Many people own guns for sporting use or as a way to protect their loved ones if a threat arises. However, accusations of domestic violence can endanger the gun rights of even the safest firearm owners. While this law is intended to protect the safety of the public, it can also impact those who were wrongfully accused. Could a heated argument with your partner put your gun ownership at risk?
How can domestic violence charges impact your gun rights?
A domestic violence conviction in California can impact your life for a long time, and that includes your right to own firearms. Under California Penal Code Section 29805, a domestic violence conviction will prevent you from owning a gun for ten years, even if those charges are on the misdemeanor level. Federal law is even more strict, banning people convicted of domestic violence from acquiring or owning firearms for the rest of their life.
Even more seriously, people who lose their right to own a firearm due to a domestic violence charge will not have that right restored if they go through the process of clearing their record.
How can people accused of domestic violence protect their gun rights?
The right to own a firearm is important to many, and protecting that right starts with a strong defense against these charges. An experienced attorney can examine the particulars of your case, identify any violations of your rights during the arrest process and identify the best defense for your case. With the right defense, you may be able to protect your freedom and your rights, including your right to own firearms.