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How can I get my gun rights back? Im a convicted felon from

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How can I get my gun rights back? I'm a convicted felon from back in 1975.

JD 1992 :

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JD 1992 :

Unfortunately, the only way to get your gun rights back anywhere in the US if you have been convicted of a felony is to first get a pardon. If you were convicted of a federal offense then it has to be a Presidential pardon. If you were convicted in state court then it has to be a pardon from the Governor of the state.

JD 1992 :

The problem here, and there is a lot of incorrect information on the internet, is that FL has a statute on the books which allows a convicted felon to petition to have their civil rights restored. You can read about that process at this link.

JD 1992 :

However, even though FL has that statute, it still would be illegal under federal law for you to own, possess, or exert control over a firearm.

JD 1992 :

Many people look only to their state statutes and do what the state requires and then end up facing a federal firearms charge.

JD 1992 :

The internet also has a lot of erroneous information on this issue as well.

JD 1992 :

There is a statute which allows a felon to petition the Justice Department for a restoration of their rights to have a firearm. The statute allows the petition to be reviewed and then, theoretically, grant the petition.

JD 1992 :

However, and what most of the sites do not explain, is that while the statute is "on the books" Congress has failed to provide funding for the process and so while there have been thousands of applications filed, there has never been one granted (or even reviewed to the best of my knowledge).

JD 1992 :

Therefore, the only way that it is legal to own a gun is to get a pardon which removes the felony conviction. After that, since you are no longer a convicted felon, it is legal to own a gun.

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