Expungement and Gun Rights

Arkansas has some of the best hunting in the south with the stunning Northwest Arkansas Mountains and the duck hunting capital. However, you cannot get many animals this hunting season without a gun. Let Morton Law handle your expungement and restore your hunting season.


Expungement is a process where the legal record of an arrest or criminal conviction becomes confidential. In Arkansas, when a person meets the requirements to have a record expunged, his or her record becomes confidential.  For more information on other topics of expungement, check out our other blogs.

Restoring Gun Rights

Arkansas law makes it a crime for anyone convicted of a felony to possess a firearm. Possessing a firearm as a felon is not just a violation of probation or parole. If a felon is in possession of a firearm, it will result in a new crime usually a felony. Unless your record was dropped, you participated in a drug court program, or hard records sealed through Act 346. However, sealing your record will not restore your right to carry a firearm as a felon. According to statute, A.C.A. § 5-73-103, a governor’s pardon is required to restore the gun rights of convicted felons.

Governor’s Pardon

The process of obtaining a governor’s pardon concerning gun rights is separate from sealing your record or obtaining a pardon for a crime or criminal sentence. Our office can make both a petition to seal your record and try to restore your gun rights via a governor’s pardon for you. To receive a restoration of gun rights via a governor’s pardon the crime must be at least eight years old or involve the use of any weapons. If you used a weapon during your felony, you are not eligible to have your gun rights restored. Federal law makes possessing a firearm a crime if you have a felony or misdemeanor conviction of domestic violence.Firearm expungement Morton Law

The process of restoring your gun rights are lengthier than sealing your record, which can take several months. If you receive a governor’s pardon involving gun rights, you can possess a firearm without violating statute A.C.A § 5-73-103. However, state laws still require you to follow all laws regarding gun possession including concealing and carry laws. If there are any questions, you should consult an attorney for assistance.

Need Help?

For help with expungement details, call George B. Morton with Morton Law at 479-587-9988. Arkansas’s best Criminal Law Experts in the Fayetteville, Springdale, and Washington County areas.

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