I debated on posting this for 24+ hours now and I still come to the conclusion that it needs to be posted. Maybe it will help someone here out in the future. Back story. In 2009 I plead guilty to "possession of an instrument of crime". Its a class A misdemeanor that carries a jail time up to 365 days. No misdemeanor in Arkansas carries a sentence longer than 365 days. Even in my 12 months of probation that I received the judge still allowed me to own, possess, buy and sell firearms. I know in 2010 I bought 2 firearms from dealers, I was delayed 5 days which was a first, but other than that everything went smoothly. Got into racing bikes so that's where all my money went over the next decade almost. Sure I bought a gun from a family member or a buddy and my wife bought a couple for the house or her but I just never bought one from a shop again till recently. Last week I found a good deal on a Gen3 21sf at a local pawnshop. I traded one of my firearms I didn't shoot much plus a little cash for it. I got delayed, I expected that, so I went home and waited patiently for 7 days. After the wait period I went back for the pistol....DENIED. Went on to ATF's website and filed the request on the denial for an explanation. It came back promptly that I was in violation of title 18 which states "A person who has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year or any state offense classified by the state as a misdemeanor and is punishable by a term of imprisonment of more than two years" ARKANSAS DOESNT HAVE A MISDEMEARNOR THAT EXCEEDS 365 DAYS. I have already been in touch with my lawyer and I have already challenged the denial but with all the craziness going on with gun sells its probably going to take 6-12 months. Im not and have never been a felon and I have never been charged with anything to do with domestic violence. I have never been in trouble before or after that day in 2009. I ended up letting the shop buy my firearm and then got the money back on the extra I paid forward. By law Im not even sure they could of given it back to me. But he offered me the same amount I had paid for it and I rarely shoot it. While doing my research and dealing with this I found a lot of useful info and some things that caught me off guard. I didn't know that each year something like 50,000 cases are argued over between the ATF and the FBI. For example the ATF will ok the sale of a firearm but when its kicked over to the FBI they are like what the crap this wasn't a lawful purchase. About 50-100 of these cases a year the FBI ends up going after the buyer and filing charges on them!!!!