Other Free Encyclopedias » Law Library - American Law and Legal Information » State Laws and Statutes

Gun Control laws - Information on the law about Gun Control

convicted felony shotgun seq

The state laws controlling the purchase of firearms are varied and constantly changing. The laws reviewed here are current, but there is still a great amount of legislation pending before state governments designed primarily to make the legal purchase of guns more difficult. Each state has some form of restriction on the buying of guns, though rural states tend to be less restrictive in controlling guns than highly urban states due to the greater numbers of hunters and sportsmen in their populations. Nonetheless, in most states convicted felons and minors cannot purchase guns; in some, aliens and individuals with mental disabilities cannot. Machine guns, automatic weapons, sawed-off shotguns, and guns with silencers are banned in many.

One of the more controversial restrictions applied to the purchase of guns is a waiting period, in which a certain amount of time must pass between the time an individual purchases a gun and is able to take possession of the gun. With the rise in gun-related crimes, a number of states already have instituted waiting periods to discourage rash actions.

A recent controversial restriction on gun ownership surrounds possession of guns in schools. The controversy arose when the Supreme Court struck down, in 1995, the Federal Gun-Free School Zone Act as an unlawful federal interference with states' abilities to govern themselves. Forty-nine states have legislation directly or indirectly affecting possession of guns in and around schools. Some of the states have enacted their legislation since the federal act was overturned, some have had such laws on their books for some time. In any case all states now specifically ban possession of firearms on school grounds.

Table 10: Gun Control

State Code Section Illegal Arms Waiting Period Who May Not Own Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds
ALABAMA 13A-11-63, et seq. Short-barreled rifle or Short-barreled shotgun None 1. Convicted of committing or attempting to commit crime of violence; 2. Drug addicts or habitual drunkard; shall not deliver to: a minor or a person of unsound mind; 3. Reasonable belief applicant has been convicted of crime; 4. Drug addict/habitual drunkard 16-1-24.3 Expulsion of students for one year, who are determined to have brought to school or have in their possession a firearm in a school building, on school grounds, or school buses, or at other school-sponsored function. 13A-11-72 Except for authorized law enforcement officers, no person shall knowingly with intent to do bodily harm possess a deadly weapon on the premises of a public school.
ALASKA 11.61.200 Device made or adapted to muffle the report of firearm; firearm capable of shooting more than one shot automatically without manual reloading, by a single function of trigger; rifle with barrel less than 16 inches; shotgun with barrel less than 18 inches or firearm made from a rifle or shotgun which, as modified, has an overall length of less than 26 inches; possession, sale, transfer, or manufacture of above firearms is illegal None Convicted felon or adjudicated a delinquent minor for conduct constituting a felony if committed by an adult Felony: 11.61.195(a)(2)(A) Misdemeanor: 11.61.220(a)(4)(A); 11.61.210(a)(7)-(8)

Table 10: Gun Control—Continued

State Code Section Illegal Arms Waiting Period Who May Not Own Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds
ARIZONA 13-3101, 3102 Automatic weapons, rifle with barrel less than 16 inches or shotgun barrel less than 18 inches, or any firearm made from rifle/shotgun which as modified has overall length of less than 26 inches, device made or adapted to muffle the report of firearm; firearm capable of shooting one or more shots automatically without manual reloading, by a single function of trigger None 1. Anyone found to constitute a danger to himself or others pursuant to court order and whose court-ordered treatment has not been terminated by court order; 2. Convicted felon involving violence or possession and use of deadly weapon or dangerous instrument and whose civil rights have not been restored; 3. Imprisoned or in correctional/detention facility Misdemeanor or Felony. 13-3102(A)(12)
ARKANSAS 5-73-103, 104 Machine gun, sawed-off shotgun or rifle, firearm specially made or adapted for silent discharge, removing or altering serial mark or ID # on firearm None 1. Convicted felon; 2. Adjudicated mentally ill; 3. Committed involuntarily to any mental institution; 4. Incarcerated person Felony. 5-73-119(a)(2)
CALIFORNIA Penal §§12020, 12021, 12071, 12072 Cane gun; wallet gun; any firearm not immediately recognized as such; short-barreled shotgun or rifle, i.e., barrel of less than 18 inches for shotgun, less than 16 inches for rifle, or less than 26 inches designed to fire a fixed shotgun shell or cartridge; zip gun; any bullet with explosive agent; multi-burst trigger activator; any unconventional pistol; any undetectable firearm. 10 days 1. Concealed weapons, under 21 yrs.; other firearms, under 18 yrs.; 2. Convicted felon, including those certified by juvenile court for prosecution as adult; 3. Addicted to use of any narcotic drug; 4. Anyone whose express condition of probation is not to own firearm; 5. Persons convicted of certain misdemeanors Felony.

