If you were convicted of a crime, you may have lost your rights to possess a firearm. Under certain circumstances, depending on your state, you may be eligible to restore your gun rights. RecordGone.com specializes in post-conviction relief and can help restore firearm rights or fix wrongful denials of firearm transactions. We have helped thousands of people restore their second amendment rights or correct the wrongful denial of their firearm rights.
Under certain circumstances, depending on your state, you may be eligible to restore your gun rights. RecordGone.com specializes in post-conviction relief and can help restore firearm rights or fix wrongful denials of firearm transactions. We have helped thousands of people restore their second amendment rights or correct the wrongful denial of their firearm rights.
There are two types of firearm bans: federal bans and state bans. Federal firearm bans are rules that will apply to you in every state or United States territory in which you are present. Even if you move to a different state or territory, these laws will follow you and still apply. You cannot move to another part of the United States to avoid a federal ban.
Additionally, almost all 50 states and territories have their own laws and rules about who may or may not possess a firearm in addition to the federal law. Sometimes state laws are consistent with federal gun laws, other times they are different. Analyzing why a person may have had their firearm rights denied can be complicated, especially if the person has lived in multiple states or has offenses in different states. This is why we offer our firearm rights analysis service to show you what your legal options are.
There are various reasons why a person would receive a federal firearm ban. A federal firearm ban would exist for any person who:
Again, this is only a list of federal firearm bans. In addition to this list, any state in which you are present can ban you from possessing or purchasing a firearm under their own laws. The two most common federal gun bans occur when someone is convicted of a felony or convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
The most common reason for denial of a gun purchase or prohibition from possession occurs when the individual has been convicted in any court (state, federal, tribal, county, or city) of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year. This is traditionally referred to as a felony.
Included in this ban are offenses that are called misdemeanors, but are punishable by more than two years imprisonment. In most states, misdemeanors are only punishable up to a year. However, there are states that allow misdemeanors to have much longer possible sentences, causing the federal law to consider them felonies for firearm purposes.
The term “punishable” in both instances doesn’t mean the actual punishment you received or served. It just means that the state or federal law that you were convicted of allows for a punishment over a year or more than two years at the time you committed the crime. If you are unsure if your conviction fits this description, we recommend you sign up for our firearm rights analysis service.
The next most common federal firearm prohibition is on those convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence, regularly called the Lautenberg ban. Many people subject to this ban don’t realize that this prohibition even applies to them until they are denied a firearm purchase. This prohibition applies even if the offense isn’t called “domestic violence.” In fact, the name of the offense doesn’t matter at all. Regardless of what the offense is called, the federal ban is applied if the elements of the offense meet the federal definition of domestic violence.
For an offense to be counted as a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence it must:
State offenses like assault or battery, or any other offense that involves any physical force or threatened use of a weapon, can fall under this ban if committed against a family member.
The felony ban and the misdemeanor crime of domestic violence ban are the most common firearm bans. If you aren’t sure whether these bans or any others apply to you, we would encourage you to contact our office or sign up for a firearm rights analysis to have your record researched.
IF THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT YOU MAY CURRENTLY BE BANNED, DO NOT TRY TO BUY A FIREARM! Denied purchases are flagged by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The notice of the denied transaction is regularly referred to federal or local state law enforcement. Sometimes an ATF special agent or local law enforcement officer will contact and investigate those individuals denied firearm transactions. This can result in confiscation of guns which are sold by mistake. Even worse it could result in a house call to the person who attempts a denied purchase in order to investigate whether there are other weapons to confiscate. Depending on the circumstances, those who attempt a denied purchase can also be charged under federal or state law for “attempted” illegal possession of a weapon, which can be very serious, send you to jail or prison, and be very expensive.
There is no short answer to that question, which is why we always recommend you have your record examined by an experienced and licensed attorney. Removing a federal ban will depend upon the State and type of court in which you received the offense that triggered the firearm ban. A federal ban which results from a state conviction can only be lifted in the state of origin. For example, if you were convicted of a felony in a California state court, you can only lift the federal felony ban through California law in a California court or by applying to the California Governor’s office for a pardon.
