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purehobby
12-30-2009, 2:48 PM
Hello can anyone tell me if there is any way to get a handgun or rifle if you have been convicted of a felony as a young adult over 10 years ago?
I have been told 0 chance and that just seems a little unfair since I have not been in any trouble since granted there were a few situations then no one knew my situation so I was wondering if there is anything I can do.

Thanks

Meplat
12-30-2009, 3:25 PM
It can be done in many cases. You need to consult with a lawyer because the details of your crime are probably the most important factors in answering your question.

You could always move to a free state and go cap & ball.

hollabillz
12-30-2009, 3:40 PM
Or just submit one of these (http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/forms/pdf/pfecapp.pdf), pay $20, and know for a fact...

CHS
12-30-2009, 4:04 PM
If it's a felony, it doesn't matter when the conviction was. You're a prohibited person and cannot buy a firearm at all.

Now, with that said, call up a lawyer. Depending on how long it's been, your record since, and the details of the conviction/crime, you may be able to have your rights restored and the conviction expunged so that you can buy firearms again. This will be time consuming and expensive, but can be done.

CHIEFone
12-30-2009, 4:59 PM
what about a DUI misdemeanor charge?
would that prohibit one from buying?

OlderThanDirt
12-30-2009, 5:01 PM
what about a DUI misdemeanor charge?
would that prohibit one from buying?

Only if you beat your wife while you were driving drunk.

taloft
12-30-2009, 5:04 PM
what about a DUI misdemeanor charge?
would that prohibit one from buying?Provided there are no other mitigating factors, the answer would be no. You should be good to go. Only certain misdemeanors result in being prohibited.

paul0660
12-30-2009, 5:17 PM
remember if you file one of these:

http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/forms/pdf/pfecapp.pdf

If found wanting you have to turn in any gun you may have..........read the fine print.

This doesn't apply to known felons, but even unpaid traffic tickets have caused failed backround checks.

CHIEFone
12-30-2009, 6:25 PM
remember if you file one of these:

http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/forms/pdf/pfecapp.pdf

If found wanting you have to turn in any gun you may have..........read the fine print.

This doesn't apply to known felons, but even unpaid traffic tickets have caused failed backround checks.

file that come back as "fail" and get a knock on the door...

try to purchase a new gun, wait 10 days, no phone call form store GTG, call from store, SOL?!?!?!

maybe i'll ask dealers at the costa mesa show this january...

purehobby
12-30-2009, 7:19 PM
bummer thanks guys appreciate the answers.

anthonyca
12-30-2009, 7:45 PM
Hello can anyone tell me if there is any way to get a handgun or rifle if you have been convicted of a felony as a young adult over 10 years ago?
I have been told 0 chance and that just seems a little unfair since I have not been in any trouble since granted there were a few situations then no one knew my situation so I was wondering if there is anything I can do.

Thanks

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=97498

purehobby
12-30-2009, 7:58 PM
I am also a resident of Arizona would that change my rights? I assume not but thought i would ask

ke6guj
12-30-2009, 8:11 PM
I am also a resident of Arizona would that change my rights? I assume not but thought i would asknope, there is a federal prohibition against felons having possession of firearms.

Now, talk to a lawyer, there may be a procedure in AZ to have felony convictions downgraded to a misdemeanor or expunged similar to how there is a CA procedure.. So, depending on which state it happened, you may be able to have the felony go away.

purehobby
12-30-2009, 8:12 PM
Im already on it. thanks again for the help

CHS
12-31-2009, 9:30 AM
try to purchase a new gun, wait 10 days, no phone call form store GTG, call from store, SOL?!?!?!


That's a really dumb idea.

The rejection letter that that DOJ will send to the store also gets sent to the local PD.

SteveH
12-31-2009, 11:25 AM
That's a really dumb idea.

The rejection letter that that DOJ will send to the store also gets sent to the local PD.

Yep and some PD's will send an officer over to ask why you were trying to buy a gun as a prohibited person. Depnding on how that conversation goes they may submitt a complaint to the DA for criminal prosecution.

MudCamper
12-31-2009, 2:06 PM
I'm not entirely clear on the violations as a minor, but those tend to not carry over into adulthood. Again, I'm not an expert in that area. You could fill out a PFEC with the CA DOJ and determine your status:

http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/pfecfaqs.php

As for adults, this comes up a lot. Let me copy from another recent thread.

Firearms rights can be restored, but it depends on the type of conviction. It must not be listed in 12021.x (the really heinous ones like murder, rape, robbery, etc.) and must be a misdemeanor or a felony "wobbler" that is sentenced as a misdemeanor or is later reduced from felony to misdemeanor per PC 17(b)(3). There is also a "dismissal" type expungment per PC 1203.4, but that does not restore firearms rights (it's only good for answering "no" on employment applications and such). There are also lots of misdemeanors that are 10 year prohibitions.

See the following threads:

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=97498
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=92885

And this very informative memo from Michel and Associates, Attorneys at Law: http://www.paul.net/guns/CDM_Memorandum_on_restoration_of_rights.pdf