To regain firearms privileges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a convicted felon must apply to the circuit court of his or her jurisdiction of residence for a permit to possess or carry a firearm. Circuit courts may consider the restoration of firearms privileges only after civil rights are restored. (Va. Code §18.2-308.2). For other states please refer to http://ccresourcecenter.org/state-restoration-profiles/chart-1-loss-and-restoration-of-civil-rights-and-firearms-privileges
To regain state firearms privileges, a convicted felon must apply to the circuit court of his or her jurisdiction of residence for a permit to possess or carry a firearm. Circuit courts may consider the restoration of firearms privileges only after civil rights are restored. (Va. Code §18.2-308.2)
There is no template or form which you can use to apply to the circuit court, you must submit a petition.Attached is a copy of Lisa’s own petition. Feel free to use it as a guide for your own petition when you are ready to apply. In the petition, according to the State of Virginia Code cited above, these are the requirements that must be met, answered and/or included:
1. Copy of the order of conviction
2. Copy of order of clemency/restoration of rights
3. No charges since clemency was granted
4. Residence, employment, civic and community activities as evidenced by affidavits or letters.
(A sample of this is attached as well as the template letter for those individuals who gave Lisa their support.)
5. Explanation of your reason for wanting to carry or own a firearm.
6. Your birthdate and social security number.
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An order to be submitted with your petition (for use of the Circuit Court, permitting a convicted felon to carry a firearm)
A letter to the appropriate court to obtain a copy of your order of conviction
A chronological affidavit of your accomplishments and community standing (optional)
A letter for those individuals from whom you will ask for written support