If I had a felony charge that was “Disposed – Probation/Deferred”, can I purchase a firearm?

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If I had a felony charge that was “Disposed – Probation/Deferred”, can I purchase a firearm?

Asked on February 26, 2015 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

It depends on weather you are still on probation.  In Texas, you are not considered a convicted felon if you are placed on deferred.  However, some feds do consider you still "subject to an indicment", and could prosecute you for possessing a firearm while on deferred probation.  If you are not completely sure of your status, talk to a criminal defense attorney and let them look over your paperwork.  They need to at least see the original order placing you on probation and any discharge documents.


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