As an American citizen, it is your right and privilege to own a gun. Whether you choose to own a gun for personal protection, employment, and/or hunting, it is your duty to act responsibly and within the law.
Ways You Can Lose Your Gun Rights
Committing a crime of violence including robbery, assault, murder, or rape is a pretty sure-fire way to lose your gun rights in PA. But there are many other smaller crimes where firearm restrictions may be included in the sentence. For example, fugitives and some people with controlled substance offenses can lose their right to own a gun. Along with individuals who have a protection from abuse (PFA) order that prohibits possession of a firearm. Additionally, any person who knowingly transfers to an individual under a PFA may face the same penalties!
PA law states that you can have your firearm license revoked if you are an individual “whose character and reputation is such that the individual would be likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety” or “who is a habitual drunkard.” This leaves doors open for DUI and other general crime sentences to include firearm restrictions.
One not so obvious way to lose your gun rights is if you become a medical marijuana cardholder. Gun purchases by an “unlawful user and/or an addict of any controlled substance” are prohibited by federal law “regardless of whether [their] State has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes.” Even though many states are legalizing marijuana for medical and/or recreational purposes, it remains illegal under federal law since it is considered to have a “high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use.”
When Can Gun Rights be Restored?
Maybe a mistake made in youth resulted in a conviction that included a firearm restriction. Some people do not even know they have a restriction until they apply for a license! For some cases, especially where the offense was non-violent, a person can request a Governor’s Pardon. It is advised to hire an experienced Gun Law attorney to consult with and help you through the process. Each case is different and the chances of success vary dramatically for each person’s unique situation.
What is a Governor’s Pardon?
Depending on your particular situation, an attorney may advise you to seek a Governor’s Pardon. This means you are forgiven of the crime you committed and given the opportunity to have your right to bear arms restored. As our Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson said:
“All power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves…that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person; freedom of religion; freedom of property; and freedom of the press.”
Second Amendment Attorney
The second amendment was created for a reason; to give United States citizens the right to bear arms. Not all gun rights lawyers are educated enough on how these rights can be taken away and, in some cases, restored. Constitutional rights were created for a reason and you should always fight to keep or restore your constitutional rights. As a second amendment attorney, it is my duty to protect all people, regardless of their past.
Contact a Gun Rights Attorney
If you find yourself in a situation where your gun rights have been restricted or are in jeopardy of being taken away, contact me right away! I am one of the most experienced gun rights attorneys in PA and I always work hard for you!