Unfortunately, any felony (no matter how old it is) costs you your state and Federal gun rights. The Federal government has said that if the state is willing to restore all of a defendant's civil rights (right to vote, to hold office, to sit on a jury) and their gun rights, they will not stand in the defendant's way and he can get his rights back. The Federal Government would require that the state offense be expunged, set aside, or pardoned.
States are strict about what they will and won't expunge or seal. NC will not remove convictions, except for a first juvenile misdemeanor
. It will only expunge records of acquittals, dismissals and reversals. That means you will have to seek a pardon from the governor to get your Federal rights back.
North Carolina's Firearms statute states that after a pardon that restored your civil rights you would get your state rights back and be able to own and possess a firearm again.
Pardons are very difficult to get, but at least you would not need a lawyer to apply for one. And, if you've been out of trouble with the law for 30 years, you certainly sound like a good candidate for a pardon. You would have to get the forms from the North Carolina Office of Executive Clemency
, (http://184.108.40.206/clemency/) as they do the screening for the governor. Make sure you make it clear when you apply that you are seeking a pardon and
your gun rights.
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Edited by FranL on 5/2/2010 at 8:51 PM EST