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 conviction would have any effect on your ability to possess or purchase firearms – and you have every reason to be concerned!
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 Cannot Legally Possess a Firearm?
In addition, anyone convicted of any type of felony conviction, certain firearms offenses, a domestic violence restraining order, have been committed to a mental institution, and anyone who has committed certain misdemeanors are ineligible to possess or purchase firearms in California.
Felony DUI Prevents Gun Ownership
Since a felony conviction restricts gun ownership, any felony DUI conviction will automatically make you ineligible to own or bear a firearm. This includes a lifetime ban on being able to purchase, own, or possess a firearm in California.
Misdemeanor Convictions That Prevent Firearm Ownership
We mentioned that people convicted of “certain misdemeanors” cannot possess or own a firearm.
Misdemeanors that make someone ineligible to own a gun include:
- Intimidating / threatening witnesses
- Throwing a corrosive acid or flammable substance on another
- Death threats
- Possessing a firearm in a school zone
Can I Possess a Firearm If I Have a Misdemeanor DUI?
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!