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Old 09-16-2020, 1:57 PM
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My buddy had a felony when he was younger he currently cant purchase a firearm cause of the conviction. Does anyone know of any type of courts or any rehabilitation classes he can take?
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Hire a lawyer, petition the court to have the right restored. Good luck.
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Asking for a friend.

Good luck to him.
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Contact attorney you supplied no info on what he was convicted of, Where it occured where your buddy is incarcerated. (LOL) Need more info.
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Nope. A California expungment don't do nothing to restore firearms rights. Please refer to Penal Code section 1203.4(a)(2).
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It may be able to be reduced down to a misdemeanor by petitioning the Court. He needs to hire an expungement attorney who can lead him through the process.
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Depends on the charges if they can be reduced to misdemeanors. Otherwise, he may be SOL.

Lawyer will be the first person you’ll need to consult. Expungements won’t do anything as RickD stated.
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Do not try this yourself. Do not do anything except research. Find an attorney that specializes in California firearms law and consult them and pay the fee. There are limited circumstances where you may be able to regain your rights depending on if the conviction was a wobeler.

You can do more harm than good if you do this incorrectly.
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Do not try this yourself. Do not do anything except research. Find an attorney that specializes in California firearms law and consult them and pay the fee. There are limited circumstances where you may be able to regain your rights depending on if the conviction was a wobeler.

You can do more harm than good if you do this incorrectly.
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Good advice above. This isn't an area for amateurs. A PC 17(b) reduction can restore firearms rights, and is often done in conjunction with an expungment. But it only works is the felony offense is subject to a PC 17(b) reduction. There are also additional provisions that affect the ability for a reduction.
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My buddy had a felony when he was younger he currently cant purchase a firearm cause of the conviction. Does anyone know of any type of courts or any rehabilitation classes he can take?
Violent felonies will never go away when it comes to firearms rights restoration. For non violent felonies, the only way is time consuming and costly and requires a lawyer who knows firearms law. I recommend Michel & Assoc.. They are the NRA's lawyer in California and probably THE experts on firearms law in California. They specialize in restoration of firearms rights.. among many other firearms related practices... here is the link;

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Nope. A California expungment don't do nothing to restore firearms rights. Please refer to Penal Code section 1203.4(a)(2).
That's not even an expungement, really. Just a dismissal. I don't think California even offers genuine expungements outside of very limited contexts.
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That's not even an expungement, really. Just a dismissal. I don't think California even offers genuine expungements outside of very limited contexts.
PC 1203.4 is California's "Expungment" statute. It works, as you correctly described, by dismissing the action once the specified conditions have been met.

A lot of folks hold the false understanding that an expungment completely erases a criminal conviction, and it does not.
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