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Can I own a gun even if I have a felony record?

Individuals convicted of a felony in New York lose their right to possess a firearm. State law prohibits gun licenses from being granted to anyone who has ever been convicted of a felony or other serious offense. If a person with a gun license is convicted of a felony, their firearms license will be revoked.

Under New York law, those with felony convictions for violent crimes or Class A1 felonies including possession of stolen property, stalking, prostitution offenses and endangering the welfare of a child are prohibited from receiving a firearm license. Restoration of gun rights is not available.

However, if someone is convicted of a lower-level, nonviolent state felony, they may be able to restore their firearm privileges by obtaining a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or a Certificate of Good Conduct, issued by the New York State Board of Parole. As each case is unique, the only way to know which certificate restores state and federal firearm rights is to consult an attorney knowledgeable on the subject.

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