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Legal justifications for losing your right to own a firearm

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2022 | Criminal Defense |

The Second Amendment grants law-abiding citizens legal permission to own a gun. By exercising this freedom, people may protect themselves and their families.

Meanwhile, the government wants to eradicate gun violence. Thus, there are many rules relating to the possession and use of firearms. Revocation of the right to have a weapon is even possible.


Any Class A, B or C felony conviction triggers automatic loss of the right to own a firearm. Those facing Class A charges could go to prison for decades or life. Carjacking and money laundering are examples of Class B felonies. Class C violations include burglary and aggravated assault. Note that classifications vary by state.


The likelihood of a firearm causing unintended injury increases with using narcotics. Individuals whose records show drug-related offenses remain strong candidates for losing firearms permits. Surprisingly, so too are those whose histories merely include stints in rehab.


Individuals living in America without documentation may not own a gun. That said, legal noncitizen immigrants have the go-ahead to own a firearm. Natural citizens who renounce their citizenship surrender their Constitutional privileges, including gun ownership.

Military discharge

Although rare, the prerogative of gun ownership may disappear alongside a dishonorable discharge. Those with histories of gross misconduct while serving cannot wield deadly firepower. There are no remedies once this happens. A dishonorable discharge forever bars one from purchasing a gun.

Lovers of firearms experience distress when they lose their entitlement to handle guns. Fortunately, legal recourse may reverse these rulings in some instances.