Alexandria, VA asked in Criminal Law for Virginia

Q: So I got An assault, and battery charge it was 12 years ago, I didn't do any jail time. Can I ever own a gun in Va?


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Jennifer Alettia French
Jennifer Alettia French
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: It depends on whether your prior conviction was a misdemeanor or felony, and if it was charged as a domestic assault and battery. If you were convicted of a felony you will need to petition a Circuit Court for the restoration of firearm privileges. If convicted of domestic assault and battery federal law would prohibit owning a firearm and there is no mechanism for restoration of privileges in the federal court.

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