As Americans, we take our right to bear arms under the Second Amendment
very seriously. Most gun enthusiasts embrace their right to use firearms
to protect themselves and their families from intruders and dangerous
Some people enjoy target shooting with handguns and rifles for fun, while
others take their rifles to the woods to hunt deer and other animals.
Often, guns are needed for protection from wild animals when visiting
the mountains or camping.
If you happen to be one of those people who take pride in owning firearms,
and you recently got into trouble with the law, you may be wondering if your
criminal charges could threaten your right to possess a firearm. It depends.
Will you have to give up your weapons?
There are several situations where you could lose your right to own a firearm
in Virginia. Here are some of the top reasons why you could be prohibited
from possessing a firearm:
You are charged with a
- You are the subject of an active misdemeanor or felony arrest warrant from
Virginia or another state.
- You have been convicted of a misdemeanor, punishable by two years, even
if you did not do all the time.
There is an outstanding restraining order against you for
- There is an outstanding restraining order against you from a spouse, former
spouse, or person with whom you have a child in common.
- You are addicted to drugs.
- You been acquitted for an offense because the court found you insane.
- A court found you legally or mentally incompetent or incapacitated.
- You are an alien legally in the U.S.
- You have been convicted of domestic violence, including misdemeanors.
- You were convicted of two misdemeanors for drug possession or marijuana
(within a certain time period).
If any of the above applies to your situation, you may be denied the right
to own or possess a firearm. Even if you are convicted of a felony, you
may eventually be able to purchase a firearm as long as your civil rights
have been restored under state and federal law.
If you’re facing criminal charges, the best way to protect your gun
rights is to avoid a conviction.
Contact Carlson & Collier to schedule a consultation!