New Legislation Regarding the Restoration of Felons’ Gun Rights

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I’ve blogged previously about the Britt and Whitaker cases. Britt held that a particular convicted felon retained his right to bear arms under the state constitution, and that G.S. 14-415.1 — which purports to prohibit all felons from possessing firearms — was unconstitutional as applied to him. Whitaker rejected a similar claim made by another convicted felon and made clear that Britt was an exceptional result, driven by the fact thatย  the plaintiff in Britt had committed a single, non-violent felony many years earlier, and had since remained completely out of trouble.

Rather than wait for the courts to accumulate case law about which felons are entitled to possess guns and which are not, the General Assembly jumped into the issue during the just-concluded session. It enacted S.L. 2010-108, which attempts to clarify and limit the circumstances under which felons may retain or regain their gun rights. The statute appears to be consistent with the thrust of Britt and Whitaker, although I am sure that it will be challenged by someone who falls outside its scope.

My colleague John Rubin has drafted the following excellent summary of the legislation, for those interested in a bit more detail. I grateful for his willingness to share it:

[The law] [a]mends various statutes, described below, to allow people convicted of certain felonies to apply for restoration of the right to possess firearms and to create an exception from the firearm restrictions for certain white collar criminal convictions. Provides that changes become effective February 1, 2011, and apply to offenses committed on or after that date. Also directs North Carolina Attorney General, effective July 20, 2010, to request the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies to review these changes and determine whether a person who qualifies under them may purchase and possess a firearm under federal firearms restrictions.

New G.S. 14-415.4 contains the new restoration procedures. The new statute gives the responsibility for hearing restoration petitions to the district court in the district where the person resides. New G.S. 14-415.4(i) states that restoration does not constitute an expunction or pardon, and G.S. 14-415.4(l) states that the knowing and willful submission of false information is a Class 1 misdemeanor and permanently bars restoration of firearm rights.

The initial prerequisite for restoration is that the person must have no more than one conviction for a โ€œnonviolent felony,โ€ which does not include any Class A, B1, or B2 felony or any Class C through I felony that involves an assault as an essential element, possession or use of a firearm or deadly weapon as an essential or nonessential element, or other specified circumstances. Multiple nonviolent felony convictions arising out of the same event and consolidated for sentencing count as one felony. A person is ineligible for restoration for various reasons listed in the statute, including having been adjudicated guilty of or having received a prayer for judgment continued or a suspended sentence for one or more misdemeanor crimes of violence or other listed misdemeanors. To obtain restoration, the person must have had their civil rights restored for at least 20 years, which typically occurs automatically under G.S. 13-1 following a personโ€™s completion of all incidents of his or her sentence. The new statute also states that a person who was convicted of a nonviolent felony in another jurisdiction is eligible for restoration if his or her civil rights, including the right to possess a firearm, have been restored for at least 20 years in the other jurisdiction; this provision may inadvertently make the waiting period for restoration of firearm rights in North Carolina considerably longer for people with convictions from other jurisdictions because they may not be able to obtain restoration of their firearm rights in the other jurisdiction for some time after their citizenship rights have been restored there. New G.S. 14-415.4 establishes other criteria a person must satisfy to obtain restoration of firearm rights, such as a one-year period of residency in North Carolina.

The act amends G.S. 14-415.1 (possession of firearm by a felon) to provide that a convicted felon whose firearm rights have been restored is not subject to the prohibition in that statute; similarly, the act amends G.S. 14-404(c) (handgun permits) and G.S. 14-415.12(b) (concealed handgun permits) to provide that people whose firearms rights have been restored are eligible to obtain the indicated permits if they meet the other criteria for issuance. The act also amends the above statutes to exempt from the firearms restrictions felony convictions pertaining to antitrust violations, unfair trade practices, or restraints of trade. People convicted of these felonies do not need to apply for restoration of their firearms rights (unless convicted of other nonviolent felonies); the changes exempt them from the firearms restrictions.

325 comments on “New Legislation Regarding the Restoration of Felons’ Gun Rights

  1. All these fkn criminals trying to get their guns back… wtf!

    You made poor choices now, you think you can be trusted to make good choices now?

    People who make poor choices in life should not be handling firearms, in ANY capacity.

    I agree w/Federal Law.
    Once a Criminal always a criminal…
    Once a Con always a Con no such thing as X-Con.. unless it’s a Con in sheeple clothing.

    It may be your right to bear, but what you do with your right can either get it taken away or secured. Becoming a criminal is definitely one way to get it taken away. Upholding the law of the land and not giving into peer pressure, is one way of securing your right to bear.

    But since most of you have chosen poorly, you have only the right to “bare” arms, not the right to bear arms.

    “Guess you should of thought of that beforehand!”
    Haa-Haaa
    What’s it matter now anyways?

    • You sir are A hard case, no second chance for “some” folks that may of gotten in a little trouble thirty years ago? But pay taxes and hold a job. I agree some cases dont need reinstating, But some should. I beleive you are without sin and should be considered for sainthood… And you should cast the first stone!

      • I agree with you totally. My husband had a drug charge 25 yrs ago and recently received his pardon (complete). He served his time years ago, started back over in left at age of 40 and raised his two small children (by himself) after getting released. He worked making over $40 an hr before his incarceration and afterwards, started back making $10 with 2 children. All of this was his fault BUT he paid his debt. He is now 59 yrs old still working, NEVER drawing any free govt monies after his incarceration and now trying to get his rights back to own a gun. Anyone that has known him, knows he is a better man today than the Ocifer Spunkter that is without sin but please get the stone out of your hand. So glad to have known a man that has been way up high, had his feet knocked out from under him and is now working his way to the middle again. He touched more lives after incarceration by doing a prison ministry than most pastors in a pulpit. Judge not less ye be judged Mr. Spincter, I mean Spunkter!

        • Great man great story,he and many others are in a better mind frame than people who never been locked up or claim that they are perfect

        • I’m 65…..And a legal gun owner, with my concealed carry permit. I’m also NRA certified pistol instructor. Here’s a novel idea…..DON’T BREAK THE LAW!!!

