Are you an owner of one or more firearms? Or, are you looking to purchase
a firearm in the near future? If you were recently arrested for DUI in
Orange County, you may be wondering if a DUI conviction would have any
effect on your ability to possess or purchase firearms – and you
have every reason to be curious!
As the owner (or potential owner) of a firearm, you are responsible for
understanding and complying with all local, state, and federal laws regarding
owning firearms. The legality of any specific act or question will be
governed by the applicable state or federal law.
If you have any specific questions about how a misdemeanor or a felony
DUI could affect your rights to bear arms, you are encouraged to contact our
Board Certified Orange County
DUI defense attorney.
Who is ineligible to possess a firearm?
Any person convicted of any felony (including felony DUI), certain firearms
offenses, anyone with a domestic violence restraining order, anyone who
has been committed to a mental institution, and anyone who has committed
certain misdemeanors are ineligible to possess or purchase firearms in
We mentioned that people convicted of “certain misdemeanors”
cannot possess or own a firearm. Such misdemeanors include: intimidating
and threatening witnesses, assault, throwing a corrosive acid or flammable
substance on another, death threats, and possessing a firearm in a school
zone to name a few.
Misdemeanor DUI & Possessing a Firearm
Will a conviction for a misdemeanor DUI bar you from owning or possessing
a firearm in California? Generally, no, however, a conviction for a felony
DUI will preclude you from possessing or purchasing a firearm for life.
Lots of honorable citizens enjoy their handguns and rifles. Whether it
be for hunting, target shooting, protecting oneself from bears and mountain
lions while in the local mountains, or for protecting the family and home
– the right to bear arms is very important to many Californians
and self-proclaimed gun enthusiasts.
If you are facing DUI charges, or more specifically,
felony DUI charges, then your right to possess firearms may be at risk.
Call the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to get in touch with an
Orange County DUI defense lawyer
who is determined to fight and win your charges!