Can a felon own a firearm? 8 Answers as of July 19, 2012

I was convicted in 2009, In California. Is there a way (and if so, how) to go through the necessary steps to be allowed again to own a firearm, in Monterey county. What are the restrictions?

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Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
You need to obtain an expungment, then a certificate of rehabilitation, then a governor's pardon.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/19/2012
Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
A former felony conviction prohibits you from firearm ownership for all time. It is against both California and Federal laws.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/8/2012
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
The people that are prohibited from owing a firearm are Persons Convicted of Felonies or Other Specified Crimes Any person who (a) has been convicted of a felony under the laws of the United States, the State of California, or any other state, government, or country, or (b) is addicted to any narcotic drug may not own or have in his or her possession, custody, or control any firearm . (Penal Code 12021(a).) It is unlawful for any person who is prohibited from possessing firearms, to possess ammunition. (Penal Code 12316(b).) A felony conviction refers to a conviction of an offense that can only result in felony punishment under California law, or any sentence to a federal correctional facility for more than 30 days, or a fine of more than $1,000, or both. (Penal Code 12021(f).) Even if you have your conviction expunged you would not be allowed to own or possess a firearm. If the conviction was for a misdemeanor or a crime that could be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor you will be allowed to own a firearm after your probation is over.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/2/2012
Law Office of Mark Bruce
Law Office of Mark Bruce | Mark Corwin Bruce
The firearm restriction is life-long. The only way out of it is to get a pardon from the governor.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/2/2012
Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
If you were convicted of any felony, you are now subject to a lifetime ban on possession of firearms and ammunition, under both federal and state law. There is NO changing that or restoring your rights. Once lost, forever gone. If you are caught as felon in possession by the feds, it is a 10 year mandatory prison sentence under federal law.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/2/2012
    The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache
    The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache | Stephanie Arrache
    No. Unfortunately a convicted felon cannot have gun rights restored.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/2/2012
    Hammerschmidt Broughton Law
    Hammerschmidt Broughton Law | Mark A. Broughton
    No, you cannot own or possess a firearm. Under California law you may, after several years, seek to "expunge" your record, receive a certificate of rehabilitation if you ended up in prison, and/or a Governor's Pardon, and you may be able to restore your rights in California. But. Under current federal law, you may never own or possess a firearm. Contact a qualified criminal defense attorney to discuss your options.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/2/2012
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    Not enough information to respond meaningfully. Keep in mind that firearm restrictions can be both state and federal. Some federal restrictions are for life.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/2/2012
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