What Types of People Are Prohibited from Using & Owning Firearms?

Under the Gun Control Act (GCA), it is unlawful for certain categories of individuals to ship, transport, receive, or possess firearms or ammunition. Prohibited categories include:

  • Fugitives from justice.
  • Those convicted of a crime that is punishable by a prison sentence exceeding one year.
  • Those who unlawfully use or are addicted to any controlled substance. This includes anyone who enters into a deferred prosecution or who has a medical marijuana card.
  • People who have been adjudicated as a mental defective or have been committed to any mental institution.
  • Anyone who entered the country illegally.
  • Service-members from Armed Forces who have been discharged under dishonorable conditions.
  • Individuals who have renounced their United States citizenship.
  • Anyone subject to a restraining order for harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of the intimate partner.
  • People convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence.

Section 18 U.S.C. § 992(n) of the Gun Control Act also prohibits people under indictment for crimes with prison sentences exceeding one year for shipping, transporting, or receiving firearms or ammunition. This section of the Act also makes it illegal to sell or otherwise dispose of firearms or ammunition to anyone who is prohibited from shipping, transporting, receiving, or possessing firearms or ammunition.

If you have lost your rights to possess a firearm, you may be eligible to have your rights reinstated. Call our Bellevue criminal defense team to learn more.

Have you been arrested for a firearm-related offense? Our skilled team of Bellevue criminal defense lawyers can help defend your rights. Call (425) 559-9449 today to schedule your free consultation with our legal professionals.

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