Table 10: Gun Control—Continued

State Code Section Illegal Arms Waiting Period Who May Not Own Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds
COLORADO 18-12-102, et seq. "Dangerous weapons": firearm silencer, machine gun, short rifle/shotgun, ballistic knife, those with ID or serial number altered or removed None Minor (under 18), previous conviction of felony attempt or conspiracy to commit such offenses Class 6 Felony. 18-12-105.5
CONNECTICUT 29-33, 35; 53a-211, et seq.; 29-37a Sawed-off shotgun with barrel less than 18 inches or overall length of less than 26 inches; silencer; pistol/revolver without permit outside house or business 2 weeks from mailing of written application 1. Minors (pistol/revolver); 2. Conviction of felony; 3. Illegal or unlawful alien (pistol/revolver); 4. Confined in a psychiatric hospital within preceding twelve months Felony. 53a-217b
DELAWARE Title 11 §1444 & §1445, §1448 Destructive weapons: firearm silencer, sawed-off shotgun, machine gun or any other firearm which is adaptable for use as a machine gun. Dangerous weapons: weapon compressed by air or spring which discharges pellet, slug, or bullet (except B.B. or airgun) None 1. Convicted of felony or crime of violence involving physical injury to another, whether or not having in his possession any weapon during commission of such crime; 2. Anyone ever committed for mental disorder to hospital, sanitarium, or mental institution; 3. Convicted of unlawful use, possession, or sale of narcotic or dangerous drug; 4. Juvenile adjudicated as delinquent if conduct as adult would constitute a felony until 25th birthday; 5. Minor (under 18) (handgun, unless for recreational use while under adult supervision) Felony. Title 11 §1457
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA §22-4501, 4503, 4507, 4514 Machine gun, sawed-off shotgun, or weapon/instrument of kind commonly known as a blackjack, slingshot, sand club; silencers; imitation pistol with unlawful intent; unlicensed pistol concealed None Pistols: 1. Drug addict; 2. Convicted felon; 3. Convicted of soliciting prostitution, keeping bawdy or disorderly house; 4. Vagrants, 5. Not of sound mind Felony. 22-4502.01

Table 10: Gun Control—Continued

State Code Section Illegal Arms Waiting Period Who May Not Own Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds
FLORIDA 790.001, et seq. Short-barreled rifle or shotgun, machine gun 3 days excluding weekends and legal holidays 1. Minors (under 21); 2. Convicted felon (or 3 yrs. after sentence or probation fulfilled); 3. Has been convicted or committed for abuse of a controlled substance within last 3 yrs. 4. Anyone who chronically or habitually abuses alcohol or other substances; 5. Has been adjudicated incapacitated (or 5 yrs. after restoration of capacity) 6. Been committed to mental institution (unless free from disability for 5 yrs.) 7. Person subject to injunction against committing acts of domestic violence Felony. 790.115, 810.095
GEORGIA 16-11-121, et seq. Sawed-off shotgun or rifle; machine gun; dangerous weapon ("rocket launcher," "bazooka" or "recoilless rifle," "mortar," "hand grenade") or silencer None, but 60 days for license to carry pistol 1. Convicted felon; convicted of offense arising out of possession, manufacture, or use of a controlled substance; fugitive from justice; pending proceedings for felony, forcible misdemeanor, for carrying deadly weapon within school safety zone or at public gathering; 2. Under 18 yrs. old; 3. Anyone hospitalized as inpatient at any mental hospital or drug or alcohol treatment center within 5 yrs. of applying for gun license. Felony. 16-11-127.1

Table 10: Gun Control—Continued

State Code Section Illegal Arms Waiting Period Who May Not Own Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds
HAWAII 134-1, et seq. Automatic firearms; rifles with barrel length less than 16 inches; shotguns with barrels less than 18 inches; cannons; mufflers/silencers; hand grenades; assault pistol; any ammunition coated with teflon or designed to explode/segment upon impact 14 days generally 1. Fugitive from justice; 2. Under indictment or convicted of felony or crime of violence or illegal sale of drug; 3. Under treatment for addiction to dangerous, harmful, or detrimental drug; or intoxicating liquor; 4. Diagnosed with significant behavioral, emotional, or mental disorder or acquitted of a crime on grounds of mental disease/disorder or committed to institution for persons with developmental disorder or mental retardation; 5. Anyone under 25 yrs. and has been adjudicated by family court to have committed a felony, two or more crimes of violence or illegal sale of drugs; 6. Minors who are under treatment for addiction to drugs/alcohol, fugitives from justice or determined not to be responsible for a criminal act or who has been committed to an institution on account of mental disease/defect/disorder None
IDAHO 18-3302 et seq. Destructive Device: any type of weapon which will expel a projectile by explosive or other propellant, the barrel of which has a bore of more than .700 inches in diameter, except rifled and unrifled shotguns. None 1. Convicted felon; 2. Person in penal institution; 3. Under 18 without consent or accompaniment of parent or guardian (except sawed-off gun/rifle or automatic weapon) Misdemeanor. 18-3302C; 18-3302D

