Does the law make some classes of persons ineligible to receive a federal explosives license or permit?

Yes. A license or permit will not be issued to any person who:

(a) Is under indictment for, or who has been convicted in any court, of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;

(b) Is a fugitive from justice;

(c) Is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. § 802);

(d) Has been adjudicated a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution;

(e) Is an alien (with certain exceptions);

(f) Has been discharged from the armed forces under dishonorable conditions; or,

(g) Having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced his citizenship.

[18 USC §§ 842(i), 843(b)(1); 27 CFR § 555.49(b)(2)(i)]

Last Reviewed January 22, 2020