Firearms Rights Restoration

This video from the Masters of the Law series on ReelLawyers.com

If an old criminal conviction is affecting your firearms rights, you need the assistance and guidance of an experienced firearms attorney.  Attorney Guida knows all of the avenues of relief available to firearms owners and he can work to quickly restore your rights.  Contact Attorney Guida for assistance with:

Firearms Licensing Review Board Petitions – You only get one chance to ask the Board to restore your right to possess a firearm.   Don’t go it alone! Attorney Guida served as Counsel to the Board for over 4 years. His clients rely on his experience to guide and support them through every step of the review process.

Criminal Record Corrections – If an old criminal record is keeping you from getting your license, you need a firearms attorney with experience in the criminal court system. Attorney Guida is that attorney. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Guida knows the rules and procedures that are used to correct errors, overturn old convictions and update criminal records.

Sealing Drug Convictions – A special provision of the law allows certain drug offenders to seal their convictions in a way that restores their firearms rights.  Attorney Guida has extensive experience sealing drug cases and restoring his clients LTCs.

232 thoughts on “Firearms Rights Restoration

  1. Michael

    My name is Michael j rabb I am an convicted felon. Was released April 19 2004 haven’t been any any trouble since. Would like to buy a hand gun for protection.

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    1. jaguida

      A felony conviction results in the loss of firearms rights in the United States. There are very few options for restoration in Massachusetts. You may wish to discuss a case review with our office – (617) 383-4652.

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  2. Raymond Harris

    I have a old non violent felony that’s hendering me from getting my gun license also my passion to be a gun smith I live in California

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    1. jaguida

      Good afternoon – felonies can be difficult, there are a many factors that need to be reviewed to see if you have an avenue of relief to restore your firearms rights. Please contact our office to discuss a case review service at (617) 383-4652.

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  3. JACK TIGHE

    1998 had a felony in which I was given a first offender pardon for in Louisiana. Served in the Army from 06-2010 was just denied ltc and purchased rifle in in texas 2022 stating my felony prohibited me. Very confused

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    1. jaguida

      Hi Jack – it sounds lie either the pardon did not restore your firearms rights or the record was not properly updated. We would need to look into the issue further. Please contact our office to discuss a case review service at (617) 383-4652.

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  4. Matt

    Hello, I have an OUI 2nd in MA from about 7 years ago with a guilty ruling (First OUI was CWOF) . Given the potential of 18 months this falls in the misda-felony category, is there anything that can be done?

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    1. jaguida

      Hi Matt – you may be a good candidate for a restoration of rights through the Firearms Licensing Review Board. There is more information about the FLRB on my website. Please contact my office to discuss at (617) 383-4652.

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  5. Johnny Rodriguez

    Mr. Guida,
    I was charged with a misdemeanor assault charge in 1994 when I was 19. I am currently 47, and a retired Special Forces Green Beret with over 21 years of military service. Can I get my gun rights reinstated in Massachusetts. I currently live in NC.

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    1. jaguida

      Hi Johnny – you may have an avenue of relief but we would need to look into it further. Please contact our office to discuss a case review service at (617) 383-4652.

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    1. jaguida

      Good afternoon – a felony conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm results in a lifetime loss of firearms rights in the United States. There are very few options in Massachusetts to restore rights for this type of charge. If you would like our office to look into this further, please contact our office to discuss a case review service at (617) 383-4652.

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  6. Sean Harte

    I recently received a denial due to a section 35 that occurred in 2000, which I told them about. I now have the denial letter & want to appeal to a judge, letters in hand from addiction professionals stating I’m in long term recovery. Do I need to have a letter from a doctor or it’s up to the judge? Do I follow the normal appeal process in this case?

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    1. jaguida

      You cannot appeal to the denial to District Court. You must first restore your firearms rights which were lost as a result of the S35. I helped draft the restoration of rights statute and have handled these in courts throughout MA. Please call our office before you make a mistake and try to fix it on your own – (617) 383-4652.

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  7. Brian Campbell

    Hi I was convicted in 2013 for assault and battery with a deadly weapon a (firearm) no firearm was found I plead guilty due to it being in my best interest to due so according to my attorney at the time I served 18 months in Billerica got out no probation or anything haven’t gotten into any trouble since it’s been 8 years I have statements from the alleged witness stating he wasn’t there when the crime allegedly took place but the police report says otherwise I was wondering if there is anything I can do I’m interested in sealing and possibly expunging my past record and restoring my rights to at least be able to obtain a fid card

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  8. Brian Campbell

    Hi I was convicted in 2013 I was 21 at the time I’m now 31 for assault and battery with a deadly weapon a (firearm) no firearm was found I cooperated with police allowed them to search my home I collected knifes at the time which is legal told the police that i collect knifes not a problem plead guilty due to it being in my best interest to due so according to my attorney at the time I served 18 months in Billerica got out no probation or anything haven’t gotten into any trouble since it’s been 9 years I have statements from the alleged witness stating he wasn’t there when the crime allegedly took place but the police report says otherwise I was wondering if there is anything I can do I’m interested in sealing and possibly expunging my past record and restoring my rights to at least be able to obtain a fid card

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    1. jaguida

      Good afternoon – I believe you may have commented here before. Your situation sounds very complicated. Sealing your record will not restore your firearms rights and the Massachusetts expungement statute is very limited and does not cover dangerous weapons. Our office can offer a case review to look further into the issue – but, truthfully, there is often nothing that can be done for this type of situation.

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  9. Brian Joyce

    Can you help me. I have two duis. Found guilty both times. Once in 07 other in 12. I don’t live in Mass anymore. I haven’t for almost 9 years. I live in Florida and want to purchase a gun. But I can’t because the 2.5 year sentence structure in mass. How do I go about this?

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    1. jaguida

      Good afternoon – OUI in Massachusetts carries a maximum penalty of 2 1/2 years and results in the permanent loss of 2A rights in the U.S. Often, with one OUI conviction, clients can seek a partial restoration of rights through the Firearms Licensing Review Board. This restoration is recognized under MA and NH law but not federal law or in Florida. With 2 OUI’s the process becomes far more difficult. If you would like us to take a closer look into your situation, please contact our office and discuss a case review.

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  10. Sean McDermott

    I have a felony conviction for larceny over , it was CWOF but I VOP ended up doing 9months for the violation. I would like to get my FID. Is there anyway to vacate my guilty plea for the VOP to restore my firearm rights ? Thats the only conviction on my record thats holding me up .

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    1. jaguida

      Hi Sean – a lot depends on the grounds of the VOP and the process that led to the conviction. It is certainly not an easy issue to resolve. Please contact our office to discuss a case review so we can look into it further.

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      1. Sean McDermott

        Isn’t there leniency for restoration of firearms rights for a convicted felon for a FID only after 5 years ? How does that work ?

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