What weapons can a felon own in Michigan?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

In Michigan, it is generally unlawful for a person convicted of a felony to possess, carry, or use a firearm. This prohibition is in place to prevent individuals with a criminal history, particularly those who have demonstrated a disregard for the law, from having access to firearms that could potentially be used to commit further crimes or harm others.

However, it is important to note that there are certain circumstances in which a felon’s right to possess, carry, or use a firearm can be restored. This typically involves going through a legal process to have their rights reinstated.

One avenue for restoring firearm rights in Michigan is through a pardon from the Governor. A pardon is an official act of forgiveness that may be granted to an individual who has demonstrated rehabilitation and a commitment to living a law-abiding life. If a felon receives a pardon, their right to possess, carry, or use firearms can be restored.

Another option is to seek relief through a process called “set aside” or “expungement” of the felony conviction. Expungement allows certain felony convictions to be set aside, meaning they are no longer considered convictions for most purposes. However, it is important to note that even with an expungement, there may still be restrictions on firearm possession under federal law.

It is crucial for felons to fully understand the legal requirements and implications before attempting to possess firearms or pursue the restoration of their firearm rights. Violating the law by illegally possessing a firearm can result in severe consequences, including additional criminal charges and potential imprisonment.

It is also worth mentioning that the answer to this question may vary depending on the specific circumstances and the nature of the felony conviction. Therefore, it is advisable for individuals with felony convictions to consult with an attorney who specializes in firearms and criminal law to fully understand their rights and options.

While it is generally unlawful for a felon to possess, carry, or use a firearm in Michigan, there are potential avenues for restoring firearm rights through processes such as a pardon or expungement. However, it is crucial to navigate these processes carefully and with the guidance of legal professionals to ensure compliance with the law.