Client Wins Appeal To FBI – Now Free To Purchase and Possess Firearms

Richard Berne won an appeal to the FBI on behalf of a client who was not allowed to purchase a firearm based on the FBI’s initial position that his juvenile felony conviction rendered him a prohibited person under the federal firearm statutory scheme. We appealed on the ground that Maine law does not deem a criminal charge as a conviction upon a guilty plea or after trial but rather it is considered a juvenile adjudication. The FBI initially denied our appeal but we requested a review and they reversed their decision and removed the prohibited person status. The client is now free to purchase and possess firearms.

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