Be careful about any info published by any anti-2nd Amendment rag.
If you're charged with any "State" crime, then you must follow that set of laws. Some have ways for felons to expunge their records, some don't. Some even have ways to "reduce" the charge to something lesser.
People v. Gilbreth (2007)156 Cal.App.4th 53 , -- Cal.Rptr.3d --
"Defendant argues the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, because the prior felony conviction that qualified defendant for that charge was reduced to a misdemeanor upon his successful completion of probation. We agree that reduction of this earlier offense to a misdemeanor precluded using it as the predicate offense to the charge that defendant was a felon in possession of a firearm."
Gebremicael v. California Com. on Teacher Credentialing (2004) [156 Cal.App.4th 58] 118 Cal.App.4th 1477, 1483 (Gebremicael).)
"This unambiguous language means what it says, and unless the Legislature states otherwise, a person such as [defendant] stands convicted of a misdemeanor, not a felony, for all purposes upon the court so declaring."