I got caught up with the wrong crowd when I was young, made poor choices and paid a price. My crimes were property in nature and only happened once. There was no violence or drugs involved. I was talked into breaking into an abandoned bowling alley and got caught. I was let off on early probation for good behavior and since cleaned up and have been relatively successful with my life since. The State of Georgia recently granted a pardon. Their officlal stamped letter plainly states that I have all civil rights restored including the right to own firearms. Great. My friend shoots skeet and I want to buy a 20 ga shotgun to join in their sports events. I found a used shotgun I like, however I do not trust buying from a private seller - I want to know what I am getting is not stolen. I was planning to have the private seller meet me at a gun store and I will pay to have the dealer (FFL) broker the sale. This means I will submit a form 4473 and be submitted for a NICS check. According to the ATF, persons who have had their civil rights restored may answer "no" on question 11.c of form 4473. Q: Are there any alternatives for relief from firearms disabilities? A person is not considered convicted for Gun Control Act purposes if he has been pardoned, had his civil rights restored, or the conviction was expunged or set aside, unless the pardon, expungement, or restoration expressly provides the person may not ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms. This looks fine on paper, but the NICS system will still reflect my prior conviction (since it wasn't expunged). The big question is will the restoration of rights appear in NICS database? Secondly, do NICS and ATF play well together? If ATF says to answer "no" on prior convictions, and NICS shows prior convictions.. will NICS play hardball and deny the application based on the discrepancy? What about NICS and the State? Will NICS see the restoration of rights issued by the State of Georgia and grant a proceed, or are they looking at a different data silo? Eventually I'll have to get my feet wet and just try to purchase, but I'd like to be prepared with some idea of how my NICS request is going to appear to a FFL. I understand they don't do "dry runs", and while I have my official letter from the State of Georgia, if someone forgot to key it in or if the NICS system somehow didn't pick it up I don't want to be viewed as breaking the law by entering a firearms store. Owning a gun isn't the last thing on the world. I have other hobbies, but I miss shooting from when I was on the farm (before moving to the city and meeting the Wrong Crowd). Be interested to hear from some dealers or LEO's and your experiences & thoughts.