I was reading an article in The Tennessean and came across a few things that hit me in a wrong way... photos at gun shops naming customers and basic descriptions of what they were buying...but the photo I will post here struck me as odd and I don’t fully understand what the legal yardstick will say. Under federal and state laws, a person cannot possess a firearm once they have been convicted of a felony. This ban is permanent and is applicable for the remainder of the convicted felons life. The article mentions expungement of the record, but simply expunging the record does not seem to alter the legal status of firearm possession. I do know that there are ways to seek reinstatement if certain rights, but I was not aware that firearm rights were eligible to be reinstated once they were revoked for conviction. Am I wrong in my understanding that the letter of the law is pretty clear in that once the line is crossed to being a convicted felon then your days of legal firearms ownership are done? What legally would allow a felon to regain firearms rights? Pardon for the crime? Expungement? Either way you look at it there is only 1 answer on the 4473 and that is a disqualifying answer... have you ever been convicted and the answer is truthfully yes for felons, no matter if the matter was handled in some other way after the fact, it is still a disqualifier per my understanding.