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As a teenager in September of 1974 I was convicted of misdemeanor offense of Section 459/17b in California.Pursuant to provisions of section 1203.4 of the Penal Code the complaint was dismissed on 05/20/1985. I now live in Texas.Can I own a rifle/shotgun or pistol?
Asked on June 7, 2009 under Criminal Law, Texas
M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 12 years ago | Contributor
You can possess a rifle/shotgun/pistol in Texas as long as your were not convicted of a felony or a Class A misdemeanor involving your family or household, or subject to certain orders issued under the Family Code or Code of Criminal Procedure.
Since you were convicted under Section 459 of the California Penal Code and that has to do with burglary, I'd say that it looks as though you can legally own guns.
However, since I don't have all of the facts of your case, just to be sure you should consult with an attorney who is licensed in Texas.
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