Can I own/posses a firearm. I am a convicted felon from 2009.. It was Felony 2nd degree Burglary but was non violent. Ohio trumbull county

I have read up on this and seem to keep finding that Ohio let’s non violent felons posses or own firearms after their sentence is completed, which I have been completed for a few years. Although some evidence I find is conflicting which leaves me wondering what the case may be. The offense occured in 2009 and I was sentenced in 2010. I recieved 5 years probation which is completed. Thank You

Asked on September 1, 2016 under Criminal Law, Ohio


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If you pled guilty or were found guilty of any felony and convicted of that offense, then you cannot possess a firearm under the federal statutes, even if your state statute permits possession.  Federal statutes can run a minimum of five year prison sentence.  This is not to say that you will be prosecutored federally.... but you could be charged and convicted in the federal system.

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