In November of 2004, John went deer hunting with his friends in the Maine woods.

After they had been out several hours, a Game Warden stopped them during a routine check for permits.

Because John was under a protection from abuse order, it was a federal crime for him to possess a gun.

As a result, John was arrested on federal gun charges.

He is now serving time in a federal prison in South Dakota.

When he gets out, John can never hunt with a gun again.

Get the facts on illegal gun possession.

If you are convicted of domestic violence, it’s illegal to possess a gun.

If you are under a protection of abuse order, it’s illegal to possess a gun.

If you are an illegal drug user or a convicted felon, it’s illegal to possess a gun.

If you commit a violent crime with a gun, you will go to federal prison.

That means prison outside of Maine.

No friends.

No family.

No chance of parole.

That’s hard time.

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