If I buy a gun but my dad is a felon and we live together, can I keep the gun in the house if I keep it in a safe?

I live in Reno Nv

Asked on April 12, 2017 under Criminal Law, Nevada


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Under federal and most state laws, regarding gun possession, a felon does not literally have to have a gun on them. To be guilty, they must merely have what is called “constructive possession”. This is when they have control over the place where a firearm is located, whether or not they ever planned on using it. Bottom line, if a felon is in the same residence where there is a gun and they have access to it, they can deemed to be in possession and arrested. Accordingly, at the very least, the gun should be locked up and the felon should not access to it in any way. Further, in some places there is a procedure wherein a person convicted of certain felonies can petition the court to have a gun in their home. At this point, you should consult directly with a local attorney to discuss the details of your situation.

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