my application.
These are the things that have happened to me that might hurt my chances of being accepted. If anyone has any advice on how I should approach this, it would be greatly appreciated. I do not make enough money to go through an appeal process should I be denied, so I want to get this right the first time! Thanks for reading and considering helping me. Feel free to ask any questions regarding the situations above if it will help you determine the best advice for me. I have nothing to hide! Hope to hear from you guys soon!