          • Too bad everybody isn’t as ” good” as you think you are.No second chance even if non violent, ๐Ÿ‘Ž gun used, and no trouble for 40 years? What a saint.

          • Easy for someone whos never lived in total poverty before to say. You, nor any other has any right to judge anyone other than yourselves. You couldn’t possibly fathom the kind of pressure some people endure before deciding to become a drug dealer or user. I agree violent criminals shouldnt receive any sort of pardon to bear arms again, unless of course they can show solid proof of their rehabilitation/participation as a novel citizen in society, but the past is the past for the few of us who have turned our lives around. Mistakes were made, lessons learned, and damnit if i shouldnt be aloud to own a gun years later to participate in shooting competitions/marksmanship tourneys.

      • I was sixteen when I was charged! I’m 53 and have lived a law abiding citizen since then and you people have NO idea what it’s like to have no parents to guide you in the right way! So I take it you had all that and still did shit you could of had the same results you just didn’t get cault f##k!!!

        • Agree sir. My name is also James and I also am a felon because of fighting barehanded in Texas and in Arkansas and I don’t care what anybody says, I have the right to defend my home and my family and so does everyone else with a home in the family

      • Once you served your time give them their rights back. .

        • Yes yes yes…. Agree 100%

      • Ditto sir well spoken ,I had stronger words for that gentleman living in a glass house usually the hard cases with the most skeletons in the closet all the ones crying for the most harsh of punishment for others

      • Thank you sir. I have been in trouble for fighting and was charged with a felony after a fight with my brother-in-law in which we both got over it and he lived with my wife and I until he died with a brain tumor many years later. we took very good care of him and loved him. He apologized for the lie that he told on me to the police after the fight but the damage was already done and I was charged with a felony and had to give all my guns to my son and give up hunting which is something I loved dearly. I done my time I paid my fines and was on probation for 2 years my rights should have been restored but they were not which is very wrong we who are charged with a felony are treated as a rabid dog that never dies or find a cure and that is just wrong. We raised five successful children who all are hard-working and law-abiding citizens and have never been in trouble. I feel my rights should be restored

    • You cannot judge a man in life by what he has done but judge him on who he has become and the goodness he accomplished everyone makes mistakes its in human nature to make mistakes its what we learn from them that matters

      • Correct

      • ,paying the same taxes,living a similar lifestyle as you! Should that person be treated unconstitutional after dues are paid? Hunting for instance.that “criminal”! Shouldnt be able to teach there child about hunting ! Because of something that happened 20 yr ago.? It sounds like your the criminal!! Right. Cant fix stupid!!

        • Your very right don’t understand once you’ve done your time for the crime you’ve done you’ve paid your dues to society they should give you your rights back as long as the crime didn’t have anything to do with a gun and when they try to get a job it’s not easy

      • I agree everyone who has made must stakes aren’t those they keep down

      • So true. In 2010 I was a armed security guard, my ex-boyfriend had weed in my house,probation officer looking for my son seen it. He want me to say my son. My ex wanted me to say it was my son. I losted it all.

        • I was put on probation for three years and so on now. I did my time and paid all fees.Case dismissed. Put can’t get gun rights back.

    • I was and passed out drunk in a vehicle i was in the people i trusted broke into a sportsmans club for alcohol and cigarettes. I awoke the next morning with police at my door saying i committed a felony…the people i was with involved my name although i was passed out and they took me home after their crime..after hours of questions the officer told me if i would just say i was there then i would be released immediately. I was not released for 3 days..i recieved a puplic defender that said if i plead guilty i would serve 20 days county and he would have my record sealed and firearms rights restored as my goal was to be a police officer..this public defender went on to become a felon stealing from my home town..he was crooked from the start..he should have had my charges dropped instantly instead of kissing the prosecutors ass…i personally got my record sealed and got my firearms rights restored without a attorney.. My next step is to recieve a governors pardon so now at age 42 i can fulfill my dream of beinga police officer at least get 25 years in on a police force…just because someone has had their rights taken dosent mean that their a criminal who shouldnt get a chance to fulfill their dream..whatever that dream may be

      • I agree. Sorry you had to go through all that. I make a poor decision in judgment to drive myself home. I paid the price and served my time. Now all I want to do is get my rights restored and get on with my life. I believe that everyone makes mistakes in life and should be forgiven unless they continue to keep making the same mistakes. Then no I don’t believe deserve a second chance to straighten out their life. I hope I am able to get my rights restored because I really love my guns and don’t want to have to give them up. I changed my life around and I’m no longer that same foolish person making those stupid mistakes and dumb choices. If I want to drink I just stay home or setup a dd beforehand. It’s much safer and smarter. Thanks for listening.
        Dk

      • California. I got a misdimeanor burglary 15 years ago(non violent whatsoever). Just got community service. So cant I be allowed to purchase a firearm? And do I need to have my rights restored or is it automatically done after the 10 years? I read there’s a 10 year wait and after that one can purchase a firearm. That was retaining to crimes considered felony and much worse than mine so I don’t see why I would be denied being that it’s been 15years an mine was a misdemeanor.

      • You are 100% correct sir and I hope u fulfill that dream and become one of the good officers that don’t stomp on people’s rights like ocifer spunkster does.

    • [Removed by editor] you expect these people to pay taxes and all the other things that society requires but want to keep them from protecting themselves and their families?you are an idiot,some of the most decent ,honest people I know are convicted felons,and if ignorance were a felony you would be a repeat offender,remember that drink you had before driving home ?Felony, dumbass,and this really isnt even the issue,what most don’t understand is the fact that the bill of rights were not written to limit the power of the people, but the government,these are GOD given rights,and the government has no power to deny or restrict ANY of them,any law that that is contrary to the constitution is deemed unconstitutional and there fore need not be followed [Removed by editor.]

    • That’s like saying, one cop make a poor choice in shooting an unarmed individual, ok let’s rid the police station of their guns.
      And just to clarify, choice is sometimes forced upon us, here’s an example, who did you vote for?

