The Second Amendment protects our right to bear arms, but this right may be revoked upon conviction of a felony or certain misdemeanors. If you are addicted to drugs or suffer from a mental illness, you are also prohibited from owning or possessing a gun.
The restriction for both felons and drug addicts is a lifetime ban on your right to bear arms. While misdemeanors do not generally restrict your firearm rights, there are a number of exceptions that will impose a 10 year ban. If a court has declared that a person has a mental disorder or illness which causes them to be a danger to themselves or others, there are very specific conditions that must be met in order to have firearm rights restored. While being convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense will cause a 10 year ban by the State of California, the federal ban is a lifetime ban. Even if you wait the 10 years to restore your firearm rights, you are still prohibited federally from possessing a firearm.
There are a number of actions that can be taken to restore your Second Amendment right to bear arms. If you have been charged with a crime that can be prosecuted as either a felony or misdemeanor in Fairfield, Vallejo or another area in Solano County, at the Law Office of Laura M. Petty, we can fight to have the charge reduced to a misdemeanor, thereby protecting your ability to own and possess firearms in the future.
Let us use our 20 years of experience in criminal defense to protect your rights. The restrictions on our right to bear arms are harsh and it will take a skilled defense strategy to help ensure a positive outcome in your case. Contact a Solano criminal defense lawyer at our firm if your Second Amendment right to bear arms has been restricted or threatened. We are proud to work with residents in all of Solano County, including the cities of Benicia, Fairfield, Dixon, Rio Vista, Vallejo, and Vacaville.