Felony Restrictions

Owning a Gun

Can felons own guns? Is this governed by state or federal law? Does this apply to only certain types of guns or all guns?

In 1934 the government passed a law banning any person who had been convicted of a violent felony from owning a gun. This was in addition to an existing ban keeping violent felons from owning machine guns - the new law basically said that violent felons couldn't own any type of firearm.

This restriction was expanded in 1968 to include all felonies (not just violent ones). This practice continues to this day - except in rare circumstances where your civil rights are "restored" (this is only a possibility in a few states), or until your felony is expunged, you are not eligible under federal law to legally own a firearm.

Many felons don't realize this, but the federal ban on owning a firearm also applies to any type of ammunition - if you are caught with just a bullet you are in violation of this ban and subject to another felony (this one federal, meaning a lot more jail time and less chance of a pardon).

Does this only apply to concealed weapons?
Actually this law applies not only to concealed weapons, but also to any firearm that might be in your own. In the United States, felons are not legally allowed to bear arms - this is a point of controversy because it means in essence that you cannot defend yourself if somebody breaks into your home.

How can you legally own a gun again?
The easiest way to regain your right to bear arms is to have your felony expunged. Some states, however, offer felons the opportunity to own a handgun again after a certain amount of time has passed from the successful completion of probation. This is rare and there are many states, such as North Carolina, where a felon can never again own a weapon.

Are any types of felonies excluded?
Actually, 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(20)(A) specifically exempts a few types of felonies:

...any Federal or State offenses pertaining to antitrust violations, unfair trade practices, restraints of trade, or other similar offenses relating to the regulation of business practices...

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Can I felon that was put on deferred probation for 4 years n completed it can I own n get my C.H.L

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Alysha herrin
Saturday, November 2, 2013

can you own a cross bow or any bow

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Monday, October 28, 2013

my husband is a felon and has moved out. when he left he also to 3 firearms I purchased with my permit

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Holli Graf
Monday, September 23, 2013

I recently tried to buy a gun at a sporting good store.
then I was charged with lying on app that asks if you are a felon I said no because I did not know I was but when I was 17 I was arrested for theft and spent 15 days in jail I am 42 now. I am freeking out and don't know what to do.

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tom sanders
Friday, September 13, 2013

I have a an unlawfull carrying of a weapon and possesion charge can i own a firearm

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Juan garcia
Friday, August 2, 2013

2008 I bought motorcycles parts off craigslist and charged with running a chop shop

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Can I legally possess a black powder muzzle loader in the state of Missouri being a felon?

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Darrell McDonald
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I have a felony of trafficking cocaine fight years ago how can I get my rights of owning a register hand gun

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Friday, May 24, 2013

My son is a ex felon with possesion of a firearm on Aug 2012. Does the new gun law affect him in any way?

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Sandy Torres
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A year ago I had an accident and broke my leg while at my own business. The ambulance come and picked me up I forgot I had a handgun in my pocket and forgot about it. I told the security at the hospital and they come and got it from me, it just so happened to be stolen and I didn't know it. I was charged with carrying a concealed firearm and possession of stolen firearm.i had the possession of a stolen firearm thrown out and plead guilty to carrying a concealed firearm.is it possible for me to own a firearm again in N.C. Thank for any comments.

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Brian lay
Sunday, April 7, 2013

I think that NC is one of the only states that will not restor your right to bare arms if you were ever a felon. The best thing to do is call the state police or the town that arrested you and ask them because I live in Maine and to get your right to bare arms back is to go through the legal paper work which in maine starts with the town that arrested you. Hope this helps!

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