Allegheny County, PA Pardons
What if my Allegheny County PICS denial investigation shows that I can’t legally own a gun?
An investigation by an experienced firearms attorney is always valuable after a PICS denial, even if it turns out you are prohibited from possessing firearms and can’t legally own a gun. There are two primary areas of concern after a PICS denial when a person is in fact prohibited: 1) criminal prosecution, and 2) restoration of rights. If you fail the background check (PICS denial) when you are trying to buy a gun in Pennsylvania, you could unfortunately face criminal prosecution for a felony. Even if you thought you answered the questions correctly, many people are still prosecuted for their mistake. It is important to never make any statements to the police about your case without a lawyer present who is very familiar with firearms laws. There also may be an avenue to restore your rights if you are prohibited. At The Gun Law Firm, we have helped people restore their firearms rights since our inception.
PICS Denials in Allegheny County, PA
If you have had a PICS denial in Allegheny County, the chances are you’re confused and don’t know why you have been denied. If you were denied the purchase of a firearm from a dealer in Allegheny County at a gun store or a gun show, a PICS denial or Undetermined Status is the reason. If you were denied a License to Carry Firearms (concealed carry license) it is usually because of a PICS denial or Undetermined Status, but can be due to “character and reputation” as decided by the issuing authority. Under federal law, when you buy a gun from a dealer, you must fill out a Form 4473 and submit to a background check. In Pennsylvania the background check is called a PICS Check (Pennsylvania Instant Check System). With a PICS Check, the Pennsylvania State Police serve as a point of contact for the NICS (National Instant Check System), which is run by the FBI. Under Pennsylvania law, most handgun transfers between private parties must go through a dealer which require the appropriate paperwork (Form 4473 and SP 4-113) and a PICS Check. The law also allows the transfer to take place at the Sheriff’s Office, who will still run a PICS check. There are very limited exceptions for handgun transfers between parent/child, grandparent/grandchild, and between spouses, provided both parties are Pennsylvania residents.
Why It’s Important to Have a Gun Lawyer in Allegheny County
There are many reasons why a person can’t legally own a gun in Pennsylvania. Most people don’t know all of these reasons, and even most lawyers don’t know all of these reasons. Many people are surprised when they find out some of the reasons you can’t legally own a gun. That is why it’s important to have a lawyer who specifically focuses on gun law help you determine if you can legally own guns. Gun laws are so complicated and so voluminous that many judges, police officers, prosecutors, and private attorneys get them wrong. When a mistake can lead to prosecution, it can cost you your freedom, your money, your reputation, and even your family. That’s why it’s important to have a gun lawyer who understands the ins and outs of Pennsylvania gun laws.
If I had a Allegheny County PICS Denial does that mean I can’t Own a Gun?
Not necessarily! Just like everything else in the world, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Instant Check System are not perfect. At The Gun Law Firm, we have helped a tremendous number of clients get erroneous PICS denials overturned over the years. But much like a medical emergency, the sooner you get medical attention the better your chances of survival will be. Particularly due to the short, strict deadlines in place, it is important to have a firearms attorney on your side as soon as possible after a PICS denial.
A Pennsylvania Pardon can help restore your gun rights in Allegheny County
We believe in the right to protect yourself and your loved ones, so we help hard-working successful individual restore their gun rights. Most people would not be able to live with themselves if their spouse or child were harmed and a conviction stopped them from adequately protecting their family. A pardon is often the only way to restore your gun rights if you are prohibited from possessing firearms based on a Pennsylvania conviction. Do not be fooled into thinking that you will restore your rights with Clean Slate Limited Access or Limited Access petitions, because criminal justice agencies will still be able to see your convictions and use them against you. Some people even erroneously call these “expungements” even though the records will not be destroyed and the petitioner will still be prohibited from possessing firearms. The famous saying is “there are no shortcuts” and when it comes to restoring your rights from a Pennsylvania conviction, that saying rings true.
Is it even possible to get a Allegheny County Pardon in Pennsylvania?
Yes! We have helped many people get a pardon in Pennsylvania. But you have to be the right candidate. There are a number of factors that are frequently considered by the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. Based on our years of experience, we can help you determine if you are a good candidate for a pardon and if it is the right avenue for you. Contrary to what many think, it is not some longshot like winning the lottery or being struck by lightnight.