The United States Constitution does guarantee the right to own a firearm in Mascoutah, IL. However, if you have a felony charge on your record, you do lose this right. Felons in the state of Illinois cannot own or have in their possession any type of firearm. The same rule applies to ammunition for a firearm. You are not able to be in possession or own ammunition

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Application & Relief

The restriction to own a firearm applies to you no matter what state you received your felony charge in. An example of this would be if you had received a felony charge and conviction in New York, but you moved to Illinois a few months later. You still face a ban on owning a weapon and ammunition.

There is a way to possibly get your rights restored. You will be required to petition the Director of the Department of State Police. They are the only ones who will be able to help you possibly get your weapon rights restored.

Consequences & Punishments For Possession of a Firearm

An additional felony will be placed on you if you are in possession of a firearm. The initial charge that most people receive is a class 3 felony. This comes with a minimum of two years in prison, but you can receive other sentences depending on the case. The possible maximum sentence can be 10 years in prison.  If you are not a first-time offender, your sentence can range from 3 years to 14 years.

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Depending on if your original felony charge was involved with certain drug charges, you can also receive a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 14 years. This also is the same for those who are on parole or probation. Both instances count as a class 2 felony.

If you are in possession of a machine gun, you could be facing a Class X felony. This charge has a minimum sentence of 12 years and a maximum of 50 years. If you were wearing body armor at the time of the charge, you could face a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 40 years.

If you are curious as to how to regain your firearm rights in Mascoutah, IL makes sure to give us at Elovitz Law Office a call. We are here to answer any questions you may have, so give us a call today!