Can you use a gun if you have a felony? 
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Can you use a gun if you have a felony? 

On Behalf of | Apr 2, 2021 | Violent Crimes

It is commonly said that those with felony records are not allowed to own guns. This is true in North Carolina. However, that statement alone is somewhat misleading. It may make you think that you can still use a firearm if you have a felony. You just cannot buy it or register it as the owner.

What does the law really say about firearms and felonies?

Using a firearm is illegal with a felony

The truth is that you are not allowed to use a firearm at all, regardless of who owns it. The law in North Carolina does not say that it is merely impossible to buy a gun after a conviction. It says that you cannot possess or have a firearm in any sense. 

Say you go to the shooting range with your friends. None of the guns are yours. You do not attempt to buy or rent one. You don’t even buy bullets for the range. You just borrow your friend’s gun for some target practice. 

While this may feel like you did not violate the law, the reality is that you did. The moment the gun is in your hand, it’s in your possession. The shooting range should prohibit this, but, if they do not and you get caught by the authorities, you could face serious charges for a weapons violation. The police are not going to accept the fact that you did not own or purchase the gun as an excuse that gets you out of those charges. 

What options do you have if you’re facing a weapons charge?

As you can see, it’s very important to understand the real ramifications of a felony conviction, particularly where firearms are concerned. A mistake can easily lead to weapons charges. If you find yourself in trouble with the law over a firearm, speak to an experienced attorney right away.