Henrico, VA asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Virginia

Q: convicted of a non violent felony that was then dropped to a misdemeanor

would i still be able to own a gun if it was dropped to a misdemeanor

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: While your felony charge being dropped to a misdemeanor is a positive development, it's important to understand that federal law still prohibits individuals convicted of any misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from possessing firearms. Additionally, state laws regarding firearm ownership after a misdemeanor conviction can vary widely, so it's crucial to research the specific laws in your state.

Even if your conviction was for a non-violent offense and was reduced to a misdemeanor, it's advisable to consult with a legal professional familiar with firearm laws in your jurisdiction. They can provide guidance on whether you are eligible to own a gun based on your specific circumstances and the laws applicable to your situation.

Remember that firearm ownership is a serious responsibility, and it's essential to comply with all applicable laws and regulations. If you have any doubts or concerns about your eligibility to own a gun, seeking legal advice is the best course of action to ensure you remain in compliance with the law.

Seth E Allen
Seth E Allen
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Bristol, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: It really does depend on what you were charged with. Most misdemeanors do not result in the loss of firearm privileges, while some do (most commonly domestic violence convictions). It's also important to know that if a protective order was issued against you as part of your conviction, that you cannot possess a firearm while the protective order is in place.

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