Table 10: Gun Control—Continued

State Code Section Illegal Arms Waiting Period Who May Not Own Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds
ILLINOIS 720 ILCS 5/24-1, 5/24-3, 5/24-3.1 Machine gun; rifle with barrel less than 16 inches; shotgun with barrel less than 18 inches or any weapon made from rifle or shotgun and as modified has overall length less than 26 inches; stun gun or taser; explosive or metal-piercing bullet; silencer 72 hrs. 1. Concealed weapon: under 18 yrs.; 2. Under 21 yrs. if convicted of misdemeanor other than traffic offense or adjudged delinquent; 3. Narcotic addict; 4. Patient in mental hospital within past 5 yrs.; 5. Mentally retarded; 6. Person confined in penal institution; 7. Felons Felony. 720, ILCS 5/24-1(c); 5/24-3.3
INDIANA 35-47-1-7; 35-47-2-7, 8; 35-47-5-4.1, 8, 11 Machine gun; sawedoff shotgun; armorpiercing handgun ammunition None 1. Convicted felon; 2. Drug abuser; 3. Alcohol abuser; 4. Mentally incompetent; 5. Under 18 (except if parent or guardian); 6. Convicted for any crime involving an inability to safely handle a handgun. Felony. 35-47-9-2
IOWA 724.1, et seq. Offensive weapons: machine guns, short-barreled rifle or shotgun; any weapon other than shotgun or muzzle-loading rifle, cannon, pistol, revolver, or musket, which fires or can be made to fire a projectile by the explosion of a propellant charge which has a barrel of more than six-tenths of an inch in diameter; any bullet containing any explosive mixture capable of exploding upon impact; silencer None 1. Convicted felon; 2. under 18 yrs. old; 3. addicted to the use of alcohol ar any controlled substance; 4. history of repeated acts of violence; 5. issuing officer reasonably determines applicant constitutes a danger to any person; 6. convicted of a crime defined in chapter 708 Felony. 724.4B; 724.4A
KANSAS 21-4201, et seq. Shotgun with barrel less than 18 inches; automatic weapons; cartridges which can be fired by handgun and have plastic-coated bullets with core of less than 60% lead by weight; any device for use in silencing firearm Certain cities and counties have waiting period but not statewide 1. Both addicted to and an unlawful user of a controlled substance; 2. Person convicted of felonies specified under 21-4204(a)(3) and (4) may be denied gun ownership if they have been convicted within either the last 5 years or the last 10 years, depending on the crime Misdemeanor. 21-4204(a)(5)

Table 10: Gun Control—Continued

State Code Section Illegal Arms Waiting Period Who May Not Own Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds
KENTUCKY 527.010, et seq.; 237.060 et seq. Armor-piercing or "black talon" ammunition; defaced firearm None Convicted felon not granted full pardon/relief (including youthful offender convicted of felony offense); minor under 18 yrs. old (except when hunting or with permission of parent) Felony. 527.070
LOUISIANA 14:95.1; 40:1751, et seq. Machine and submachine guns; those with serial or ID # removed or altered None Convicted of certain felonies (murder, manslaughter, aggravated battery, violating uniform controlled substances law, etc.); convicted of crime of violence (felony burglary, felony illegal use of weapons) or crime defined as sex offense, or an attempt to commit these crimes. Misdemeanor or Felony. 14:95.6; 114:95.2
MAINE Tit. 15§393; Tit. 17A §§1051, et seq. Machine gun; armorpiercing ammunition None A person who has been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for one year or more and including juveniles convicted of crimes which would have disqualified an adult. Five years from the date person is discharged from the sentences imposed s/he may apply for a permit to carry a firearm. However, that person may not be given a permit for a concealed weapon Misdemeanor. Tit. 20-A, 6552
MARYLAND Art. 27 §§291A, 442, 481A, et seq. Short-barreled rifle or shotgun 7 days 1. Fugitive from justice; 2. Convicted felon; convicted of crime of violence; 3. Habitual drunkard; 4. Addict/habitual user of narcotics/amphetamines/barbiturates; 5. If spent more than 30 consecutive days in mental institution for treatment; 6. Under 21 yrs. Misdemeanor. 27, 36A

