1971 Misdemeanor Keeps Army Vet From Owning a Gun

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TOMBALL, Tex. (CBS Houston) – Ron Kelly is a retired Army veteran. He used to fire tanks, cannons, and machine guns while fighting for the United States.

However, when he applied to the FBI for the right to purchase a .22-caliber rifle from Wal-Mart, the FBI denied him, citing a minor drug possession conviction back in 1971.

Kelly was still in high school at the time, and was reportedly sentenced to just one year probation. Two years later, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

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“I went on to serve 20 years,” Kelly told the newspaper Stars & Stripes. “I had a top-secret clearance. It is amazing that they won’t let buy a gun for a misdemeanor 42 years ago.”

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