Can I own a gun as a H1B immigrant with a conviction?

Thank you everyone for your input.

I’ve reached out to a firearms law expert in the US for an initial consultation on this.

As a layperson regarding the law, surely a foreign conviction especially for crimes that are not of moral turpitude from an American perspective should not affect the RKBA.

As an extreme example, it is illegal in Thailand to speak out against the King:

“Whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years.” As lèse-majesté is one of the offences relating to the security of the kingdom, according to Section 7 of the Thai Criminal Code.

So potentially an American could come to Thailand as a tourist, say something they shouldn’t have said, get into serious trouble (for what I think most of us would frown at) and come back to the US with their RKBA lost.

Another one is forgetting you have a round of live ammo in your luggage. In many countries it is a serious crime that could cost one the RKBA.

Surely there must be a line drawn between what is a proper and proportionate conviction & sentence in a foreign jurisdiction and whether it has a knock-on impact on the rights of American citizens.


Thank you for this video. I agreed with what he said, especially the bit about rights being universal and recognized by some countries but not by others.

The Bible says something about equality too:
Leviticus 24:22 Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.


Great topic. We do not need to agree with the laws of the world, but smart of us to “know” them. Good luck Jay89.


As to the rights of American citiizens and the idiosyncrasies of the US justice system, I refer you to the case of The State of New York vs Donald J. Trump.


Add to your no go list, any state on the west coast, DC and any state in the north east, CO or MN.


No problem! I do as well!

If rights come from God then I would think that they would be universal just a matter of whether those rights are recognized and secured.


Might not fit here exactly but sort of is.


New Hampshire is still free and has constitutional carry (permitless). Trouble is, we’re surrounded by the Socialist States of New England.