    • Im an excon. I spent time in federal prison for armed bank robbery. Im not a bad person. I had two kids at a young age and had no skill. I felt hopeless. You shouldnt judge someone for making a mistake. Judge people after they continuously make mistakes. Ive been out of prison for 3 years.

      • I agree with you, but we all have to understand without criminals the police, security officers, and lawyers, judges wouldn’t be in business, so this isn’t the point I’m trying to make. My point is we all lie, we all cheat the system its a matter of getting caught, do you realize how many corrupt government officials who lie to you and myself every day about MONEY, it doesn’t exist, you could fight this case its all numbers computer generated. our money is fake, our birth certificate is being used by the government its called extortion, they use our birth certificates as bonds, to sell us like cattle, do you know you went to jail and you didn’t have to, please look into your rights, “WE The people” we rule the government, that’s why they want as many criminals as possible so no one will bare arms, are you getting this…Please if anyone can tell me different I’d like to here it, but this whole so called life is a lie, we are all slaves to the Elite, to make them rich, you criminals, they want to dumb all the Americans down, who wants a smart citizen, yeah that means we will know what they are really up to..my eyes are open, spread the good word, keep gathering with people of the light, and charise the earth, who cares about others and guns, you know self defense, well you can defend your self with a pen, ok…don’t listen to dumb people who think they know the law, when it wasn’t written for them, it was written for me, you, and every citizen in America. Let freedom ring in the ears who can hear it well. Jesus died for me, and now he shall judge, no one else can..Peace to All. John 3:16, and I too am a convicted Felon, who was set up, and fighting my case after 10 years of being accused of a crime that I didn’t do…Peace Love and Mother Earth!!! Love yourself…I love you, I love everyone, we forgive the people who put us down to there level, so we can’t attain jobs, I have a criminal justice degree, after I graduated with a bachelors of Science degree, you should have seen how many police stations were after me for my expertise and knowledge about the law, my expertise goes into defending the people who are wrongfully accused of crimes, and that is why I decided to get a criminal justice degree, to help me and others like yourself, it was pure hell to get the degree, know one wanted me to get it, very jealous ass people, so I say Educate yourself, help others, I will help you with this if you want, you don’t need to be put down by the system but brought up by the positive charters that you portray for you and your children. God bless. Thank you for taking the time to read this..Cat

        • So true!!! Its all been a lie. Even NASA has been stealing from us and lying to us right along with them. Its all coming to end for them though as told in the book of Enoch. But that’s another issue. Lol my question to you is this. I’m a nonviolent felon who has had my civil rights fully restored in Kansas automatically after 10 years of being out of trouble. It actually been about 14 vie been working the same job for 10, have bought my own home paying all taxes. What do i have have to do to get my rights restored federally? Please help me Cat. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

        • I agree. I committed non violent Felonies. Got mixed with wrong crowd. Prescription frauds. I have sinced recived my civil rights back from Govenor of Virginia. I would love to receive my gun rights back. I love the outdoors and wish to pursue that again. I DONOT know where t begin. They say petition the Circuit Court of where I reside. Should I obtain legal council or try on my own. I am 50. I have completed my sentence and probation. Model citizen. I am clueless what to do next. I just don’t wanna petition Court and get shot down. Any advice?? Appreciate any help.
          Confused in Virginia
          Email. Toolivid@yahoo.com

    • Excuse me, really, ok I guess it could be said that if you really are law enforcement as your title claims, then I feel as a Christian, you sir should not be in law enforcement. Your statement alone, says to me that you are judgemental, and so therefore you have no right again to be in law enforcement. When you took the oath of office, you swore to uphold the law, and I do believe in a unbiased way.Judging someone, as you have here, you are obviously very biased. I am 55 years old I am a father of two daughters and one son, grandfather of 7 beautiful grand kids. I made a horrible choice in my life in 1989, following the murder of my oldest brother, and then 6 months later, the death of my youngest brother, and then again 3 months later I found out that the person who I grew up believing was my father, turns out wasn’t my father after all. I started to use drugs at a young age, I turned to these drugs to mask my pain, I make no excuses for my choices at that time in my life, I just know that I regret that I did what I did. Sir this was 27 years ago, can you really sit there and judge me based on what I have said here, there is no more to my story, I have simply stated what I did. It really angers me when we live in such a judgemental, hipocritical society. I am asking for my rights to be restored, so that I can go hunting, I have no interest in owning a handgun, but just based on my conviction 27 years ago, I can’t do that today. So you sir I hope someday you will be able to get over your very negative view of people who have had past convictions such as mine. WE ARE NOT ALL THE SAME, judge not and ye shall not be judged.

      • I’ve been reading different people’s individual stories on here, and I’ve got to say that my temper has risen and fallen several times with several peoples stories and responses.

        Our Government is not always set up to be fair or un-bias….remember that our judicial system starts with the police officer “a normal person who ends up dealing with a lot of bad things in his career”..then, based on his decision at that moment in time, it could escalate to a Judge making a life long decision on your future…based on….an Attorneys story telling ability…the same Attorney who in essence is trying to become a Judge and some might say is actually working for the Judges they present their cases too, because…they require recommendations as they try and climb the ladder to the “Untouchable’s” in our judicial society…

        It doesn’t matter what your felony is for and if it did, it might or might not count depending on how much money you have and are willing to give to that same judicial society who screwed you in the first place.

        Judges and Attornies are caught every day by hidden camera, other Authorieties..blah..blah..blah…
        but not much happens to them…most still get their retirement, or the payoffs they received…most just have to quit their current job and for some…they actually go right back into their tarnished profession either under a new job title or something as simple as a new location.

        The problem here my friend is…..”Your willing to participate in this corruption by asking their permissions for what is your God given right!”

        Do you really think that everyone who carries a gun to protect their families are legal to do so? Do you think those who are…haven’t broke the law in the past?

        Stop letting these types of people control your life…..

        If you feel you need a weapon to protect yourself and your family..then get one! It doesn’t matter how or where.

        You don’t need to participate in what can only be deemed as an insane system!

        So stop telling your story, stop arguing with idiots who just because “THEY” haven’t been caught yet for the illegal stuff they’ve done…think they have something worth wild to listen too!

