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Under California law, there are only two basic ways to have gun rights restored after a conviction that has removed your gun rights:
- by having a "wobbler" felony reduced to a misdemeanor, or
- by receiving a pardon from the California governor.
A "wobbler" is an offense that can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor. If you were convicted of a wobbler as a felony, you can petition the court to have it reduced to a misdemeanor. Once your felony is reduced you will be subject only to the restriction -- if any -- that the crime carries as a misdemeanor.
The second way to have your Second Amendment right to bear arms restored after a California conviction is through a pardon by the governor.
Seeking a pardon is a two step process in California:
- Petition the superior court for a California Certificate of Rehabilitation
- If the petition is granted, it automatically becomes a petition for a pardon for the California Governor.
California's governor has complete discretion to grant or deny pardon requests. Generally, applicants must have resided for a minimum of seven years in California. They must also have had no criminal involvement for at least 10 years.
I realize this may not be what you want to hear -please do not shoot the messenger. I can only tell you what the law provides for. The bottom line is while there is a method to have those rights restored, it's not a simple process or one that is guaranteed to result in a lifting of the restriction.
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