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Past Military Members: Are Your Gun Rights at Risk?

Are you a former member of the Armed Forces? If so, like members of law enforcement and a large percentage of former military members, you take your right to bear arms seriously, very seriously.You know the importance of protecting yourself, your loved ones and your community against dangerous individuals, whether they’re known or unknown and having access to firearms is a huge part of that.

Unfortunately, there are circumstances in life that can rob you of your right to own, possess, or even control firearms and ammunition, such as a felony conviction (including a felony DUI) or getting into trouble with a loved one for domestic violence. If you’re accused of domestic abuse or if you’re facing felony charges, your firearm privileges are at risk.


As a former member of the U.S. military, you cherish your gun rights and you don’t want anything to get in the way of protecting yourself, your family, and your community. However, a brush with the law can throw it all away. Here is what you need to know:

  • If a loved one is accusing you of domestic violence, they can ask the court to get firearms restraining order against you. If the alleged victim is successful and firearms restraining order is issued against you, it can prohibit you from owning or buying any firearms for one year and it can be renewed for one year intervals.
  • If you are convicted of a felony, including felony DUI, you will be barred from owning a firearm for life.
  • If you are convicted of certain misdemeanors, you will be prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm. Such offenses include but are not limited to death threats, intimidating or threatening a witness, and possessing a firearm in a school zone.

Suggested Reading: “Summary of California’s Firearm Laws”

If you’re former military and now criminal charges are putting your gun rights at risk, we urge you to contact our office to meet with a member of our legal team for free.