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My question concerns owning a rifle or shotgun (not a pistol)

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My question concerns owning a rifle or shotgun (not a pistol) if a person has been convicted of a federal crime. The person in question served 11 months of a 1 year, 1 day sentence plus 2 years probation. If this person is not allowed to own a long gun is it illegal for the spouse to own one living at the same address?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  P. Simmons replied 7 years ago.
Federal law prohibits owning a gun if you are convicted of a felony.

There is an exemption for antique weapons, produced prior to 1899. But you are prohibited from owning any weapon made after this date.

The law does not prohibit a spouse or relation from owning a gun, but if this is used as a subterfuge to allow you to possess and use the weapon, you can still be prosecuted under the federal (and most state) law.

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