Joining the Military with Gun Charges

Though Americans have the right to possess firearms as per the Constitution, some guns require their owners to have licenses, and guns may be used only under specific circumstances. When an individual breaks any of these rules, then he or she may face gun-related criminal charges.

These felony offenses will go on an individual’s criminal record if the individual is convicted. As with other crimes, gun charges may hinder an individual’s ability to join the military. Even still, people with gun charges, under the right conditions, may still be able to join the armed forces.

Types of Gun Charges

Gun charges range from the illegal possession of a firearm to violent crimes committed with a firearm. More specifically, these charges may be classified as:

  • Carrying an unlicensed handgun
  • Concealing a handgun without a license
  • Armed robbery or burglary
  • Aggravated assault with a firearm
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

Each of these crimes may land an individual in prison, and, as previously stated, restrict his or her ability to join a branch of the armed forces.

Getting into the Military

When you have a gun crime on your record and you want to join the military, then you may have a few options. These options may include:

  • Requesting a felony waiver from the military
  • Applying for expungement
  • Having the record sealed

There are a few important notes to keep in mind with each of these options:

  • The military will not necessarily grant a waiver to all individuals who apply for them
  • An individual is only eligible for expungement of a gun crime if he or she was found not guilty
  • Even expunged and sealed records must be disclosed to military recruiters

Having a gun crime dismissed either by the military or by a court may increase an individual’s chances of being accepted for service in the armed forces.

Contact Us

If you have gun charges on your criminal record but wish to join the military, you may be able to make yourself eligible for service. Contact the Dallas criminal defense attorneys of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 for more information.


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