        I’m a Vet…..the only reason things all Vet’s do in combat are not considered illegal is because we’re sanctioned by our Government!!! Take the Vet out of the place and time that our Government told us to be in and told us it was all okay…and guess what!

        Yep!!! he’s an instant Felon!!!

        Could it be that when our own President or Government intities issue an order for a “Hit”…Government sanctioned HIT…why are they not deemed felon’s…because it’s their insane rules!!!!!!

        Just go about your life….most of the smart ones do….keep the Government out of your business…just like they try and keep you out of theirs….and life will continue.

        I’ve never responded to a blog in my entire life….but I’ve got to tell you…some of the idiots that are criticizing you for what happened to you…tell’em to F&%k OFF!!!

    • well if it is a non-violent offence we should be allowed to receive are right to bear arms

      • Exactly and I’ve been out since 2009. The crimes I was charged with was because of the man I was with I guess conspiracy was what it was called.

        • I went to the Feds for a conspiracy case and they knew I had nothing to do with it and I been out 22 years and Im raising 3 girls alone but I cant own a gun.

    • You seem to have a strong opinion regarding this matter.
      Too bad you are misinformed, uneducated, unwilling to crawl out of your little box and see whats really going on.

    • That’s a very ignorant statement. Many people are convicted of “non-violent” felony charges at a very young age and many years later…let’s say 10,20,30 years later, they should have every right to petition the state to get their gun rights back. Too many people assume that just because you have a felony charge that it’s for a “violent act” when many times its for things such as theft or property damage. Point being…I think that a 48 year old that was charged with felony theft, at the age of 18, should be able to petition the state to have their legal rights reinstated. Let’s be real here, most “criminals” or “people who want to perform criminal acts” don’t care at all about petitioning the state or having any legal right to carry a gun. They just go out there and buy one off the street. Noone is perfect and therefore I firmly believe that each individual should have the right to petition the state for reinstatement of their gun rights.

      • I agree with you 100โ„… If there is anyone that has never done anything wrong I would love to know because as kids and teens we do things we know are wrong but to fit in we do it, just some people just don’t get caught. Like my husband says when you are a baby you poo in your pants when you get order you don’t. Just like a teen getting into trouble with a non- violent crime goes to jail for a year and half. Grows up has a family own your business for over 20 years keep a gun next to the Business safe someone steals it He calls the police so that if someone has it and hurt someone. Now he has not been in jail since he was 20 and then at 44 years old He thought he had his rights back but no the ATF who suck come in an arrested him for calling the gun in and gets 2 1/2 years. That is what kind of lawman we have. To make things worse we had cameras in the office and you can see the ATF only look at the computer and my daughter worked at Hooters and the agents were throwing pant hose at each other and one was sniffing the Hooters calendar. Believe me this is all true. I have the disc to prove it. No other room was searched.Just that one room and The AFt Mr. E—-k was all so acting mean to me. Our justice system sucks. My husband get over 2 years but you let someone hit and run they just get probation.

      • Exactly. I was convicted of ccw 23 years ago and i can’t own a ๐Ÿ”ซ. It was brand new never even fired. Took the fire arms class, completed it and went to submit my paper work and was still rejected. SMH.

    • You should look around you. Consider that around 50 percent of all men have had some kind of criminal record. If your brother, sister, g/f or wife had a crime on her record from a quarter century ago would you hold it against them for life? Unforgiving are we if you say yes. I had been convicted of a crime when I was 24 years old. This is now 30 years ago. I have not had any charges since then. I hope you had a ticket in your life and you were counting on someone to forgive your ticket after 3 years. Never happened? Ever had a friend defend himself and get caught in a crime for it? I am sure you are so perfect that you and all of your family and friends never committed a sin or a crime in all your life. I know for a fact that I deserve my rights being restored. I havent tried it for a while but I am sure they wont even find my record since it’s so old. I will be getting firearms again. I also may be able to defend myself with air powered rifles. There are some very powerful devices made today. But, This comment you made is ridiculous. Once a criminal always a criminal. If that were the case, then jails would never be available for space and always over full. If this ocifer profile means you are a pig, then I understand. You see nothing but evil and wrong. You never see the reality of good in people and what people do with change. Pigs are perfect. Never. I know they commit crimes some so much as bad or worse than criminals.

    • All these people talking about other people making poor judgement, well guess what idiots, everyone has made poor judgement in their lives but was never caught,

    • So convicted felons have no right to protect and secure their property . Does this mean they don’t get to defend their childern from people that do home invasions.

    • Yeah but what about people with a felonies from 25 years ago that didn’t even involve a gun

    • I think you people that are judging everyone are the people that should be judged now i dont think rapest murderers childmolesters gangbangers should ever have or get their rights to bare arms just a thaught you shouldnt judge all felons

    • I am 45 yrs old I have served on a fire department and ems service have never touched drugs since I was 18 yrs old I experimented with pot. I had just turned 18 I was traveling with a 35 yr old adult when we got stopped in Texas and we had 7ounces of weed in the car. They slapped me with a felony possession charge, never been in any trouble in my life, yes I screwed up but I am not a hardened criminal or druggie or dealer and I have more than paid my price rather unfairly but I have. I have a family I work a great job and I want a firearm to protect my family. So u still think after all these years of doing good over a semi petty offense that I am still a criminal?

    • Your an idiot. Forgive and let live.especially if it’s been 15-30 years ago and is a respected person hold a job and family

    • You are so self judging and if you have a right to own a gun so do I as long as I am a law abiding citizen and pay taxes just like you and do govern the laws of this land I have a God given right to protect myself along with my family. You think just because someone goes to jail doesn’t have rights anymore you better read your constitution and look up the statutes in the law books you can do whatever you want to do but if it comes down to protecting my family I will no matter what you say feel or do live with it.๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿฟ

    • I agree with you to some extent but believe it should be on a case-by-case basis.

      Let me give you a quick scenario or “my story”. I have my own construction business and am a sub contractor. The general contractor skipped town with over $100 K, of which $14,000 was mine. I paid my employees out of my own pocket which left me with nothing. I needed a little money to get me by for the next 10 days till my next check. I thought it would be a good idea to photocopy a $20 bill and buy groceries. I got 18 months for one count of forgery (Nebraska – Bryce Miller – 84044) and am now out on parole after 9 months. I’m an avid gun owner/collector or I should say I was.

