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Q: Is there a difference between owning and possessing a firearm by prohibited person and exfelon in possession of firearm?

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A: A "prohibited person" generally refers to an individual legally barred from owning or possessing firearms. This can include individuals with certain criminal convictions, domestic violence restraining orders, mental health issues, or other disqualifying factors.

A prohibited person owning or possessing a firearm would likely violate the law. In this case, the act of ownership and possession may be treated as synonymous.

"Ex-felon in possession of a firearm" specifically refers to a person who, having been convicted of a felony, is found in possession of a firearm. In this context, the focus is often on the act of possession rather than ownership.

Laws vary by jurisdiction, but many states, including Nevada, have statutes that make it illegal for individuals with felony convictions to possess firearms.

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