If you have been convicted of a felony in Oregon, it is important to understand your rights regarding guns and other restricted weapons. It doesn’t matter if this felony occurred in Oregon or in another state, the laws will still apply to you. If you have questions about your particular situation, contact a Portland defense attorney who can learn your individual set of facts and give you an opinion.
In Oregon, it is illegal for a felon to be in possession of a firearm or of a restricted weapon. The law also has several restricted weapons that are illegal to possess. If you are unsure if a weapon falls on this list or are unsure if it is legal for you to possess a gun, it is always best to err on the side of safety. Even if you are just holding a gun for someone else, you could be arrested. This is a felony in this state, so people need to be diligent about understanding their rights. Gun charges are taken seriously in Oregon, so do not delay seeking hel.
There are, however, exceptions to this law. If 15 years or more have passed since the completion of your sentence, it is legal for you to possess a weapon (unless the felony was for homicide). For example, if you were convicted on October 10, 2010 of a felony and you completed your jail term and your probation on October 30, 2018, it would be legal for you to possess a firearm on October 31, 2033.
If your record has been expunged of a felony conviction, it is also legal to possess a firearm regardless of when you were convicted. If you are curious about potentially getting your record expunged, a defense attorney can help determine if this is possible.
At Kroll & Johnson, we understand that many people take their self-defense seriously and therefore want to own a gun. It is important for these people to follow the law, however, lest they find themselves charged with a felony. If you face a weapons charge in Portland or have questions about your right to own a gun, contact Kroll & Johnson today for a free consultation.