Virginia Gun Rights Restoration
A felony conviction is a life-changing event. Among the many consequences of a felony conviction is that an individual loses their gun rights. Moreover, the details of the offense do not matter. It could be the individual’s first offense. The felony could have been a minor property crime, barely over the felony threshold. The felony could be a one-time bad decision regarding passing bad checks.
None of that matters. The only thing that matters is the felony conviction itself. Once the conviction is entered, the individual loses their gun rights.
Fortunately, Virginia law provides a way for an individual to get their gun rights restored. The statute itself can be found in Virginia Code § 18.2-308.2(C). The process involves filing a petition in a circuit court and going before a judge for a hearing. It is not an automatic process, and there is a very real chance that a judge may say, “No.” Nonetheless, it is a viable option for many people to regain an important right that they lost as a result of bad decisions long ago.
Getting started. Basic eligibility and potential disqualifications.
You may be eligible for gun rights restoration in Virginia if you meet the following criteria:
- You had a felony conviction in a Virginia circuit court.
- The Governor of Virginia has already restored your civil rights (e.g., the right to vote, serve on a jury, and hold public office). For more information on the restoration of civil rights, see this link: https://www.restore.virginia.gov
If you meet these two criteria, you might be eligible to have your gun rights restored. This does not mean that you necessarily have a “good case,” and there are no such things as guaranteed outcomes. All the same, if you meet these two criteria, you should keep reading for more information.
You are NOT eligible for Virginia gun rights restoration if have have any of the following disqualifications:
- You have been convicted of a felony in ANY federal court.
- You have been convicted of a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” in ANY state.
- Your felony convictions are from another state, and you do not have any felonies in Virginia.
(If you have felonies from Virginia AND another state, you may still be eligible.)
If you have any of these three disqualifications, you are not eligible for gun rights restoration in Virginia. I am sorry. There are currently no viable options to restore you gun rights after a federal felony or after a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. If you only have felonies from another state, you must have you gun rights restored by that state (if possible).
So, you’re eligible, what now? Call for a free consultation.
Call or contact the office for a free consultation. We will discuss all of your options and go over all of your questions. A typical consultation will take between 10 and 20 minutes. We will assess the strength of your case and discuss the best way to move forward.
Most importantly, rest assured that — if you choose to hire me to pursue your case — you will be in good hands. I dedicate the majority of my law practice to restoring gun rights for responsible individuals who have paid their debts for former convictions. I have handled multiple Virginia gun rights restoration cases in cities and counties all across Virginia. From Virginia Beach to up to Fairfax County. From Front Royal down to Roanoke. From Franklin County down to Danville. And everywhere in between. I have helped numerous satisfied clients navigate this process. This is my passion, and I love what I do.
Learn more below about the Virginia gun rights restoration process, what to expect, and how I can help you.
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