I had not considered that. At the time of sentencing in 1993, I was given "earned misdemeanor treatment" as indicated quite clearly by the court. This was explained to me by my attorney and by the judge that if I successfully completed probation as set fourth by the court, the conviction of "possession", a felony, would be changed to "attempted possession", which is a misdemeanor. Perhaps I have misunderstood my status. Odd because all parties involved including the judge indicated that given my successful completion of the sentence, I would be able to possess firearms again. Indeed I have legally purchased firearms since then and passed the required background checks each time. I even legally own firearms that fall under the close scrutiny of federal law and the BATFE in regards to The National Firearms Act of 1968, otherwise known as Class III firearms. At no time was I denied transfer of any firearm. After early release from probation my attorney filed the required documents and I was given written confirmation that the conviction entered on my record was a midemeanor and that I was legally able to possess firearms. If this is not so, then I am in a whole lot of trouble right now. Have I been mislead? Have I fallen throught the cracks? I find it hard to believe that after a dozen criminal background checks, some at the federal level, nothing has come up with regards to not being able to possess a firearm. I will consult with a lawyer upon my return home in two weeks, but any thoughts on this subject would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.