my husband was convicted of a felony in july of 2000.we had it reduced to a mismeandor in june of 2006. can he buy or own a gun now? its been over ten years and pretty sure the judge told him it was a 10-year no gun clause.
Penal Code 17(b) allows the court to reduce certain felonies, known as "wobblers," to misdemeanors. If you had a felony that was subsequently reduced to a misdemeanor, it will allow you to own a gun again -- with a couple of very important exceptions.
If you were convicted of a domestic violence offense, Federal law prohibits you from possessing a gun for life, even if the conviction was a misdemeanor.
As you note, some misdemeanors involving violent or assaultive conduct carry a ten year firearm prohibition. They are listed in Penal Code 12021(c)(1). If your felony is reduced to a misdemeanor, the ten-year ban for a misdemeanor would apply.
To be safe, I would strongly encourage you to get a Personal Firearm Eligibility Check (PFEC) from the California Department of Justice. They will tell you for certain whether it's legal for you to have a gun. Follow this link: http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/pfecfaqs.php