Can a Convicted Felon Ever Possess a Firearm?
The answer is very simple, no. If you've been convicted of a crime, state or federal, that is classified as a felony, it is a federal felony and in almost every state, a state felony as well for a convicted felon to possess a firearm. And in the federal courts, that includes even ammunition. So be smart, consult a criminal defense lawyer who is knowledgeable on guns and gun crimes so that you know how to protect yourself so you're not charged. It's very, very serious for a convicted felon to be charged and convicted of possession of a firearm. In addition, you might have questions like, "Well gee whiz, I'm married, my wife's never been in trouble before, we want a gun in our home to protect ourselves even though I'm a convicted felon. Is that possible?" What about, "Can I go to a gun show even though I don't possess a gun?" "Can I own a knife? Is knife considered a weapon that I can be charged for?" These are the kinds of questions that criminal defense lawyers who are knowledgeable about weapons, about guns, can answer for you. Just being a lawyer or just being a criminal defense lawyer doesn't qualify a lawyer on issues involving gun crimes, possession of guns, use of guns, self defense, stand your ground or any of those items.