Table 10: Gun Control—Continued

State Code Section Illegal Arms Waiting Period Who May Not Own Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds
MASSACHUSETTS Ch. 269 §§10, et seq.; Ch. 140 §§121, et seq. Machine guns or sawed-off shotgun, etc. legal in appropriate circumstances (i.e., place of business, home, etc.—with license); those with serial or ID number removed or altered; silencer None 1. Alien; 2. Convicted felon; 3. Convicted of unlawful use, possession, or sale of drugs or habitual drunkenness; 4. Under 18 yrs. (15-18 with parents' permission); 5. Confined in mental hospital or institution for mental illness; 6. Currently under order to surrender firearms license or ID card Misdemeanor. 269,10(j)
MICHIGAN MCL 750.222-239; 28.422 Machine gun; automatic or semi-automatic weapons; silencers; mufflers; armor-piercing ammunition None 1. Under 18 yrs.; 2. Committed felony; 3. Insane and not restored to sanity by court order or under order for commitment due to mental illness; 4. Must answer 70% of answers correctly on Basic Pistol Safety Questionnaire in order to purchase gun Misdemeanor. 750.237a

Table 10: Gun Control—Continued

State Code Section Illegal Arms Waiting Period Who May Not Own Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds
MINNESOTA 609.66, 67; 624.713; 624.7132 Silencer; machine gun or machine gun conversion kit; short-barreled shotgun; spring gun; swivel guns, set guns 5 days 1. Minor under 18: Pistol or semi-automatic military-style assault weapon, except under supervision of parent/guardian, military instruction, firing range, successful completion of training course; 2. Convicted of crime of violence unless 10 yrs. has elapsed or civil rights have been restored, including juveniles; 3. Mentally ill; 4. Convicted for unlawful use, possession, sale of controlled substance other than small amount of marijuana or person who's been hospitalized or committed for treatment for habitual use of controlled substance or marijuana unless proof that they haven't abused in 2 yrs.; 5. Chemically dependent; 6. Peace officer who is informally admitted to treatment facility for chemical dependency unless he receives certificate for discharge; 7. Pistol or semi-automatic military-style assault weapon: aliens, fugitives from justice, those dishonorably discharged from armed forces Felony. 609.66 Subd 1d
MISSISSIPPI 97-37-1, et seq. Machine gun or fully automatic firearm, hort-barreled rifle less than 16 inches, or shotgun less than 18 inches; silencer or muffler; toy pistols that can fire or make an explosion (cap pistols are expressly excepted); armor piercing ammunition None 1. Students on campus/education property; 2. Minors under 18; 3. Convicted felons (unless they have certificates of rehabilitation); 4. intoxicated persons Felony. 97-37-17

Table 10: Gun Control—Continued

State Code Section Illegal Arms Waiting Period Who May Not Own Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds
MISSOURI 571.020, et seq. Machine gun; short-barreled rifle/shotgun; silencer; gas gun; explosive weapon; bullet which explodes upon impact; defaced firearm 7 days, concealable weapons; otherwise, none. For a concealable weapon permit: 1. Convicted of dangerous felony; 2. Fugitive from justice, habitually intoxicated or drugged condition, or mentally incompetent; 3. Under 21 yrs. old; 4. Dishonorably discharged from armed services; 5. MO resident for less than 6 mos.; 6. Not citizen of U.S. Misdemeanor. 571.030.1
MONTANA 45-8-301, et seq. Sawed-off rifle or shotgun; machine guns except registered and on own property; silencer None 1. Convicted felon; 2. Adjudicated mental incompetents; 3. Illegal aliens; 4. Minors Felony. 45-8-334; 45-8-361
NEBRASKA 28-1201, et seq. Machine gun; short rifle or short shotgun; defaced firearm; stolen firearm None 1. Under 18: revolver, pistol, or any short-barreled hand firearm (without supervision); 2. Convicted felon/fugitive from justice: barrel less than 18 inches Misdemeanor. 28-1204.04
NEVADA 202.253, et seq. Metal penetrating bullets; short-barreled rifle or shotgun; machine gun or silencer; firearm with altered serial number Up to 120 days —for concealed weapons permit only 1. Minor under 14 unless supervised; 2. Ex-felon unless pardoned or civil rights restored; 3. Fugitive from justice; 4. Unlawful user of, or addicted to, any controlled substance; 5. Adjudicated as mentally ill; 6. Illegally in the U.S. Misdemeanor. 202.265
NEW HAMPSHIRE 159:1, et seq. Teflon coated or armor piercing bullet None 1. Career criminals; 2. Convicted felons; 3. Minors 193-D:1

