What rights can I restore after a felony charge?

| Feb 16, 2021 | Criminal Law |

The founding fathers of the US enshrined 2nd Amendment rights when they created the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. However, there are still some limits in place regarding who the government allows to own a gun and who cannot.

One of the most common ways to lose the right to bear arms is if the courts convict an individual of a felony. The laws governing this are different between states. In the state of Montana, an individual loses firearm rights if the courts convict him or her of a crime involving a dangerous weapon.

Is there any way to get firearms rights back as a felon?

There are ways to restore your right to own a gun in the state of Montana if the courts have convicted you of a felony. It involves either a pardon on some level of government for the felony or a direct petition to court.

There is some controversy involving selling guns to nonviolent felons. Remember that it is always the right of a gun shop owner to not sell you a gun, even if the courts convicted you of a nonviolent felony.

What other rights can I lose as a felon?

While you serve your prison sentence for felony charge, you will not be able to vote. However, once you serve your jail sentence, the government will restore this right to you. Jury service is also another privilege that the government revokes during a prison sentence but restores to you after you leave jail. The right to run for public office works the same way as jury service.