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    Eligibility Question

    How far back do they look on the back ground check?

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    Depends on which area you are talking about. One question is have you been treated for alcohol addition during the last 5 years, so they will look back 5 years. If the question is are you a felon, then it goes back to your birth.

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    Depends on where you live. It usually says right on the application.
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    I live in Gaston County NC , it has been almost 20 years since I have been in any kind of trouble. The application does not state how far back they look I have never been convicted of a felony. Is there a place I can look to see if I am eligible?

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    Just apply, then you will know what you need to do. I don't know about NC but as long as you are honest on the Ga. application: you are simply turned down, don't know if they tell you why but I expect you can find out.
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    Is NC a 'shall issue' state? No alcohol, drugs, misdemenors, or especially 'Domestic Violence', you should be OK.

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    My CWP class instructor advised us to list everything. He said it is better for you to list it than SLED to find it. This is in SC.

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    If the question does not specify a time frame, then list it. In most states omission of a misdemeanor or felony conviction is justification for denial and possibly leave you open to felony charges.
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    In MA, everything is checked (mental health, drug/alcohol treatment, criminal charges) back to the day you were born.

    Failure to disclose (even if not a disqualifier) can result in denial and possible perjury charges.
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    IMHO, get yourself hooked up with a good attorney - he and his investigators have access to databases and records and can access them faster than if you tried to do it yourself, either online or at the courthouse. Then he definetely can tell you if you have any disqualifiers lurking somewhere, and if all goes well but something pops up later that you forgot about or just wasn't entered into the III, you have a "due diligence" defense..

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    In MI, it is very specific with time frames and what you did. Some things that involve violence are forever, other things are only a few years.

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    Or do like I did--just answer the questions. If it asks "Have you (within the last 5 years, 7 years, ever) been . . .?" and you have or haven't then say so. If it asks for misdemeanors, then answer truefully. Your state's website on permits should list what disqualifies one from a permit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidewayseght View Post
    How far back do they look on the back ground check?
    I know of some who've had extremely minor items from decades earlier be part of the identification process on a NICS check. So, yes, the NICS records checks do see this stuff, assuming it was entered and isn't otherwise filtered out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidewayseght View Post
    I live in Gaston County NC , it has been almost 20 years since I have been in any kind of trouble. The application does not state how far back they look I have never been convicted of a felony. Is there a place I can look to see if I am eligible?
    They will generally run your entire record so honesty is the best policy. I'm not going to type out EVERY crime that is a disqualifier but I'll give you the link to the statute and you can do the leg work. It's G.S. 14-415.12

    Pay attention to items (b) 8 & 9

    That will get you in the right ball park. If you prefer to PM me with specifics I may be able to cut your search time down a bit.

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