      I just have a hard time believing that for the next 50 years of my life, I shouldn’t ever be able to touch a gun.

    • In some states 3 dui turns into a felony so for you self righteous folks if you’ve driven drunk3 times but haven’t been caught…throw your gun away..you criminal

    • I could wager $1,000,000 right now that most of the people that comment on here, whether policeman, judge, doctor lawyer,preacher, whatever, who are scoffing at those who have made mistakes, have committed numerous crimes themselves (EVEN THE SIMPLEST OF CRIMES CAN GET YOI INCARCERATED!) but just haven’t been caught yet. Becareful how you put down others, I’ve worked with prison systems and seen many of all of the above members of society imprisoned for the most simplest of mistakes. THEY ALL SHARED YOUR ATTITUDES AT ONE TIME! BUT NOT ANY MORE!

      • AMEN BROTHER,I agree 100 percent, I do not care how faithfull you are to GOD we ALL MAKE MISTAKES, more so when we were young. Even GOD FORGIVES.

    • As a professional and successful man, I have been living with a daunting felony conviction….

      In 1984, my 18 month old child sustained an slip and fall injury in the house. His injury was not clearly understood by my young-self and his young mom. By all appearances, he was alright. I went to work and was called home 6 hours later about a traumatic change. As much as we all tried resuscitation, including paramedics who arrived after I did, my son passed away.

      A kangaroo court was quickly arranged by a redneck sheriff, who did his best to discredit me with a terribly incorrect news story. Yes, it was an election year. My lawyers and I decided to let the prooving of guilty lay with the DA and did not put me on the stand. I was already angered with this faulty system I was experiencing. After the trial concluded, the judge met with my attorneys and confided that my verdict from the jury would be returned as not guilty. He was wrong. The sensitive jury was sold by the DA’s harsh closing statement and declared me guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter by ‘failing to provide timely medical attention’! What??!!

      My attorneys thought it cute to quote me $10,000 for Apeals representation. I was not only young and learning, but not rich by any means. My sentencing hearing was presented with several character witnesses. Some being cornerstone professional adults. Honestly, I believe the DA was embarrassed. The Sheriff of course was satisfied. My sentencing was 5 years suspended with probation. My probation officers through those five years went on to being my best friends even through many years since.

      So my question to you, sir, is how does this law change your thoughts in my case, if any? Those that know me, know that they would be beyond reproach if they ever thought of me as criminal.

      It was a very unfortunate experience to loose my child. In reality, I was the victim.

    • I think you have chosen poorly by making such a in-mature, uneducated, statement. Who made you an expert or judge.

    • Who the hell are your that says why should non violent convicted felon carry a weapon. We to have families and people do make mistakes at young ages.

    • One who opens his mouth makes too much noise.

    • I don’t believe that sir people can change. God makes moves on all kinds of people and changes them into better people. I don’t think that it’s fair that people have to live with a mistake and have to be reminded about it for ever.

    • Yes I made a couple of bad chocies and went 2 prison 4 both of them..then I join the armed services..my f.b.I. check came back they decided 2 keep me instead of discharging me…that was 36yrs ago..now I’m a 100% disabled vet…so tell me why u think I shouldn’t b able to arm and protect myself? Especially since the government didnt seem 2 mind when it comes down 2 defend this country

    • Officer spincter. Who made you judge jury and executioner? So many of you so called peace officers shouldn’t even be allowed on the force, but yet you are. Knock that chip off your shoulder and get a taste of reality. No man is perfect so says the lord

    • Im a felon for driving on a suspended dl wtf does that have to do with a gun?

    • i see supposedly law enforcement officers; so called keepers of the peace, lots are more crooked than the theives running around atlanta ga now; call your self respectful, then again you may be one of a 6, but i have personally seen law in every position doing more crooked crap than a career criminal; thing sets em apart is the clothing they wear; one in jeans; other in blue with an american flag on his shoulder; a disgrace to human race; a crooked law officer should be hanged by the neck to death

    • It’s sad to see that what is so important to the few, like myself, who like to be taken seriously in our pleas to be considered for the reinstatement of our privilege to ‘bear’ arms. I say ‘privilege’ because as a convicted felon, I believe that it would no longer be a ‘right’. But to those of you that believe it’s haa haa funny, I say, “Before you can judge someone, you have to walk a mile in their shoes.” I believe that most of these requests are frivolous, but there are exceptions to every rule. J.H. Dedicated U.S. Army veteran.

    • Some people do change and make a better life for themselves. I have known many people hath made bad choices when they were young and have never have had so much as a parking ticket after their first offence. Hell I also many priest that were drug dealers so by what you have said that they still are drug dealers and users.

    • People do change,and most of the time people don’t know the law…

    • People can change. Non violent crimes is the issue here. Everyone makes mistakes, don’t judge others.

    • Sad you feel that way. Sucks that we are humans and make mistakes. So I made a mistake when I was 19,I’m now 38,and haven’t been in any trouble since,and Noone from NC can help me get an expungement,due to their laws. Not every black man is a career criminal,jail prison,isn’t for everyone. There are good people out here who made a mistake,and needs help, but noone wants to help, just criticise and point fingers. Well I need help from anyone that can assist please.

    • ocifer spunkter u only make wht a janitor makes a yearunless u own the janitor company u mke waymore so its obviously u who makes bad decesions and most people dont evn need a gun and i can always shoot somebody with a list of deadly wepons that arnt guns

    • American people ,we make the laws and then we want to bend them,Why must you talk down on people that made a mistake in life or a poor choice at the time when faced with situation.I guess you are that perfect its just a matter of time before your turn comes around andnit will..

    • The comments on here are absurd… once a con always a con? Ever think someone was in the wrong place at the wrong time? Most of you are the kinda people who are rude to the checker at Wal-Mart because you think you’re Superior. You’re scum!