If your case was in state court, and if the state in which your conviction occurred allows your rights to be restored whether through expungement, set aside, civil rights restoration, or by a firearm rights restoration process; that process will also lift the federal ban that applies to you. Additionally, in some states, a restoration is possible by applying for a governor’s pardon or civil rights restoration. Each state’s law is different, and the effect of the state law is more important than labels provided by the state. Consulting with an experienced attorney is the best way to determine what methods of restoration are available in your specific circumstance.
If your case was in federal court, you’re likely out of luck. Your only option is to apply for a presidential pardon, which are granted very rarely.
If you are interested in state firearm rights restoration, we offer services that could potentially restore your rights in the following states if you meet the eligibility requirements:
In California, you can restore gun rights resulting from a felony conviction by having your offense reduced to a misdemeanor. Not all offenses are eligible to be reduced, we would recommend that you call the office to see if your type of offense is the kind that can be reduced. If your offense is eligible for reduction, we will ask the court to reduce it along with a felony expungement for no additional fee.
In Florida, you can apply to the Florida Office of Executive Clemency for a restoration of your Florida Firearm Rights.
Illinois provides an opportunity to apply to either the Circuit Court or Illinois Department of State Police to grant the restoration of firearm rights in relation to a felony conviction.
Indiana provides a way for those convicted of a crime of misdemeanor domestic violence to ask the court to restore their firearm rights.
In Michigan, having your felony conviction Set Aside can restore your firearm rights.
Minnesota allows you to ask a judge to restore your Minnesota firearm rights if you were convicted of a felony “crime of violence.”
Unfortunately, in Nevada there is no way to restore firearm unless except to apply for a gubernatorial pardon. We currently do not offer pardon services in Nevada.
Expungement in New Jersey can restore firearm rights lost due a felony conviction.
A Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or Good Conduct can possibly restore firearm rights in New York lost due to a felony conviction. Not all felonies are eligible to have their firearm rights restored.
Ohio allows those convicted of felonies to ask a judge to restore their firearm rights if they have been law abiding since their felony conviction.
In Oregon, restoration of firearm rights lost due to a felony conviction can be restored by applying to the Circuit Court in the county in which you currently reside.
A Texas felony set aside can restore firearm rights.
Expungement of a felony conviction in Utah can restore firearm rights.
In Washington, you can ask the court to restore your firearm rights in relation to a felony or misdemeanor offense against a household member if you meet certain criteria.
If you don’t believe any federal or state firearm prohibition applies to you, it is possible that you were wrongfully denied a firearm purchase.
Most wrongful denials we see are caused by incomplete or outdated information maintained by the databases used to approve or deny firearm transactions. Law enforcement agencies and courts are typically overburdened, and maintaining or sending accurate information to state criminal history databases or the FBI database isn’t always the priority it should be. Records are simply lost, incorrect, not updated properly, or incomplete. All of these can cause a wrongful firearm denial.
Thousands more are wrongly denied every year because they have been misidentified and incorrectly had a prohibitive record incorrectly attributed to them.
Other reasons for a wrongful denial include inaccurate legal interpretation by the agency administering the firearm background check. There are a lot of firearm laws. When federal laws plus 50 individual state laws intersect and overlap, it is easy for the law to be interpreted incorrectly, especially if you have a very old or complicated background. In our experience, if there is anything potentially prohibitive on your background, firearm authorities will simply reject your transaction and let you deal with the consequences.
If you are denied a firearm purchase you should first verify that you are not prohibited from possessing a firearm. Many people think that they are not under a firearm ban when in fact they are. In that case, possessing a firearm is either a felony or a misdemeanor, and attempting to purchase a firearm can also be an offense. In order to determine if you are under a firearm ban, we can assist you by completing an analysis of your criminal history and of the denial itself.
Once we verify that you were wrongfully denied we can then take steps to remedy the denial. Each case is different, so we must complete an analysis of your case to determine what actions needs to be taken.
Some of the common tools we use to remedy a wrongful denial are:
We are very experienced in remedying gun purchase denials in the states in which we serve. We have used every tool available and we are not afraid to face the FBI and U.S. Attorney General in court. Every case is different and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to restoring your 2nd amendment rights. We strongly recommend you sign up for our Firearm Rights Analysis service to see what your options are.
We hope that this information is helpful to you. As you can see, evaluating a person’s firearm situation can be complex. If you have any questions about the status of your rights and/or what you need to do to restore them, we would be glad to help you do it. We offer a Firearm Rights Analysis Service that will provide you definite answers and, if possible, solutions to your firearm rights issues.
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