I am assuming your conviction is from Tennessee. If from another state you should seek advice form an attorney in that state as the laws may differ. Unfortunately, it likely you can't get it expunged. The law in Tennessee was changed in 2012 to allow more people to get prior crimes expunged. But it only allowed for certain misdemeanors and certain E felonies. It did not get expanded to D felonies. Check to be sure your charges weren't under a diversion probation. Diversion is a form of probation for first time offenders; if you complete it you are then eligible to have the conviction dismissed and expunged. But if you were not on diversion and simply plead guilty or were found guilty at trial then you cannot have the charges expunged. Your only avenue may be to seek a pardon from the Governor of Tennessee or the President of the United States.
You might check into which black powder firearms are legal for felons. Certain black powder guns are not considered firearms under federal law and thus are legal to possess for hunting. Check with TBI to see if they know which ones are ok.
Nothing in this communication should be construed as creating an attorney-client relationship. I provide this service for educational purposes only. I will take no action on your behalf unless you have hired me and a written retainer agreement is signed. I am licensed only in Tennessee and I strongly suggest you consult with an attorney in your city and state as Statute of Limitation deadlines can limit your recovery.
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