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Legal Information: U.S. Virgin Islands

State Gun Laws

Updated: 
December 7, 2020

What is the definition of a felony?

Throughout these gun law pages, we will refer to laws that make it illegal for someone convicted of a felony to have a gun. A felony is a more serious crime than a misdemeanor. In the VI, a felony is defined as a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year. In St. Croix, the definition includes a crime punishable by death.1 However, you cannot always tell if someone was convicted of a felony only by looking at the amount of time s/he actually served in prison since sentences are often reduced or pled down. If you are unsure if the abuser was convicted of a felony, you might want to talk to the prosecutor who handled the criminal case against the abuser to find out or go to the courthouse where s/he was convicted and search the conviction records.

1 5 V.I.C. § 4008