Restoring your firearm rights
A person will permanently lose their right to own firearms under state and federal law if they’re convicted or court martialed of a felony offense, a misdemeanor that involves domestic violence, are subject to a permanent stocking protective order, or have been declared by the court to be mentally unfit. A person may temporarily lose their right to own firearms if they are subject to a temporary restraining order.

Matt Watkins Law is an Oregon gun law expert. There are various pathways to restore your right to own firearms under both state and federal law if you have lost them. First, expunging your criminal conviction will remove the prohibition against owning firearms. However, not every crime is eligible for expungement. Reducing a prior felony conviction to a misdemeanor after the fact may restore your right to own firearms if the former judgment is amended nunc pro tunc. This means that the new judgment was postdated to the date of the original conviction. If you’ve lost your firearm rights due to being subject to a stocking protective order the only way to remove the prohibition is to have this stocking protective order dismissed. If all else fails, you can file a civil petition to restore your right to own firearms under ORS 166.274.

All of these processes can be legally complicated and your chances for success will improve astronomically with the help of a lawyer. If you are seeking to have your firearm rights restored, call Matthew Watkins today for a free consultation.


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