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What if I’ve been arrested?

The Self-Defense Act prohibits individuals with pending charges and/or convictions for certain offenses from having a license. In addition to felony offenses, the following misdemeanor offenses are specifically listed in statute:

         a.  assault and battery, which caused serious physical injury to the victim, or any second or subsequent assault and battery conviction;
         b.  aggravated assault and battery;
         c.  stalking;
         d.  a violation relating to the Protection from Domestic Abuse Act, or any violation of a victim protection order of another state;
         e.  any conviction relating to illegal drug use or possession; or
         f.   an act of domestic abuse or domestic assault and battery.

In addition, you are ineligible if you have two or more convictions for public intoxication until 3 years from the date of the completion of the last sentence.

You are also ineligible for 3 years from the date of the completion of the last sentence if you have 2 or more convictions for Driving Under the Influence and/or Intoxication unless you provide a certified statement from a licensed physician stating that you are not in need of substance abuse treatment.

You can also be denied if you have significant character defects evidenced by a misdemeanor criminal record indicating habitual criminal activity.