Table 10: Gun Control—Continued

State Code Section Illegal Arms Waiting Period Who May Not Own Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds
NEW JERSEY 2C:39-1, et seq.; 2C:58-1, et seq. Sawed-off shotgun, silencer; imitation firearm (intended for unlawful use); defaced firearms; armor penetrating bullets; stun guns; machine guns or assault firearms if unlicensed 30 days resident; 45 days nonresident (handguns) 1. Convicted of aggravated assault, arson, burglary, escape, extortion, homicide, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, or sexual assault or any order prohibiting possession of firearms; 2. Committed for mental disorder unless satisfactory proof he no longer suffers from a disorder which interferes or handicaps him in handling a firearm; 3. Convicted of unlawful use, possession, or sale of controlled dangerous substance; 4. Minors under 18; 5. Drug dependent; 6. Physical defect which makes it unsafe for him to handle firearms Misdemeanor. 2C:39-5e
NEW MEXICO 30-7-1 et seq.   None Convicted felon Felony. 30-7-2.1
NEW YORK Penal §§265, et seq. Pistol; revolver; shotgun with barrel less than eighteen inches; rifle with barrel less than sixteen inches; disguised gun; machine gun, silencer, stun gun, electronic dart gun, bullet with explosive substance on impact, armor piercing ammunition, 20 or more firearms None 1. Convicted felon; 2. Alien; 3. Minor under 16: possession of air gun, spring gun, weapon where loaded or blank cartridges can be used Misdemeanor. Penal 265.01(3); 265.06
NORTH CAROLINA 14-402, et seq. Machine gun, submachine gun, or other like weapons, unlicensed pistol or crossbow 30 days (for concealed handgun carry permit) 1. Convicted felon cannot own handgun or gun with barrel less than 18 inches or overall length less than 26 inches or any weapon of mass death and destruction within 5 yrs. of conviction or termination of sentence, whichever is later; 2. Fugitive from justice; 3. Unlawful user of drugs; 4. Adjudicated incompetent on grounds of mental illness; 5. Illegal aliens Misdemeanor or Felony. 14-269.2(b)

Table 10: Gun Control—Continued

State Code Section Illegal Arms Waiting Period Who May Not Own Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds
NORTH DAKOTA 62.1-02-01, et seq. Machine gun; fully automatic rifle; silencer; federally licensed firearm or dangerous weapon not in compliance with National Firearms Act; short-barreled rifle or shotgun None 1. Convicted of felony involving violence or intimidation from date of conviction or release from incarceration for 10 yrs. (whichever is later); 2. Convicted of other felonies not mentioned above or Class A misdemeanors for 5 yrs.; 3. Diagnosed and confined/committed to hospital or other institution as mentally ill or mentally deficient person (does not apply if more than 3 yrs. have passed); 4. Under 18 unless supervised and for purposes of safety training, hunting, target shooting Misdemeanor. 62.1-02-05
OHIO 2923.11, et seq. Sawed-off automatic firearm; zip gun; firearm or ammunition manufactured and designed for military purposes; silencer or muffler (unless qualified and licensed) None 1. Fugitive from justice; 2. Under indictment or convicted of felony of violence or adjudged juvenile delinquent for commission of such felony; 3. Under indictment or convicted of illegal possession, use, sale of drugs; 4. Drug dependent or chronic alcoholic; 5. Mentally incompetent; 6. Under 18 except for hunting or marksmanship and under adult supervision Felony. 2923.122
OKLAHOMA Tit. 21 §§1272, et seq. Sawed-off shotgun or rifle; slung shot None 1. Minors (except for hunting, etc. and under adult supervision); 2. Convicted felon, unless pardoned (includes those adjudicated as delinquent child—within 10 yrs.); 3. Mentally incompetent or insane Misdemeanor. Tit. 21, 1277; Felony. 1280.1

Table 10: Gun Control—Continued

State Code Section Illegal Arms Waiting Period Who May Not Own Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds
OREGON 166.250, et seq. Machine gun; short-barreled rifle/shotgun; silencer; armor piercing ammunition 15 days 1. Under 18 yrs., except for hunting or with parent's consent; 2. Convicted felon or juvenile felony offender (within 4 yrs.); 3. Committed to Mental Health and Developmental Disability Services Division or mentally ill; 4. Subj. to order prohibiting purchase or possession of firearms; 5. Inmates of institutions Felony. 166.370
PENNSYLVANIA Tit. 18 §§908, 6105, 6110, 6111 Machine gun; sawedoff shotgun; firearm specially made or adopted for concealment or silent discharge; altered manufacturer's number 48 hrs. 1. Convicted of felony, crime of violence; 2. No delivery to persons under 18 yrs.; 3. If you have reason to believe convicted of crime of violence; drug addict; habitual drunkard; unsound mind 4. Fugitive from justice 5. Incompetent 6. Illegal Alien; 7. Convicted of DUI on 3 separate occasions within a 5-year period; 8. Subject of an active protection from abuse order. Misdemeanor. 912
RHODE ISLAND 11-47-2, et seq. Sawed-off shotgun or rifle; machine gun; silencer; armor piercing bullets; defaced firearm 7 days 1. Illegal aliens; 2. Mentally incompetent under treatment/confinement; 3. Drug addict adjudicated or in treatment; 4. Habitual drunkard adjudicated or in treatment; 5. Convicted of crime of violence; 6. Fugitive from justice 7. Minors (under 18) (unless holds a permit or under adult supervision) Felony. 11-47-60; 11.-47-60.2
SOUTH CAROLINA 16-23-30, 230, 520 Machine gun; sawedoff shotgun/rifle, military firearm; teflon-coated ammunition, defaced firearm; tear-gas gun None Pistol: 1. Convicted of crime of violence; 2. Member of subversive organization; 3. Under 21 with military exception; 4. Anyone court has adjudged to be unfit to possess pistol; 5. Fugitive from justice; 6. Habitual drunkard or drug addict; 7. Mentally incompetent Misdemeanor or Felony. 16-23-420, 430

