Can I get my gun rights back as a felon?

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Can I get my gun rights back as a felon?

I am a convicted felon. It has been almost 6 years since my last conviction and I am not under community supervision. I want to try to get my gun rights back. Do I need to file in the counties where the offenses took place or can I file where I live now? Also, I need to know if I have to file for each cause number separately? Can I do this on my own without a lawyer?

Asked on January 13, 2012 under Criminal Law, Washington

Answers:

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you are a convicted felon and as a result cannot own or possess a firearm, the only way for you to be able to possess a firearm is to file a petition in each county court house under the case number resulting in the prior criminal conviction regarding the request that you are writing about. Filing in the county where you live now and where the criminal action was not filed will not be of assistance to you.

Meaning, if there were several case numbers resuling in a criminal conviction, you need to file the petition in each case filing for the relief that you desire as a convicted felon seeking the right to possess a firearm.

You can file the petitions on your own, however, the chances for success in my opinion would increase if you retained a criminal defense attorney to assist you.

 

 


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