My father committed a violent crime almost 20 years ago, has served his time, paid his fines, and done everything by the book required of a felon in the state of North Dakota. I read in my Concealed Carry Permit book that in ND, a felon can regain their gun rights after 10 years. Is this true? If not, what are the steps he should take in getting his gun rights back?
It depends on your father's criminal history, but as a general matter, yes, it's true. The statute is North Dakota Century Code sections 62.1-02-01 and 62.1-02-01.1. I wrote a blog article on this a while ago: http://www.fremstadlaw.com/amendment-possess-firearms-ammunition/ Please understand that these sections are likely to be amended in the 2017 Legislative session due to some perceived "holes" in the law that allow violent felons to regain their rights automatically 10 years after release from probation or parole. Your father should hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to discuss his specific situation as soon as possible.
I am not your attorney. These comments are not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The comments were prepared and offered for general informational or educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide any specific legal or other professional advice of any kind. You should speak with a licensed attorney for definitive legal advice if you have any specific questions.
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