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If I am Convicted of a Drug Crime, Can I Own a Gun?

The short answer is NO! That's right, you can never own a firearm if you have been on community supervision (i.e. probation) for a felony drug offense. Texas has deferred adjudication, but the Federal Government does not recognize the distinction between deferred and a conviction. Thus, if an individual were to be placed on deferred adjudication for a felony offense, it would be legal under Texas law to possess a gun, however, it would be illegal under Federal law for that same individual to possess a gun. This also applies if in individual wants to apply for a permit to carry a concealed handgun. Is all this confusing? Yes, but it's the law. It is always a good idea to consult with a competent attorney before deciding to enter a plea of no contest or guilty to a drug charge.