Is there a way for a prohibited person to restore his or her right to receive or possess firearms and ammunition?

Although Federal law provides a means for the relief of firearms disabilities, since October 1992, ATF’s annual appropriation has prohibited the expending of any funds to investigate or act upon applications for relief from Federal firearms disabilities submitted by individuals. As long as this provision is included in current ATF appropriations, the Bureau cannot act upon applications for relief from Federal firearms disabilities submitted by individuals.

[18 U.S.C. 925(c); 27 CFR 478.144]

Last Reviewed September 23, 2016