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Is it unlawful for a felon to have a firearm in Oregon?

There are variety of consequences for being found guilty of a felony in Oregon. Some of these consequences can lead to additional criminal charges if individuals are not careful. Recently, this blog highlighted the story of a couple of men who were arrested by police for possessing firearms. In that case, the individuals were convicted felons and were subsequently not allowed to have weapons.

In fact, in Oregon this situation is not unusual. In section 166.270 of the Oregon criminal code, people who have been convicted of felonies under any law in the state, any law in another state or under federal law, may not possess a firearm. If a person is found with a firearm, that person can be charged with the crime of felon in possession of a weapon.

This rule only applies to people who have previously been convicted of a felony. A conviction will not be deemed a felony if it was declared a misdemeanor at the time of sentencing.

A person who has been charged with felon in possession of a firearm, faces a class C felony. A felony in Oregon can come with a variety of punishments. Penalties for felonies can include large fines, jail or prison time and the loss of other rights.

It is important for individuals to understand when they are allowed to possess a firearm or other weapon. Laws may preclude this ownership if they have been convicted of a felony before. Avoiding felony convictions is therefore important to protect a person's rights to own firearms. An attorney can help to explain these rules further and give specific legal advice to those facing criminal charges.

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