Can I legally own and purchase a firearm for hunting

I want to know what the law is on
owning and purchasing a firearm, I was
on deferred adjudication for felony
family violence in the state of Texas.
I successfully completed the probation
and classes, I had a class a
misdemeanor before this that I set time
out in jail that I plead no contest to.
I just want to know if I can legally
own a gun to be able to go hunting
with. I just need to know if I can or
not so I do not get in anymore trouble.

Asked on June 29, 2016 under Criminal Law, Texas


B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You can potentially possess one under state law becasue you received a deferred adjudication.  However, since some federal prosecutors will consider even a 'deferred' sentence a 'conviction', you do run the risk of being charged under the federal statute as a "prohibited person", because the offense would fall under the category of a domestic assault. 

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