Domestic violence and your right to firearms in California

| Jun 6, 2019 | Domestic Violence

If you’ve been accused of domestic violence, you may be in danger of losing your right to possess a firearm — for the rest of your life.

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, California now imposes a lifetime ban on firearm possession on anyone who is convicted of willfully inflicting bodily harm on a spouse, former spouse, romantic partner or the parent of one’s child. In addition, a misdemeanor conviction for a violent crime like stalking, assault or battery can net you a 10-year ban — whether you have any prior relationship with the victim.

For some people, this might not matter. For others, it could be a mere inconvenience. For some people, however, the loss of one’s right to own and carry a firearm means that they may lose their entire career — whether they work security, are a police officer or are in some other position that requires them to use a firearm.

Even if you are merely charged with domestic violence, the court can prohibit you from possessing a firearm until your case is resolved. If you have a registered firearm and ammunition, you’ll be required to turn it all over to the police until the case is settled. If someone alleges that you have access to an unregistered weapon, you may be subjected to a search of your property.

If you’ve been unfairly accused of domestic violence, you can’t rely on the fact that you’re innocent to protect your future. It’s important to get legal help. Our office can help remove the restrictions you’re under so that you can continue with your career. We can also help you avoid an unfair conviction. For more information, please explore our site further or contact us directly with your questions.

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