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Prior Felony Conviction and Firearms Ownership…

February 22, 2010 AZ CCW Laws, Legal Issues, State Firearms Laws No Comments

Question: I am a convicted felon who served 5 years in ADOC for failing to file income taxes. My sentence expired it 11/98. I have had no further contact with law enforcement. I am 65 years old and would like to take up pistol shooting at a range as a hobby. I want to to all this legally. What steps should I take? I live in Yavapai county.

Answer: The first step should be to look into having your conviction expunged.  There is a legal process in Arizona that allows a non-violent convicted felon to petition the court to “set aside” the conviction and expunge your record.  Since it has been more than 10 years since completing your sentence, you are well past the time threshold to be able to do this.  I’d suggest that you speak with an attorney about how to get this process started.  If you can’t afford an attorney, someone in the county attorney’s office may be able to point you in the direction of resources available in Yavapai County that could help you.

Once you file the appropriate paperwork and have the conviction set aside, your civil rights including your right to own a firearm will be restored.  Then you will legally be able to purchase a pistol to pursue your new hobby.

On a final note, I also encourage you to seek out some good firearms training once you can legally own a firearm again.  Good training from a qualified instructor will make a big difference by helping you build quality skills and teaching you how to handle a firearm safely…

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