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Restoring Gun Rights in North Carolina

Greenville Lawyer Handling Restoration of Firearm Rights

The consequences of a felony conviction do not end when you are released from prison. Your record follows you and interferes with your life in many ways, including preventing you from owning a gun or ammunition. The ability to carry a firearm is a very important freedom to many North Carolinians, and being prevented from doing so because of your criminal history can be difficult to accept.

Fortunately, your right to own a gun could be restored, depending on your particular circumstances. At my Greenville law firm, the Law Offices of Keith A. Williams, I proudly represent people who have state felony convictions in their pasts, but who have turned themselves around and now wish for the right to carry a firearm. My clients include people from throughout North Carolina.

Ways to Restore Firearms Rights

The facts about restoring gun rights are some of the key things to know regarding gun law. This is an area of law full of misinformation, so obtaining accurate advice from an experienced Greenville attorney such as myself is your best choice. As your lawyer, there are three possible ways that I could have your gun rights restored if you have a North Carolina felony conviction on your record:

  1. Expunge a nonviolent felony conviction.We can apply for expungement 15 years after the end of your active sentence or the end of your probation.
  2. If you do not qualify for expungement, I may still be able to restore your right to own a gun, even though the conviction will stay on your record. We can apply for restoration of rights 20 years after the end of your active sentence or the end of your probation. You may be eligible for restoration even if you have other marks on your record.
  3. If numbers 1 and 2 are unavailable to you, it may be possible to file a lawsuit asking for your gun rights to be restored. The argument would be that the gun ban, as applied to you, is unconstitutional because you otherwise have followed the law and have a stable, established record of providing for your family and making a positive contribution to your community. It is an expensive option, but it may be worth pursuing if you have an old, nonviolent felony conviction with a general history of law-abiding conduct since the felony conviction but do not qualify for any other relief. This has been done repeatedly in North Carolina.

Limitations on Restoring Gun Rights in North Carolina

Not all convicted felons are eligible for restoration of their gun rights. You cannot obtain gun rights if:

  • You were convicted of a federal felony
  • You were convicted of a state felony in a state other than North Carolina

Essentially, the option to have gun rights restored is only available to those who were convicted in a state court within the state of North Carolina.

Contact an Eastern North Carolina Attorney for a Free Consultation

If you would like to explore the possibility of having your North Carolina firearms possession rights restored, call the Law Offices of Keith A. Williams, P.A., today. You can reach my Greenville office at 252-931-9362 or via email.

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