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can a felon be around a gun?
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can a felon be around a gun?

i was convicted of a felony in 2000 and my boyfriend has guns. it has been 9 years but can i be around them?


NO NO NO NO NO...take it from personal experience you cannot own or even be around a gun, bullets or even gunpowder. Federal law supercedes all state laws and the Feds will knock you in the head for 72 months for possession of a firearm or anything that contains gunpowder, including fireworks.

Are you still on parole. If not prolly won't be a problem. Unless your boyfriend has them illegally and takes them places he shouldn't.

Not in my state.

Around? Sure. For instance, if you strolled down the street past a gun shop, that is not a crime. Possession of a firearm is a crime. Possession can be joint or single, actual or constructive. If you have immediate access to the gun, and know it is there, that is possession.

Each state has a different twist on this law. Some say No, some say, around not own, some say once you completed time in prison, you are free too own again.

A. E. Moreira
In almost every state, the answer at least is that you cannot possess a gun once convicted of a felony.

*lil M*
You can be around one, but you can not own one or get caught carrying one! Also if you live with your boyfriend or he lives with you and their are guns in your house hol dthats also illegal.

You can be around them. You just can't own, or carry one. You also can not be caught firing one.

As is usual in this forum, you will get a plethora of answers from persons who mean well but can be misinformed or apply state information over Federal.

Look up 18 USC 922 subparagraph G ( That refers to the Lautenberg Act under United States Code.) This is the Federal guidelines concerning weapons and convicted felons.

In a nutshell, it states that anyone convicted of any felony crime cannot be around weapons ( dont go to a gun show), own, possess or purchase firearms or be in a house that has firearms in it.

To complicate issues even further, the great state of Texas added some of their state laws, such as a convicted felons can have a shotgun for personal defense in their home. Other states allow convicted felons to own black powder firearms for hunting purposes, etc. This does nothing more than create massive problems in the legal system since the Lautenberg Act is a Federal statute, which over rides all state laws.

By all means, read the above USC for yourself so you will be familiar with the Federal law. The first thing a Judge will tell you is that "ignorance of the law is no excuse".

One thought that does come to mind however. Have you looked into getting your record expunged? Each state is specific about what is allowed or not allowed to be expunged, time elements apply and prior records do count against you, but the easiest way to find out is to contact an attorney within the jurisdiction of the arrest/conviction to see if you qualify. If so, the attorney can draw up your petition and submit it to the court in your behalf. A court appearance is usually not needed in this type of motion and you will be notified by mail of the decision. Each attorney's fees will be different according to their own values and how much work may be needed for this, but they will give you a figure during your first consultation so you can make an informed decision.

Best of luck and I hope this is useful to you

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