I am located in Jacksonville Florida and today I decided to visit a gun shop. My main priority to purchase a gun is for self defense, just to have it in the house. Well, I saw different guns and there were two or three I did like very much.
A Smith and Wesson, 9 mm, cannot recall the exact model, but its the one with the interchangeable grip, a total of 17 on the clip and one on the chamber, the clerk was asking $450.00.
So I decided on purchasing it, start filling up all the paperwork, everything went fine until I had to answer if I ever have had a felony case in the country.
I got nothing to hide, in 1995 I was the wonderful winner of a felony case for substance possesion, the case is closed long long time ago. I think I did 5 days in prison, which was good enough as a wake up call and since then my life changed 180 degrees.
I have been active duty military for 7 years, get random urinalysis tests, posses a top secret clearance, two good conduct awards, Letter of Commendations, etc. Why do I say all this for whatever its worth? The clerk stated he cannot sell me any guns because of the felony case. I just could not believe it, this happened many years ago, the case is closed, I do not owe anything to anybody. Right now I have a descent clean job, bought a new house, have excellent credit score etc.
Is there anything I can do to still purchase a gun? There has to be something, maybe go in front of a judge and swear under oath, bring witnesses. Just because something happened so many years ago, only one time in my life I can never ever use a gun for self-defense. Maybe I would understand if I had a criminal record, you know, the ones that look like a resume, but for one time more than 10 years ago black stain in my record seems a little to outrageous.
WHat are my possibilities of been able to purchase and posses a gun for self defense in the state of FL?