Belmar, NJ asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Colorado

Q: Can I legally own a gun in Colorado if I got my felony record expunged in New Jersey

I used to be a convicted felon in NJ but I have since gotten my record expunged. I was convicted for felony drug distribution. I have never been convicted of any violent crimes. If my record is expunged in NJ can I legally own a gun in Colorado?

1 Lawyer Answer
Sean Maye
Sean Maye
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Denver, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: A NJ lawyer will have to advise on whether, under NJ law, expungement of a felony conviction amounts to a restoration of your civil rights. If the answer is yes under NJ law, then I believe you should be perfectly fine in CO. But often times the question of a clear felony record does not automatically amount to a restoration of the civil rights you once lost. In some states, you have to petition to have those rights restore and wait until you have a final order of restoration. Only a NJ legal professional can advise.

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