OK I don't know if this is the right place to put this so I'll just shoot (yes pun intended) it out there for all to input on. My son was 17 and while at school he was caught with a pocket knife. Normally no big deal (or at least it wasn't when I was in school....40 years ago), but is a major ordeal now-a-days after Columbine. He didn't brandish it or threaten anyone, he was just "in possession" of it. Well they arrested him. Jailed him. Placed a felony charge on him. Did I mention that this kid had never been in trouble or sent to the principles office for ANYTHING. We contacted the parish (county in every other state) DA and he was placed in PTI (pre-trial intervention). In other words the judge told him to talk to the clerk who gave him the DA's phone number. They set up a meeting and he was told to pay $800.00 and all will "go away". Basically paying for freedom. No guilty or not guilty plea was offered. No story really even told. He was even told the sooner it was payed off the sooner it goes away. So to my question. Can he buy a handgun? When he answers questions on the form for background check, won't he be disqualified because of arrest, jail, and felony charge? If he was to purchase from another party can't they both be in violation of law? As far as I know the charges were dropped or expunged, isn't that the same as "never happened"? Secondly...why does he have to be 21 to purchase from a FFL but only 18 to purchase from a private party? Does that make sense to anyone? Thanks in advance for your help and expertise!!!