Can someone with a felony charge purchase a long gun? 9 Answers as of June 14, 2013

Can someone with a felony charge on their record purchase and own a long gun (rifle or shotgun)?

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Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
I'd recommend you obtain a private consultation with a lawyer if you need specific legal advice. Most attorneys provide free initial consultations. Generally speaking, attempting to purchase any firearm with a prior felony conviction is a bad idea. Further, if a person with priors is ever caught with a gun, they are risking serious charges.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/6/2012
Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
Since a charge is not a conviction, then it may be possible. However, a check on the record when purchasing may block the purchase.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/3/2012
Clos, Russell & Wirth, P.C. | Gary A. Russell
That depends upon the specific felony that the person was convicted of, whether or not the person has completed all the terms of his/her sentence, and that sufficient time has passed. If convicted of certain specific felonies, the person must have their right to own, possess, purchase a firearm reinstated. The governing statute is MCL 750.224f. Of course, if the felony conviction has been expunged or pardoned, then there is no prohibition to purchase based upon that previous conviction.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/3/2012
Kelly Nigohosian | Kelly Nigohosian
Generally speaking, In Michigan, a person with a Felony can not own a gun for at least 3 to 5 years depending on the circumstances. Generally, if all the fines are paid, the prison term and probation are completed, or the felony is expunged, then a person can own a gun.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/3/2012
Rudolph A. Serra, Attorney
Rudolph A. Serra, Attorney | Rudolph A. Serra
No. Convicted felons are not permitted to "possess" any kind of firearm, let alone purchase one or own one. There is no exception in the law for hunters or sportsmen. A felon can be charged with being "in possession" of a gun even if that gun belongs to someone else. If the convicted felon is in a house that belongs to another person and that person owns a gun, the felon can be charged as being "in possession" of that gun unless it is secured in such a way that they can't get it. This means a convicted felon is in danger of getting another felony charge unless any weapons in the house are locked and the keys are unavailable to the convicted felon. You don't have to hold, touch, or even be in the same room as the gun in order to be charged.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/2/2012
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