There are any number of other provisions an order may contain, so it’s important you understand those as well.  Importantly, regardless of what provisions it contains, it is a federal crime to possess a firearm when there is an order of protection against you.

It does not matter whether:

  • the order is temporary or final;
  • what provisions it includes;
  • it is a criminal or family order of protection;
  • the firearm is not owned by you;
  • the firearm is subject to licensing requirements;
  • the order is from a local or state court.

If you own any firearm at the time an order of protection is placed against you, you must immediately transfer them out of your possession, usually within 24 hours.  As long as the order is in place, do not go target shooting or hunting.