You’d think buying a gun or obtaining a license for one was easy, but it’s not. If you want to make your purchase through a Federal Firearms Licensee, either at a store or a gun show, you have to go through Pennsylvania’s Instant Check System, also referred to as PICS. PICS is a system that is run by the Pennsylvania State Police. Its purpose is to give instant background checks to gun suppliers on people who try to make gun purchases, so they can decide if a person is legally allowed to buy a gun. PICS is also used to determine if a person is eligible to obtain a concealed carry license.
If you are thinking about either buying a firearm or getting your concealed carry license, Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Sean Logue and his team of experienced attorneys can help you get ready to fill out the application and evaluate your circumstances to identify anything that might be a problem for you.
The applications you must complete to purchase a firearm are the PA Form SP4-113 and the ATF Form 4473. The form you complete when you apply for a concealed carry license is PA Form SP4-127. These forms are all confusing and very complex. Even attorneys sometimes have trouble understanding the questions. However, a mistake on any of the three applications can lead you to be charged with a felony.
Sean Logue and his team have defended many people who thought they could outsmart PICS or who either didn’t understand their criminal record or the questions on the forms. If you give false information on one of those forms, you can be charged with a specific charge: a Misdemeanor 18 Pa.C.S Section 4904 Unsworn Falsification to Authorities, or a Felony 18 Pa.C.S. Section 6111 Unsworn Falsification to Authorities. You could also be charged with both.
Any prior mental health issue, involvement in domestic violence of any form (including Protection From Abuse actions), drug abuse, or any kind of criminal record, you need to contact Logue Law Group before you try to fill out a firearm purchase application or concealed carry license application. Sean and his team can keep you from being their next criminal defense client.
Don’t try to go completing these forms without assistance. Your freedom from additional criminal charges is too important to leave to chance. Let Sean Logue and his team of experienced Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys assist you as you prepare to complete the complex and confusing state and federal gun ownership and carry applications. Sean and his team will do their best to get you prepared to purchase the firearm you desire.
If you are deemed by PICS to be ineligible to purchase a gun or concealed carry license, you will be given a challenge form by the dealer. You have 30 days to complete the form and appeal the decision. You will need to give PICS additional details to help them in their review. If you were denied because a conviction was expunged or otherwise disposed of, include that information. Also, you need to make sure you complete all the sections of the form. Failure to do so will cause your challenge to be automatically denied. There are four pages to complete. On the first page, parts one through three have to be filled in completely, and on page four, you have to sign and date the form. A Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney can help you with this.
Do you plan on purchasing a firearm? Do you know someone who is? If so, you need a criminal defense attorney who knows and understands the laws around the possession of firearms to assist you. The Logue Criminal Defense team has helped hundreds of people prepare to complete firearms purchase applications and concealed carry paperwork. Logue Law Group serves Pittsburgh, PA, as well as West Virginia and Ohio. Call today for a consultation: (412) 612-2210 or (412) 612-2210. Or, you may contact us online.