Gun Ownership Restrictions – Do they Apply to You?

When you hear the way some people talk about gun ownership in the United States, you’d think it was possible to simply walk into a gun store and walk out with a firearm of your choice like you were buying groceries. Gun ownership isn’t a right; it’s a privilege that some people may not be able to have. You may be skilled in firing a gun, you may accompany your friends when they go shooting, and you could own the safest gun safe for your future firearm, but that doesn’t mean that you can own a gun.

Before you set your heart on getting a firearm, Sportsman Steel Safes advises you to make sure that you can legally own one. There can be exceptions, but if you fit any of the following categories that we’ve outlined here, you may not be able to purchase a gun.

Mental instability

As we learn more about mental illness, this factor seems to be constantly changing in law. In almost every state, there are laws that declare that a person cannot own a gun if they are found to be mentally disturbed or incompetent; however, the definition of “disturbed” or “incompetent” can change from state to state, and even country to country. A person with major depression and no history of violence could get a firearm in one state, and be completely barred from gun ownership in another.

Felony record


This is another factor that can vary from state to state. It’s almost universally agreed upon that felons that were convicted of a violent crime are barred from gun ownership. If you have been convicted of a non-violent crime, there may be a chance that you could be legally allowed to own a firearm. That chance, however, is small – if you have any criminal record or conviction, getting a firearm may be very difficult or impossible.                                                          

Juvenile Records

Most people don’t think about juvenile records, since many of these crimes do not legally follow people into adulthood. It’s also possible to request that certain records be expunged or sealed. But it’s possible that some serious crimes might remain on a person’s record, which can prevent them from owning a gun.

Non U.S. citizens (usually)

Not being a citizen of the United States usually automatically bars you from gun ownership, but (surprisingly) there are some exceptions. If you are permanently immigrating to the country, you may be able to own a gun. If you’ve managed to obtain a hunting license that was issued in the U.S., you should also be able to own a firearm.

If none of the above apply to you, the chances of being able to purchase a firearm are much greater. Call us at Sportsman Steel Safes today with any gun safety questions or for information about one of our state-of-the-art safes: 800-266-7150.

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