      • Your wrong, and angry. What glass house do you live in? I bet you have secrets in your closet

    • Wow! I am a felon and I EARNED my right back to possess firearms, we all make mistakes in life, as I’m SURE you have too.
      We are all young and dumb at one point in our life, clearly some more than others. I now can protect my wife and kids, myself and OUR property. We both pay taxes and I also can vote again. I hold a very high paying job, and work my ass off every day.
      I love my county and countrymen, and I paid MY DEBT to Society IN FULL. You are a hard case and very ignorant and one sided. Like I said we are all dumb at one point or another in our life as you clearly are , and also a very unforgiving person I feel sorry for you .

    • It was 30 years ago, my father just died from cancer, I was 17 with a piece of crap car that could not pass inspection, I was making $5.75 an hour working 20 hours a week and going to high school, I altered my inspection sticker and WHAM I am now counterfitting, too young and dumb. FELONY CONVICTION. Public defender was dumber than me and now I am paying the price. I have 2 children, a wife, a house, a 21 FT. boat,a U.T.V. and a full time job making good money, why should I not be able to get an F.I.D. ?

    • I was 18 I am 45 now I got caught with a little weed and was convicted of a felony, mind u I’ve never been in trouble prior to that incident and have lived a very productive and criminal free life ever since. I have worked in email and even ran my own business and raised a great family, I’m sorry one small mistake that gets u labeled as a felon doesn’t mean you are automatically a horrible person. There are some I agree that deserve what they got and shouldn’t ever be trusted but let’s be a little open minded. Not all felons are bad people or lifetime criminals, there are various reasons and if you think u are perfect think again I guarantee you have made some bad choices at some point in your life. Have u been held accountable by yourself or a court of law?
      People like you that are so quick to judge are sharp as marbles.

    • I do not agree with you one bit! I am a felon, a mother of 3 and a very good one at that! I didn’t make poor life choices, just took charges for my ex husband so he didn’t get kicked out of the military! I don’t have a violent felony and have never been in trouble before or even after and it’s been almost 7 years! So no not once a criminal always a criminal! Everyone has different situations so please open your eyes and see that before profiling all of “us” together.

    • Hey not cool man.
      I’m 45 years old when I was 18 in was convicted of accs after fact to grand theft 2 times.
      Because a friend told me he was gonna steal some cars.
      He did.
      3 days later I was arrested
      I wasn’t involved nor part of it.
      But because he said it and I knew even though I thought he was talking shit. Wyoming charged me. Now I have 2 felonys on my record.
      I’ve never broke the law. Urs a crappy law in Wyoming. I can’t go hunting with my kids now.
      So unless you understand I wouldn’t open my mouth n start getting upset at all felons.
      I could post on here and tell you I’m going to rob a store. Now if I do Wyoming going to come arrest you as an accessory
      So now you better hope I’m joking. Or your gonna join the felon club.

      Yup its just like that.

      Don’t just a book by its cover. People change. Especially after 20 years.

    • Ill toss this on top as well.
      I got a passport. Took my kids to Canada for vacation. Halfway through are trip… I was kicked out of canada by border patrol after I drove from wa to Alaska border. Had to turn around by Alaska Canada border and drive home. Stupid shit. All because of a dumb law in Wyoming as a 18 year old kid. There law is guilty.guilty guilty. They charge anyone who knew even if I told you and you told your friend. We all 3 would be charged.
      Just saying. Not all people all bad.
      And yes there is wrongfully accused felons. Rare but they exist. So you can’t toss it out as a few of you have said.
      Its just like being racist.
      And I’m sure you few are!!!

    • I use to think that way but now I got my rights taking away because I was with someone that was making bad choices and I didn’t know about it until I got called in the office and now I am on probation. And all my rights got taken away I never been in trouble with the law before so yes I am not a con or a Criminal. Now there is people out there is they have been into trouble more then once believe I wish I wasn’t the one that toke him to the store but he was my husband. And now he has messed my life up for good I lost my job that I really loved. And now I have hard time trying to find a job like I was doing before and I don’t have many experience.

    • Whats it matter anyway your right the criminals are armed better than the police are.

    • Those free of sin cast the first stone. Who do people think they are to judge someone because of their felony background. You have corrupted crooked law enforcement who use their weapons against people of color everyday. Yet noone is speaking out about them not having gun rights or the injustice they are committing. Why aren’t they convicted felons with possession of a firearm? Hmmm…

    • There are so many laws it is hard to beleive anyone goes without getting caught. You , sir, have broken a law you just were not caught. Sell the highhorse and quit commenting on stuff that you are “above”.

    • so someone who commited a non violent felony when they were 18 should not have their rights restored 30 years later having at the age of 50…no problems in those 30 years not even a speeding ticket

    • That’s just stupid so you mean to tell me that someone who did something when they were 20 and hasn’t been in trouble since it’s still a criminal in their mid-to-late 30s and so on that’s absolutely ridiculous. you need to get your head out of your rear and quit being so quick to judge people.

    • IT DON’T MATTER WE STILL GONNA CARRY HEAT REGARDLESS. I RATHER BE TRIED BY 12 THAN CARRIED BY 6. I committed a violent crime in 1988 did 14 yrs str8. haven’t been in any trouble since then with a 75k a year legal job. So laugh at that moron.

  2. In reality, imprisonment is a way of paying the price to society and restitution. Once you have paid your price and allowed back into society the government has decided you are ok to go back into society. All rights could be reinstated. The 2nd amendment does not say we have a right to bear arms…………unless you once did a crime or are a nut case. Gun owners scream registration and confiscation and hate any laws of any gun control. “That is not in the Constitution”, they cry. But banning ex-cons from having a gun is not in the Constitution yet we embrace the concept. So criminal’s have either paid their price to society and could be reinstated with full rights or keep considering them as criminals with no rights. I feel the law forbidding ex-cons from having guns is good even if it is not provided in the Constitution. That said we should stop accusing the government of making any laws to be disarming us so they can set up an unlikely tyranny. Stop the paranoia.

    • How do I actually apply for this restoration of rights?

