A common pleas court can restore the right to possess firearms to a person who is convicted of a crime and subsequently prohibited by federal law from gun ownership by granting an unqualified exemption pursuant to state law, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

The Federal Gun Control Act prohibits any person found guilty of a crime punishable by a prison term of more than one year from possessing a firearm. However, it allows restoration of gun ownership rights if a state conviction is expunged, set aside, or if the person convicted is pardoned or has his or her civil rights restored.

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