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One who is convicted of a felony automatically loses his firearm rights under state and federal law. If you have been convicted of a felony as described in Section 18.2-308.2 of the Code of Virginia, you may still be eligible to purchase a firearm if your rights have been restored under both state and federal law, as follows:
You have been pardoned or have had your political disabilities removed pursuant to Article V, Section 12 of the Constitution of Virginia, and the executive order does not place any conditions upon the reinstatement of your right to ship, transport, possess or receive firearms.
You were convicted of a felony offense in a Virginia Circuit Court, you have been granted permission by the Circuit Court of the jurisdiction in which you reside or the court in which you were convicted to possess or carry a firearm (with no restrictions on the type or use of firearms) and one of the following:
- you have had all other political rights restored by the Governor, or,
- you have had your federal disabilities removed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
You were convicted of a felony offense in a state other than Virginia, you have had your political rights restored by the Governor of the State in which you were convicted, or other legal authority of that state, and you have had your firearms rights restored (with no restrictions on the type or use of firearms) by a court or other legal authority in the State in which you were convicted.
You were convicted of a felony offense by a federal court and have had your firearm disabilities removed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
In other words, if you were convicted of a felony in Virginia, you would first need to have your rights restored in Virginia to be able to own a weapon.
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