Does the MCDV disability apply to law enforcement officers?

Yes. The Gun Control Act was amended so that employees of government agencies convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence (MCDV) would not be exempt from disabilities with respect to their receipt or possession of firearms or ammunition.

Thus, law enforcement officers and other government officials who have been convicted of a disqualifying misdemeanor may not lawfully possess or receive firearms or ammunition for any purpose, including performance of their official duties. The disability applies to firearms and ammunition issued by government agencies, purchased by government employees for use in performing their official duties, and personal firearms and ammunition possessed by such employees.

[18 U.S.C. 922(g)(9) and 925(a)(1); 27 CFR 478.32(a)(9) and 478.141]

Last Reviewed July 15, 2020