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  • Firearms for felons with conviction out of state : legaladvice

     Deborah updated 2 years, 10 months ago 1 Member · 1 Post
  • Deborah

    January 17, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    About 8 years ago, I was convicted of several felony’s in Virginia, where I was attending college. I’m a Florida resident and have since moved down back home, continued to live life, opened a small business and really just stopped committing crimes in general. I’ve literally just become a productive member of society.

    I understand that I lost my rights in the process of the felony conviction, and I’ve served my sentence and paid everything imposed on me, probation and all.

    My question is how can I get my rights restored so I can possess and use a gun in the state of Florida? I understand that there’s a minimum amount of time I need to wait to elapse before I can try to get my civil rights restored (which is a different thing all together from having firearm authority), but I’m researching it further, and I’m not certain I understand what specifically applies to me.

    Basically, The state of Virginia, apparently did a mass-restoration for civil rights for 200,000 people in 2016, of which I was one. I’ve confirmed this on their website.

    Does this impact the restoration of my rights in Florida? By having had it lost due to a felony conviction in Virginia and then having Virginia restore it, am I effectively now “made whole” as far as my civil rights are concerned?

    If so, how would that impact my ability to possess a firearm in the state of Florida? Do I need to go to the Governor of Florida/Clemancy board for the restoration of my firearm authority? I’ve read into this and the best answer I’ve found out is that I need to get permission of the circuit court where I reside to be able to possess a firearm. Can anyone confirm that or am I overlooking something here?

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