Guns in a locked cabinet/case that you dont have access to. And what are the laws concerning bb guns, bows, and knives on felony probation?
The person who can probably best answer this question is your probation officer. Ultimately it is your probation officer who will decided if he/she will violate you, arrest, and if you will have to fight a violation.
My response to your question is a generic response and should not be construed as controlling to your case. I can not effectively advise about your case without knowing all the facts. Additionally, my response does not create an attorney-client relationship. You can contact my office to schedule an appointment if you would like to have me represent you.
Mr. LeBrasseur is correct. Though it may be techinically legal, you should seek consent with your PO ahead of time. In this case it is NOT better to ask forgiveness than permission, because it could cost you a lot of money in attorneys' fees and/or a lot of time in jail. Get your PO's permission IN WRITING.
That being said, you should explain to your PO that you will not have access to the firearms, and thus you are not in constructive possession of them. Whether he goes along with that or not is up to him. If we are talking about a cabinet that can easily be broken into (like a glass one) I would not even risk it. You should have the person who owns the firearms get a safe that only they can open. Even that should be run by your PO to see if it will be a problem.
I cannot opine on Virginia law (since I am in CA), but federal law does not prohibit you from having BB guns, bows, or knives. But, you should check with a VA attorney to see if there are any state laws prohibiting you from doing so before you do it.
You should also speak with a VA attorney about whether you qualify to have your felony "expunged" or "set-aside" pursuant to federal law, which would restore your firearm rights. Some convictions can be, others cannot, and it depends on state law, so again, I cannot opine.
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