    • Ex-cons have a right to protect their homes, liberties, and families as well you bigot and they should always have the right to own a firearm

  3. Born January 16th 1999 I committed a crime I have broken the law, my crime was a non-violent crime. I have served 5 years and 9 months in the incarceration field, since then, I have been out of my dark times, and I have been in the light of peace and avoided trouble. I am looking forward to restoring my gun rights and the rights to go outside of the United States for vacations.

    • The word felon is just being used as a means to strip our God given rights

  4. Grew up with amazing parents. Taught me right from wrong. High achieving student through my sophomore year in high school. That summer I got mixed up with a crowd that started me on meth. Ended up with some misdemeanor charges as a minor from the ages of 16 to 18. Caught a burglary charge at 18, for stealing some tools out of an open garage, to buy meth with. Caught a petty theft with a prior for stealing a bottle of booze to try to come down off the meth one night, at 22 years old. Got out of prison at 23 years old.

    When I got home I knew that I couldn’t be around my old friends. Moved away with a great woman that I met. Worked for a landscape company for 4 bucks an hour for 2 years. It was small, and I bought it from the owner 2 years later, when he retired……he let me make payments. I grew the business and made a decent life. Eventually left for a county road department job, with all the benefits that a government job offers. I took their sign and traffic signal department from the cave to modern days. Became a foreman within 8 years and am on track to be the Roads Superintendent when the current one retires in 5 years.

    Raised 4 wonderful children. Have 9 awesome grand children. Been with the same woman for 24 years. Own my own home. Volunteer my time and money to my community, and am well respected here. But even though my felony crimes (non violent) are 24 years old, and I have been a completely different person for all of those 24 years, I still can’t own a rifle to go hunting with my friends, or a hand gun to be able to protect my family in my home.

    I understand the need to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. But when a person has clearly put their past behind them, I believe that they should have their gun rights reinstated. Far, far more “dangerous” or irresponsible people than the man I have been for the majority of my life, and am now, are purchasing guns today.

  5. How can I get the paperwork showing that I got my resume lights reinstated from 1985 or 1986 my dad has then passed away and he’s the one who filled the paperwork for Mr and all I did was signed it but ever since my dad passed in 2997 my mother throughout all if his paperwork and now that I’m a Pastor I need to get my concealed carry because I have been threatened people and they need proof that I have my rights reestablished and don’t know how to get the proof can you help ?

  6. So if my civil and firearm rights are restored in Virginia, I am not legally allowed to possess a firearm in NC until 20 years from when my rights were restored in Va?!?! I ask this because I have lived in NC for 9 years and thought once your rights were restored you were good to go. So now it seems to me like it is a state to state scenario?

  7. Hey you guys with fed. convictions, a bill giving the ATF funding to process the applications for firearms restoration passed the House in 2015 but was shot down in the Senate. You should all contact your Senators and ask them to vote for any bill that provides funding to the ATF for this purpose. There are several million non violent felons in this country that have this same problem but very few are doing anything about it but whining. They all know it is wrong and unconstitutional but nothing will change unless you make some noise. Get off your butts and get some letters and phone calls to your congressmen and senators if you want to get something done about this. Remember there is power in numbers so it is just a matter of getting everyone to work together.

  8. I spent 7 years in the combat zone as a military contractor. I have been hurt twice as a result. I spent over a year on a military ship as well. I just got hurt bad on the ship. I haven’t been in trouble for 35 years. I have a secret security clearance. That said, I never hurt a sole in my life. I can not own a gun. The law is made for the rich. Not the working class. I should be a poster child for restoring gun rights.

  9. We have The Bill of Rights, the only Rights we have whether you are in trouble or not it is imperative to know them and keep them. Where does it come to be that those Rights which are needed in the courtroom are taken away as part of punishment? After paying your “debt” why are Rights still denied? Does one lose the Right to express themselves if they say they are going to harm someone? Why is the 4th Amendment requiring of a warrant to search a person’s property also an excuse to damage the property? And also allows a flash bang device, which can be deadly, to be used? David Koresh could easily have been arrested on any of his trips into town but ATF opted to raid the “compound” in full battle dress and take many lives in the process!
    Free speech, defending ones life with a firearm both require permits, permission to exercise a Right makes it no longer a Right. Peaceable assembly quickly becomes a riot when police show up in riot gear. Citizens are not allowed to wear body armor. Police are allowed to lie to you. Lie to police and you have broken the law. You have the Right under the 5th Amendment to not speak to or answer any question from police so why do police have interrogation rooms? Because they know most are unaware of the Right and it shows a complete disrespect by police for your Rights. No one in custody of the jail or prison system should die from anything other than natural causes yet inmates are killed all the time or die from being denied needed prescribed medications. The staff and administrators are never held accountable. They do not protect you either.

    A quadriplegic wheelchair-bound man, the injuries resulting from an auto collision, lives with his wife and children. His home is suddenly raided by DEA agents after a short investigation and surveillance. He arrested for having too many opium based pain relievers. It was his prescription but he had not taken enough of them! They decided he was maybe going to sell the extras although there was no proof of that He served 8 years.

    All the self-righteous anti-gun commenters responding to this article of rare cases and misconceptions best pay attention to their own business because the misuse of law enforcement is far more common and deadly. Also nobody is punished for fatally shooting an unarmed man in the back as long as the shooter has a badge.

    Ten Rights guaranteed are what you all need to work to keep intact. Taking Rights from some leads to the loss of them for all.
    Look up the name “Joseph Lozito” if you really want to know what is what and then “Tenaha Texas”.