Table 10: Gun Control—Continued

State Code Section Illegal Arms Waiting Period Who May Not Own Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds
SOUTH DAKOTA 22-1-2; 22-14-6, 16; 23-7-9, 46 Controlled weapon-silencer; machine gun; short shotgun or rifle; altered manufacturer's serial number 48 hrs. (pistol only) (None if valid permit to carry a concealed pistol) 1. Convicted of felony or crime of violence in last 15 yrs.; 2. Minor (under 18 yrs. old); 3. Convicted of drug possession in last 5 years. Misdemeanor. 13-32-7
TENNESSEE 39-17-1301, et seq. Machine gun; short-barreled rifle or shotgun; silencer; explosive weapon; device designed, made or adapted for delivering or shooting an explosive weapon 15 days 1. Convicted of felony (imprisonment exceeding 1 yr.) unless pardoned or conviction expunged; 2. Fugitives from justice; 3. Unsound mind; 4. Minors; 5. Addicted to alcohol; 6. Drug addict; 7. Convicted of illegal sale of alcoholic beverages Misdemeanor or Felony. 39-17-1309
TEXAS Penal §§46.05, et seq. Machine gun; short-barreled firearm; silencer; armorpiercing ammunition; zip gun; explosive weapon None 1. Convicted felon within 5 yrs. of release or parole; 2. Sale, rental, lease, or gift to minor under 18 without parental consent; 3. Confined in penal institution. Felony. Penal 46.03, 46.11
UTAH 76-10-501, et seq. Defaced pistol or revolver None 1. Convicted of crime of violence or on parole or under indictment; 2. Addicted to use of narcotic drugs; 3. Mentally incompetent or defective; 4. Illegal alien (handguns only); 5. Dishonorably discharged from Armed Forces (handguns only); 6. Minors (some exceptions). Misdemeanor. 76-10-505.5; Felony. 76-3-203
VERMONT Tit. 13 §§4001, et seq. Silencer; "zip" gun; slung shot None Child under 16 without permission of parents Misdemeanor. Tit. 13, 4004
VIRGINIA 18.2-279, et seq. Sawed-off shotgun/rifle; machine gun; silencer State Police have until end of next business day after inquiry for possible criminal record by telephone 1. Convicted felons or those subject to protective order; 2. Minors: handguns; 3. Aliens; 4. Legally incompetent, mentally incapacitated, involuntary committed, insanity-acquitted Felony. 18.2-308.1

Table 10: Gun Control—Continued

State Code Section Illegal Arms Waiting Period Who May Not Own Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds
WASHINGTON 9.41.040, et seq. Machine gun, short-barreled shotgun or rifle; defaced firearm 5 days (up to 60 days for nonresidents) (Pistols only; waived if purchaser produces a valid concealed pistol license) 1. Aliens; 2. Convicted of serious offense or domestic violence/harassment offense or felony in which firearm was used or displayed (unless charge dismissed or received probation); 3. Minors under 18, except as provided (hunter's safety course, hunting, trapping, etc.); 4. Felony conviction for violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act (or equivalent); 5. Convicted 3 times within 5 yrs. of driving under the influence; 6. Committed by court for treatment of mental illness Misdemeanor. 9.41.280
WEST VIRGINIA 61-7-7, 9 Machine gun; submachine gun or other fully automatic weapon None 1. Convicted of felony; 2. Dishonorably discharged from armed forces; 3. Mentally incompetent; 4. Illegal alien; 5. Addicted to drugs/alcohol or unlawful user; 6. Minors (under 18) without parental permission; 7. Convicted of domestic violence Felony. 61-7-11a
WISCONSIN 175.35; 941.26, et seq. Machine gun or other fully-automatic weapon; short-barreled rifle/shotgun; silencer 48 hrs. 1. Convicted of felony in this state or what would have been a felony if committed in this state or adjudicated delinquent for act considered felony for adult; 2. Mental disease or defect reason for not guilty or insanity Misdemeanor. 948.605
WYOMING 6-8-102, et seq. Not listed None Convicted of violent felony or attempt to commit violent felony 6-8-104
Heroin laws - Information on the law about Heroin [next] [back] Grounds for Divorce laws - Information on the law about Grounds for Divorce

User Comments

Your email address will be altered so spam harvesting bots can't read it easily.
Hide my email completely instead?

