Re: Can a concicted felon ever own a gun again?
Actually, depending on the conviction type and the willingness of the person, you CAN have your civil liberties restored!!
But, it's not easy...
In the end, it takes a TON of court proceedings, tons of filings, tons of character witnesses and endorsements, and LOTS of money and time (about $15,000 and up from some I've heard). And, you cannot have a felony that is either drug or violence related, or one related to treason or dishonorable discharge from the armed services. And, most times it's for a first offense, non-violent ONLY. Of course, any judge along the line can deny the motion and it can be killed by the Law Enforcement athourity at any time as well.
I'll have to look for the exact process forms, but you can do it. It's just nearly impossible to do. Keep in mind this is not having a "felon" owning a gun, but a reversal of the removal of civil liberties lost during conviction. This also does not wipe a conviction off your record. And, if most gun shops see this, they will not take the time to research further so you can still be denied the legal gun purchase.
Federal law still holds either way: A convicted felon cannot legally own a gun except with this one loophole, but they are still convicted of their crime. It's essentially pleading down a sentence after the fact, but the conviction stays on record.
Yeah, it's not perfect, but then again someone who has committed a crime should've thought about that before hand
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