29 May Will A DUI Restrict My Ability To Own A Gun?
If you take the second amendment seriously and live in Nevada, then gun ownership is probably something that you are very concerned about. Nevada is one of the states that naturally attracts those who have a passion for firearms, and advocate for their unrestricted ownership. You may believe that your right to own a weapon to protect yourself and your home should not be infringed simply because it is in the constitution, or you may be a hunter who simply enjoys guns for sport. The motivations behind your desire to possess a firearm are not relevant to the specifics that actually regulate the ownership of guns. Why you own it is not going to over-ride the legality of owning it, and if you do something that restricts your right to own a gun then there is no excuse as to why you have it that is going to reduce the trouble you will find yourself in. The best thing to do if you are concerned about the lawful ownership of guns is to not be convicted of any crime that would restrict that right.
In Nevada NRS 202.360 (Nevada “Ex-Felon in Possession of a Firearm” Laws) regulate the ability of certain people to own firearms. Anyone convicted of a felony in any state is not allowed to own or possess a firearm under any circumstances. Other people who are not allowed to own firearms are fugitives, illegal aliens and drug addicts, as well as the mentally unstable. This means that if you have a passion for guns you have to make sure that you are never convicted of a felony, or you are going to lose those rights. This is one of the reasons that it is so important to treat any arrest as a serious one, even if the charges are not felonies at that moment. A DUI First is not a felony and as a result a person convicted of DUI within seven years of another DUI conviction can own a firearm legally. You can also be convicted of a DUI Second, which is a more serious charge but will not restrict your ability to own a gun unless you are found to be mentally unstable or addicted to drugs or alcohol. If you are convicted a third time within seven years, it is a felony charge that will result in you not being able to own or possess a firearm again. There are no exceptions to this rule unless you are pardoned of your crime.
This is why you should always enlist the services of a DUI attorney if you have been accused of DUI in Las Vegas. Pleading a DUI down to reckless driving or getting the charges dismissed completely will avoid that first strike that can ultimately lead to your not being able to own a gun in the future. Seven years is a long time to stay out of trouble, and just a few mistakes over that time period can lead to you not being able to legally protect yourself in the future. Take it seriously and call us.