Cancel or

Vote down Vote up

over 5 years ago

Can a convicted felon live in the same house as a gun if its not theirs and is locked up and secured away in the state of nc?

Vote down Vote up

almost 6 years ago

I have 2 misdermeanors of posesion of Marijuana, first a fine, second 1 year prob., 2nd 2 years prob. Can I purchase a firearm in Pa. I was granted and Act 235.

Vote down Vote up

over 6 years ago

Clearwater Florida Police Dept. did not have the knowledge or training when convicted felon Daniel Puscar was arrested for pointing a gun at a roommate. They missed an opportunity on much more. He has made a living selling drugs since the 60's. He has never had a job, but is very financially set. He is considered street smart. He has and always will have a gun, and not much of a chance getting caught. His mental disability is an asset and prescription drugs is money in the (bank) pocket. Hide and denied.

Vote down Vote up

over 5 years ago

would like to know why someone who has stayed well behaved for 20 years and is an adult with homeownner standards can not protect his home and family just because he was felon over 22 or more years ago. please assist me in this matter as we have a neighborhood of hi crime ....thank you\\ alabama

Vote down Vote up

about 6 years ago

My Ex; Dan Puscar who is a habitual convicted felon with a mental illness that makes him very violent should not be compared to other felons with a different personality that have only made 1 mistake. Not all felons are the same. Dan knows the system very well is the reason he can beat the charges against him most of the time & before he is charged.

Vote down Vote up

almost 6 years ago

Who ever Truth is makes no sense in what he/she is talking about. Is this person GAY!
Who is Dan Puscar, Inky and Vicki?
Are they living in a mental hospital?
What caliber is the remote control? (lol)
If you had names and records you would have listed them,sounds like a lot of young crack heads.
Who is Truth, a transsexual? Is this a no-name couple (GAY)?
Just curious!

Vote down Vote up

almost 6 years ago

@inky @Vicki

First off, both of you are habitual liars and one a drug addict. Mr Puscar has been a changed man and has not had a drink in many MANY years and that was his ONLY problem with anger issues was way over a decade ago when he did drink. He is a loving boyfriend, father and grandfather. Inky, this "roomate" you speak of is someone he felt bad for, gave a place to stay because they had nowhere else to go and had to evict from his home for being a drug addict, stealing his medications and being an all around whore with different men trying to come around his house daily, if someone came banging on my door in the middle of the night like said roomate, which is probably you, I would have cracked the door with my TV remote in my hand possibly giving the effect of a weapon and scare them off too. For you to come on the internet and talk trash about him just shows you have no lives and your obviously jealous that he has a good and happy life now with his family. Oh and as far as a job, if you had your facts straight you would know that Dan served our country as a Marine and was disabled due to a work injury. IF he never had a job then he would not have any means of being on disability for his severe injury that prevents him from working. Two of the best things he ever could have done was get rid of this drunk vicki and removing "inky" (nice try with the name) from his house and life! If you would like I could post BOTH of your names and criminal records, and believe me public records is a click away, and maybe we could see who has what to trash talk about you all? oh wait, thats right I have a life and better things to do :)

Vote down Vote up

about 6 years ago

North Carolina prohibits any felon from possessing any firearm. There is no time period to wait. Once convicted a felon may never own a firearm in North Carolina, not even an antique or black powder gun.

Vote down Vote up

over 6 years ago

My cousin is going through a rough patch with her boyfriend. He left for a few weeks, leaving his possessions at home with her. After just having a child, and not having any income, she sold a rifle he had stashed under the mattress to make rent and pay the bills. He is threatening to file charges for a stolen gun and threatened to have kids taken away. What charges, if there are any, will she possibly face? And is it possible to even have the children taken away for this situation? Any information if anybody knows anything would help out a lot. Thank you.

Vote down Vote up

over 5 years ago

My Wife's son in Montana wants to give her one of the guns he has (He has three small kids). Is there a way to do this without allot of FFl $'s.
I found a form for doing his online I'm just not sure of the legality? A gun shop in Montana said it could not be done?

