If the abuser has been convicted of a crime, can s/he keep or buy a gun?
Under Pennsylvania state law, a person cannot have or buy a gun if s/he has been convicted of a number of felonies, including murder, assault, stalking, kidnapping, rape, arson, burglary, and robbery.* For a full list of the felonies, go to 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 6105, section (b) on our PA State Statutes page.
In addition to the felonies mentioned above, it may be illegal for a convicted criminal to have a gun if:
- he was convicted of a crime and is a fugitive from justice;
- he was convicted of certain drug crimes; or
- he was convicted of driving under the influence three or more times within a five-year period.**
Federal laws, which apply to all states, also restrict a person's right to have a gun if s/he has been convicted of certain crimes. Go to Federal Gun Laws to get more information.
* 18 Pa. C.S.A. §6105(b)
** 18 Pa. C.S.A. §6105(c)