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Who cannot own a gun in North Dakota?

| Dec 16, 2020 | Weapons Charges

The U.S. Constitution grants people the right to keep and bear arms for their protection. However, the interpretation of the Second Amendment has changed since its inception, and various laws are now in place that may prevent a person from legally owning a gun. Who cannot own a gun in North Dakota, and what happens if someone is found illegally possessing one?

According to state laws, there are three reasons why someone may not be allowed to own a gun. Reason number one, a person may not have certain felonies on his or her criminal record. Reason number two, one may not have a diagnosed mental disorder or recently have been released from a psychiatric facility. Reason number three, one  may not be under the age of 18.

There are a few exceptions to these rules. Convicted felons may eventually earn the right to gun ownership if they can prove they are not a threat to the public, and they can prove they’ve repaid their debt to society. Those who’ve suffered certain mental disorders may receive permission to own guns if it has been more than three years since their being institutionalized. Finally, a child under the age of 18 may be granted gun ownership rights if he or she will be supervised while using the weapon and only use it for hunting or training purposes.

Anyone who does not meet the state standards for gun ownership and who is found with a weapon in their possession may be arrested and charged with illegal possession of a firearm. In North Dakota, the consequences if convicted on such a charge can be significant. Those accused of illegal possession of a gun can help themselves and their case by turning to an experienced criminal defense attorney for assistance navigating the criminal court system. Legal counsel will have the ability to look at all the details of the case, question evidence, and help the accused take the steps deemed necessary to seek the best outcome possible.

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