Former Probation Officer With Concealed Permit Denied Gun Purchase Over 1978 Misdemeanor

A former probation officer with a concealed carry permit is suing the federal government over the fact that he is being denied a gun purchase because of a 1978 misdemeanor.

The former probation officer–Robert Earl Rowe–was sentenced to “six months of probation” in 1978 for “possession of a deadly weapon in San Bernardino, California.” After three months the probation was waived and his guilty plea withdrawn.

He can now legally carry a gun in all 50 states–because of his status as retired law enforcement–but NICS will not allow him to purchase a gun.

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