The Michigan State Police in 2013 recorded over 93,000 incidents of domestic violence.  Nearly half of those incidents involved the use of a weapon. According to both federal and Michigan law, there are restrictions of provisions gun rights for domestic violence perpetrators. Some of these limitations of your Second Amendment rights may apply even if you haven’t been convicted of a crime. So to answer the question of will I lose my gun rights for domestic violence? The answer is in some cases yes.

You can lose your right to own firearms if you get convicted of domestic violence, or if a domestic violence protective order has been issued against you. A judge who issues a protective order against you may order you to refrain from purchasing a gun or command you to not have a firearm in your possession.  These restrictions can only apply if it is ordered after a hearing. It can also only be ordered if you were given notice of the hearing. You must also be given notice of the hearing.  The judge may also order you to surrender your firearms and ammo to the local police department.

If you have a conviction for domestic or aggravated assault, Michigan law says you can’t have a concealed pistol license for eight years after your conviction. If you just have a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, you are still free to purchase a gun under Michigan law.


If you are convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence crime, federal law prohibits you from transporting, possessing or purchasing firearms. possessing, purchasing, or transporting firearms.

Will I lose my gun rights for domestic violence? As you have seen, it depends on the facts of your case. Call Shawn today at 616-438-6719 if you want him to aggressively defend your rights.

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