Last week, three ex-Duke football players pled guilty to two misdemeanor gun charges: possessing a gun on school grounds and possessing a concealed weapon. Each student received a one-year probation, a $500 fine, and community service. Because these were misdemeanor charges, their Second Amendment Gun Rights were not revoked.
Unless you’re convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, most misdemeanor convictions do not result in a ban on owning or acquiring firearms. However, all felony convictions do. At least this is the law in California.
But even when these rights are revoked, there’s still hope. There are several options available to restore your California firearms rights. Expungements, felony reductions, certificates of rehabilitation, and governor’s pardons are all tools that, if successful, can restore your California firearm rights.
Yet despite the fact that you regain your California gun rights, you may still be subject to a federal firearms restriction. In order to ensure that you don’t inadvertently break the law by carrying a weapon in violation of a prohibition, it’s best to obtain a copy of both your California and federal criminal records. Doing so allows you to verify whether there are any holds on your right to bear arms.