Restoration of Firearm Rights

Both federal and state laws impose firearm bans following felony convictions.  Our state law, NCGS 14-415.1, bans any person convicted of a felony from purchasing, owning, or possessing any firearm.  However, a convicted felon may petition for restoration of firearm rights in North Carolina if that person meets the following statutory requirements:

  • No other felony convictions;
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving crimes of violence;
  • Resident of North Carolina for at least one year immediately preceding the filing of the petition;
  • Restoration of citizenship rights for at least 20 years prior to the filing of the petition;

In addition to meeting the above criteria, the applicant must not be disqualified under any of the provisions listed in NCGS 14-415.4(c).

Examples of these disqualifying provisions include:

  • Drug/alcohol addiction
  • Dishonorable discharge from the military
  • Being subject to a 50B or 50C restraining order

Keep in mind that the restoration of firearm rights is not an expungement, so the felony conviction will still remain on your record.  For more information on expungements and the restoration of firearm rights following a felony conviction, call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC today at (919) 585-1486.  


Wiley Nickel

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.