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Restoration of Firearms Rights/Pardons

Friday, December 9, 2011

Members prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition seeking advice regarding the restoration of their rights/pardons may be able to have their rights restored depending on the nature of their conviction and the state in which they reside, but should keep in mind that the process is difficult and will likely require the assistance of local legal counsel.

A disqualifying federal conviction requires a Presidential pardon.  Individuals disqualified due to a federal conviction should consult the United States Department of Justice Office of the Pardon Attorney’s home page for information regarding the process. 

Individuals disqualified due to a state conviction should consult with their respective state’s Attorney General Page prior to contacting this office.  Every state has a different process for obtaining a pardon and/or restoration of rights and most state’s websites provide all the information needed to begin the process.  Some states do not have a process for restoring firearms rights. 

Members in need of a referral to local counsel should consult our attorney referral page.  To contact the Office of Legislative Counsel pleae call (703) 267-1161, or email us at ILAlegal@nrahq.org.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.