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Old April 6, 2011, 11:38 PM   #5
Al Norris
Join Date: June 29, 2000
Location: Rupert, Idaho
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The relevant portion of federal law is:

18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(33)(B)(ii) A person shall not be considered to have been convicted of such an offense for purposes of this chapter [18 USCS §§ 921 et seq.] if the conviction has been expunged or set aside, or is an offense for which the person has been pardoned or has had civil rights restored (if the law of the applicable jurisdiction provides for the loss of civil rights under such an offense) unless the pardon, expungement, or restoration of civil rights expressly provides that the person may not ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms.
Under CA law, you can go to a court or wait for 10 years, and your rights are restored by operation of law. The feds are not honoring this portion of the Lauternberg amendment.

CA law is specific. It specifies exactly what an MCDV is and the punishments (such as loss of firearms) and the length of time to have your rights restored.

I don't know that WA law is the same.
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