Vote down Vote up

over 6 years ago

The people of Texas have some of the most fair (while effective) weapon laws in the union.
The system promotes the old right. Nevertheless Texans are as protective over the community as for their rights.
I might think that there are less destructive ways to protect one's people from harm by killing first. Yet good people in Texas like their guns.
The State's laws against violence reflects that spirit of protecting family and neighbors. Despite Hollywood's portrayal of Texas as the shoot first and ask questions later cowboys in real life Texas don't put up with nonsense excuses why a person needs sawed off shot guns or armor piercing rounds.

I reviewed the Texas weapon law this evening and felt I had to give the Lone Star State an affectionate nod.

Vote down Vote up

about 7 years ago

I was convicted of possesion of a crossbow (misconduct with weapons-ARS 13-3101)even though I filed a 13-905 Application for Restoration of Civil Rights, years before, because I had a 13-604 gun violation, which was only 9 years completed. The State of Arizona maintains that no deadly weapons of any kind can be possesed until the 10 year prohibition is fulfilled. Upon reading ARS 13-912b2 one is misled into believing that all weapons rights can be restored under ARS 13-905 except your right to a firearm if waiting on the the 10 year prohibition. This is a sorry feature of Arizona Criminal Law when they need to convict people so badly as to con them into innocent violation. Love it or leave it?

Vote down Vote up

over 7 years ago

I'm British, born and raised and recently moved here with my wife. I wanted my parents to mail me my Air rifle across from England. I've been researching air rifle laws, here in Indiana. Heres the problem, I've read lots of storys of people being sent to jail for 20 years for having a silencer! My air rifle has one, and I was wondering would I go to jail for having one here? It's only a .177 thing.

Vote down Vote up

over 8 years ago

I live in Maryland and all the items you listed as illegal are legal. Short barreled shotguns and short barreled rifles are legal if they are properly registered on the federal level.

Vote down Vote up

over 5 years ago

Well I want to join the national guard but I got arrested in high school for having 9mm ammunition but is that a felony in the state of Rhode island

Vote down Vote up

over 5 years ago

Can a convicted felon in Kentucky carry a stun gun?

Vote down Vote up

about 6 years ago

Your gun rights are wrong about south dakota. 22-14-15 Possession of firearm by one with prior violent crime conviction or certain drug-related conviction--Felony--Fifteen-year period.
22-14-15.1 Possession of firearm by one with prior drug conviction--Felony--Exception.
22-14-15.2 Possession of firearm by one convicted of misdemeanor crime involving domestic violence--Misdemeanor--Civil rights restored--Repeal of section--Order restoring rights.
22-14-16 Providing firearm to person with known prior violent crime conviction--Felony. You can own a gun with a felony as long as your not on probation or parole and its not a violent or drug crime otherwise your gun rights are not taken away from you. Here is sd gun laws for proof. http://legis.state.sd.us/statutes/DisplayStatute.aspx?Statute=22-14&Type=Statute

Vote down Vote up

over 7 years ago

Some of the info here is wrong.



WA allows MG, SBS, and SBR as long as they are registered in the state prior to the 1994 ban.



WI allows silencers as long as they are NFA registered.



It would be much better that people get their info from the state government homepages.

Vote down Vote up

over 7 years ago

The Wisconsin cite for silencers/suppressors refers only to 'gun-free school zones' and has no bearing on the topic: additionally, the listing of silencers as illegal is in error.

Vote down Vote up

over 9 years ago

I live in Alaska and it is legal to own and transfer all the items stated in your "illegal" section here in Alaska... transfers require having a Class 3 weapons dealer(to perform as middle man and help with paperwork), alot of paperwork filed to both the local police department and the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) a transfer fee paid to the BATFE, fingerprints and passport photos supplied with paperwork... there are other steps but to break it down for you, thats about it... PS. automatic weapons may only be transfered if manufactured prior to 1986, no post 1986 automatic weapons are legal for civilian ownership period

Vote down Vote up

over 2 years ago

I live in Nevada both my roommates cannot own or operate a gun but i am legally able to do so can living with them prevent me from owning a gun while living with them even if i have a permit and it is locked in a gun safe and they have no access too it.

Vote down Vote up

over 3 years ago

I made my own pipe gun what size should be on new Mexico to be legal

Vote down Vote up

about 4 years ago

You can own any fire arm with the right paper work.

Vote down Vote up

over 5 years ago

can i get a permit to carry my 1845 black powder pistol it is a 44 magnum it says on the side 55 gal,but if i can get a permit to carry my gun send me a form to fill out at my post office box 1887 west monroe Louisiana 71294 (thank you very much)

Vote down Vote up

over 5 years ago

I HAVE A 1845 BLACK POWDER PISTOL AND I WANT TO KNOW IF I CAN GET A PERMIT TO CARRY FOR IT IF I CAN SEND ME A FORM TO FEEL OUT AT POST OFFICE BOX 1887 WEST MONROE LOUSIANA 71294 THANK YOU