Sealing of Records
Sealing of Records 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 sealed, his or her record becomes invisible to the public. For more information on other topics relating to sealing records, check out our other blogs.
Restoring Gun Rights
In Arkansas law, it is 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. It is a felony. 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.
The process of obtaining a governor’s pardon concerning gun rights is separate from sealing your record. Our office can both petition to seal your record and 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.
The process of restoring your gun rights is 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.
For help with expungement details, call Bo Morton with Morton-Law at 479-587-9988. Arkansas’s best Criminal Law Experts in Northwest Arkansas