This guide describes federal firearm prohibition laws created by the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 and the Lautenberg Amendment, as well as state firearm restrictions.

Under the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 and passage of the Lautenberg Amendment, individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence in state or federal court are generally prohibited from possessing firearms. The addition of the Lautenberg Amendment greatly increased the breadth of coverage provided under federal law, removing a previously existing exemption for police and military personnel as well as applying retroactively, prohibiting any persons convicted of qualifying misdemeanors at any time from purchasing, possessing, or transferring a firearm.

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