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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Would an "uttering" gulity plea 40 years ago stop me froom getting a ccw? The charge was in NC and I now live in TN

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Bob Johnson
Saturday, March 30, 2013

i was convicted of a felony from passing some bad checks did a year in jail 25 years ago can i every get a permit to carry a gun

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

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Monday, February 25, 2013

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Esteban Valenzuela
Sunday, July 28, 2013

i was convicted in Norfolk VA in !987 of possession of a firearm while in posession of a controlled substance. i was 18. i live in GA.can i have a gun in my home? if no what can i do to change this

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

I have a perjury conviction for a phony drivers license did 3 months house arrest in 1995 in Ca can I get my gun right s back.

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stan sher
Sunday, September 16, 2012

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

I was convicted of a forgery charge when i lived in Texas... I now live in TN... this conviction was over 5 years ago... Can I own a gun in TN...

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

A friend just had a divorce finalized August 20,02012. In the appearance, her attorney was out of state and called in for a continuance. The judge denied it and they proceeded. In the judgement -the judge seperated personal property(tools, furniture, and several gunss including pistols , shotguns, and rifles. two pistols were even old .22's given to the woman by her father MANY years ago. What blew me away was not the lop sided decision but that the husband is a convicted felon and he was awarded ALL the firearms. I knew he would get most of their stuff as his attorney is known as "the best" in our city. But how can a judge give a felon possesion of firearms/

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Gibi Speakmon
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Doe's Texas offer felons the opprotunity to own

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Jeff Niemann
Sunday, July 22, 2012

I was convicted of a felony DWI in march of 2004. My sentence was successfully completed and I was adjudicated in march of 2008. What must I do to be able to possess, and own wepons in the state of Texas?

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

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