By Alan Korwin
PHOENIX, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- Felons aren’t federally banned from owning guns.
They can’t carry them in any way of course, or ship, transport, possess or receive them, but nothing in law appears to ban felons from actually owning firearms.
If a person was convicted of a felony and owned an entire collection in a home in another state, for example, that doesn’t violate anything.
You (a felon) couldn’t go into (or maybe even near, depending on the judge) that home while the guns were in there, that would be “constructive possession,” the same legal theory that makes everyone in a drug-lord’s house guilty of possession if anything is found.
But charging you with possession if you’re in another neighborhood, or state? I don’t think so.
Show me where I missed something. Even in the same home, a spouse can keep guns — even your guns after a conviction — as long as you cannot exercise control over them. If your spouse sold any, I suppose that’s your money.
What in federal statute prevents a felon from simple ownership? Not a thing.
Could a person use such a collection as collateral, or will it, even sell it? It’s just private property. The controlling statute is 18 USC §922(d) and (g), and its requirements seem pretty clear.
Talk about strange twists in complicated laws.
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