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Can I legally own a firearm if I have a felony on my record?

I was charged with a felony possession of marijuana back in 2001. I've had a clean record ever since. Now I would like to own a gun to have in my house for protection. Can I do that without breaking any laws?

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    Donald E. Oliver | Oliver & Duncan
    836 SW 12th Street
    Redmond, OR 97756
    (541) 504-8250
    No, you cannot own or possess a firearm if you have a felony conviction on your record, but it sounds like you can get the felony conviction expunged because it is very old and does not involve any violent acts. After the Expungement is completed you should be able to pass a background check so you can purchase a firearm and you may be able to qualify for a concealed handgun license (CHL). When you do acquire a firearm, make sure you have some serious training in how to use it, both for normal gun safety and how to handle any potential "social" use.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon - Replied: 1/3/2013
    Douglas Riddell | Riddell Law LLC
    Riddell Law LLC
    Columbus, OH 43215
    (614) 361-2804
    No. You can file a motion for restoration of your firearm rights, and I would recommend that you hire an experienced and affordable firearm rights attorney to help you with that process.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio - Replied: 1/2/2013
    Alison Bermant | Alison Bermant
    10418 Donner Pass Road, Suite C
    Truckee, CA 96161
    (530) 550-0529
    No you cannot. Anyone convicted of a felony in California is banned from possessing firearms even if an expungement pursuant to Penal Code section 1203.4 is obtained. You may be able to reinstate your gun possession rights only after a pardon from the governor.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 1/2/2013
    Donald Gallick | Law Office of Donald Gallick LLC
    190 N. Union St. #102
    Akron, OH 44304
    (330) 631-6892
    No. You have to first have the conviction sealed. Next you have to obtain an order of restoration of firearm rights.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio - Replied: 1/2/2013
    Scott Powers | Law Office of Scott Powers
    1623 Central Avenue, Suite #1
    Cheyenne, WY 82001
    (307) 432-4058
    You cannot legally own a firearm if you have a felony record.
    Answer Applies to: Wyoming - Replied: 1/2/2013
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