Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon or Prohibited Person- Federal
It shall be unlawful for any person—
… who has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year; … to … knowingly … possess in or affecting commerce, any firearm; (to receive any firearm … which has been shipped or transported in interstate commerce.)
The phrase “crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year” generally means a crime which is a felony. The phrase does not include any state offense classified by the laws of that state as a misdemeanor and punishable by a term of imprisonment of two years or less and certain crimes concerning the regulation of business practices.
Any conviction which has been expunged, or set aside or for which a person has been pardoned or has had civil rights restored shall not be considered a conviction for purposes of this chapter, unless such pardon, expungement, or restoration of civil rights expressly provides that the person may not ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms.
The term “firearm” means “(A) any weapon, (including a starter gun), which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; (B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon; (C) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or (D) any destructive device. The term (firearm) does not include an antique firearm.”
The term “possess” means to exercise authority, dominion or control over. Possession may be actual or constructive. Possession may be sole or joint.
The term “receive” means to acquire or obtain possession of an item whether such receipt is actual or constructive, sole or joint
The term “knowingly,” as used in these instructions to describe the alleged state of mind of Defendant , means that [he] [she] was conscious and aware of [his] [her] [action] [omission], realized what [he] [she] was doing or what was happening around [him] [her], and did not [act] [fail to act] because of ignorance, mistake, or accident.
he word “knowingly” means that the act was done voluntarily and intentionally, not because of mistake or acciden
18 922(g) 
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