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What weapons are illegal for Florida felons to have?

On Behalf of | May 26, 2022 | Weapons Charges |

Many aspects of life change after Florida residents are convicted of a felony. As a result, there are many questions as to what weapons a resident can and can’t possess after their charge.

What weapons are illegal for felons to own in Florida?

Florida statute says that it’s illegal for felons and/or delinquents to possess any firearms, ammunition, or related unlawful devices. Related devices include tear gas guns, chemical weapons, etc.

A felon is anyone who’s been convicted of a felony in the state of Florida. However, felonies in other states will also make it illegal to own a weapon in the state of Florida.

What happens if you’re found with a weapon?

If a felon is found with weapons, then they’ll be committing a felony in the second degree and could be brought up on weapons charges. The punishment for this varies, but it usually results in jail time depending on the severity of their first felony.

Sometimes, it is a felony of the first degree. Felonies of any degree can be punished by a prison sentence that doesn’t exceed a life sentence.

When can felons purchase or own weapons?

There are specific circumstances where previous felons are allowed to own weapons, such as if your criminal history records have been expunged or your civil rights have otherwise been restored. In those cases, you’d be allowed to own a firearm or other weapon in the state of Florida. However, it’s important to make sure that you’ve gone through the legal process to restore your civil right to own a weapon after being convicted of a felony.

If you have questions about your rights or restoring your rights after being convicted of a felony in the United States, it’s important to do your research and discuss them with a knowledgeable representative.