Consequences of a criminal case for firearms owners.
If you own a firearm a criminal conviction and, even a criminal charge can potentially result in the loss of your right to possess or carry firearms.
If you are convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you will have lost your firearms rights. In addition, should you ever be found in possession of a firearm or even ammunition, you could potentially go to prison.
Alabama law prohibits individuals convicted of a "violent" felony from possessing firearms and federal law also forbids convicted felons from possessing firearms. The federal laws are far more restrictive than those under Alabama and those laws are considered supreme to Alabama laws-this means that even if Alabama law does not forbid possession of a firearm under certain circumstances, it is most likely that a person convicted of a felony in the state of Alabama is still prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms, or even ammunition.
If you'd like to learn more about the law concerning felons possession of firearms, click this link.
Even without a conviction, a criminal charge can lead to the loss of one's rights to possess a firearm. This is because under Alabama law, section 13 A-11-75. The sheriff of Madison County may refuse to issue a pistol license if they have "reasonable suspicion that the person may use the weapon unlawfully or in such other manner that would endanger the person's self or others. Additionally, an individual was found not guilty by reason of insanity or mental defect or who was declared incompetent to stand trial in a criminal case also can legally be prohibited from obtaining a license to carry a pistol.
If you'd like to see the actual statute,Click here.
Seizure of pistols and firearms.
Many cases result in the seizure of a firearm. If the weapon was used in a crime or is otherwise evidence of a crime. It will be seized by the police and held as evidence.
The law also allows for the seizure and forfeiture of a pistol where somebody has been convicted of
1. Committing a crime of violence with on the pistol; Alabama Code Section 13 A-1-71
2. Convicted as a person who is forbidden from possessing a firearm, Alabama Code Section 13 A-1-72
3.. Is convicted of being in violation of the pistol permit laws, Alabama Code Section 13 A-1-73