  10. Hi all I know is I’m paying everyday for my past I got a few DWI one was a felony I did my time did all they wanted me to I got a hardship license drove five years without a ticket they reenstated my driving privalege then I went another decade without any trouble never drank or anything then I had a crises the place I was working was relocating four hours away at the time I had a new house my own vehicle I was raising two boys at home and this division I had to make had me overwhelmed but anyway I decided to relocate to keep my job to keep insurance for children I let them stay with Grandma so they could stay in same high school and graduate but in mean Time I was driving back and fourth trying to keep things together well the stress of driving and not knowing what I should do took its toll on me,so I was driving from OK city to in mo.i was so tired I couldn’t stay awake I was frustrated so I made wrong decision low and behold I was on phonedidnt realize I was going ten miles over speed limit got stopped but I wasn’t drinking at all but he wanted to draw blood officer said if k didn’t he would keep me in jail so I did and after twenty four hours they let me go but I plead guilty to a misdemeanor but it got me 10 weekends in jail 900 dollar fine attorney feesthey didn’t say anything but after all that I get a letter saying I could never drive again and can’t own a gun, after 16 years of never hAving accident never shooting anyone for the rest of my life I can’t protect myself and can’t get around like normal people to keep Aman down like this is crimanal I’ve paid dearly for what might have happned good luck to all those fighting for rivhts

  11. I got a good story & some of you aren’t going to believe what I’m about to say but believe me it’s all true. 26 years ago I got charged with not getting permission from the IRS to manufacture an explosive. I am a Marine Corps veteran, & I figured what I do in my home is my business, well not. Especially when my exwife made it the police business with her lies making her out to be the victim. Well that went on from 1988 till 1990 in which time I purchased a single shot shot gun to go hunting. Well she got in touch with ATF after she left me & ATF surrounded my house & arrested me & on their way through they stopped & arrested my ex as well. So we went through all the finger printing the whole nine yards & she is there telling them about my scars & everything & one of the agents said she knows what she is doing. See she changed her story so many times. Any how I got assigned a public defender that knew nothing about criminal law. Plea deal didn’t happen but if I stayed with my not guilty plea they were going to set her free & then use her & her girlfriend to testify against me. Yes they can do that, they are ATF. So I changedd my plea to guilty because I wasn’t going to let her get away with anything. Because we were not to have contact with each other at all & she broke that bond many times but they did nothing to her. I got 9 months federal time & she got 8 months. Well I did my 9 & was released to 3 years supervised release. My ex ended up with 6 more months added to her time. Got my divorce immediately after I was out. Haven’t been in trouble since. Not a criminal to begin with just made poor judgement. So 26 years later my wife & I are being poisoned by people thinking & believing some want to be drug lord or whatever. We had to leave our apt in Pa, I’m talking about all our belongings furniture motorcycle that I was almost done building everything. Grabbed a few clothes our meds & paperwork & got out of the state. Went to Ohio, well it followed us, because they compromised our phone everything. Now in Ohio one of the blood test showed arsenic in my wifes blood. I don’t have no insurance just the VA & I’m not getting anything done there, they want me to see a shrink. But nothing happened. been in touch with the EPA in Pa, my wife even had a nurse coming once a week & they were effected by the poison, so the board of health was doing anything, Got in touch with ATF & nothing there. Now my wifes medical records have been compromised in PA & Ohio. The board Of health in Ohio said best thing for us to do is move because it’s hard to tell what all poisons they are using. So now we moved to S.C. & were here for 4 days & so called friend of mine & his wife got us hooked up with this trailer that we are at now. no heat, landlord was suppose to get baseboard heaters, that was in Jan it hasn’t happened. Have had people on the roof underneath the trailer. We continue to seal & nail skirting where it is loose. Now the landlord put a blind up in this half done garage that has an unfinished upstairs to today. So we got the guy across the streets that plays on off with his lights or beats on a drum out in his yard that looks like a junk pile. We got in touch with the FBI the other day & can’t get nothing done. So I hve no option but to make me a shot gun, I’m going to give a warning shot & let them know the next one is for them. Got no where to go because everyone that I have found wants an application fee & background check. NO felons! So what we supposed to do, just sit & let them kill us? Because I know when I shoot one of them they will arrest me because of me having a record & they won’t even bother with an investigation be cause the law is lazy. My wife is covered with all these sores on the out side of her body I get some but not as bad as her but our insides oh my the stomach cramps excessive sweating, bones hurt & I’m going on 59 done had a hert attack & got degenerative joint disease, my wife has heart problems & osteoporosis. All of my teeth have fell out because of this I only have 4 left on the bottom & 2 of them are getting loose. That was another thing the board of health said too in Ohio, this is rare. Oh no it’s not. It is a major thing now, just don’t hear about it on TV. But you tube check out arsenic gangs, gang stalking it’s every where. Arsenic gangs is a little differant because money is involved as little as $50 bucks, all age groups. there is one in florida that went through it for 10 years & the neighbors even had block parties. They were getting off on what they were doing to this family. Broke into their home poisoned their food & bottled water which we have had that done too. Can you imagine how pissed off you would be to just grocery shop. go away & come home & realize your food is poisoned & you got to get rid of it & buy it again. I can’t tell you how many times we had to do it. even changed locks, but learned a lot about locks on you tube. Your best locks are grade one. They cost more & being on a fixed income it makes it hard. Our car plate expired dec 31st 2016 Haven’t been able to get it done cause got to pay property tax on it & we just got it 2 years ago by the grace of God. But going to get it done this friday & get my license. My wife is staying home, afraid to leave the home again just like PA & Ohio. I had to do the shopping & everything & she stay at home like a prisoner in your own home. So what do we do.? Can’t get no help from no one? anyone have an idea email me. go to facebook & look for loneeagle1100. This is no bull crap! It’s real!

  12. i want my rights back in the old times you got your gun back after you did your time, i had two drugs charges only did a year each of them the last one i got out in 06 don’t do that evil drug anymore i have changed i stay home with all 15 of my animals i live way out don’t drive so i think i should be able to have a gun to protect myself my ex- son-in a law just got out of prison and he is nuts I’m afraid he may come and hurt me bad he has hit me in the past i’m getting to old to be hit, i think everyone should get there right back if they wasn’t there for any violent or sex and stuff like that if it was to do with drugs you should get them back because all you was hurting was you

  13. I admit i did a couple of things at age 15 that caused me to get a non violent Y.O and a misdemeanor but that was 30 yrs ago ,and since then not one time have i ever been in trouble for anything not even a traffic infraction .. i have a family a home like every red blooded American, pay my taxes i am a fireman and peace officer in my town and was still denied a fire arm to protect my home or even hunt if i wanted to…people may agree or disagree with some of the comments left on this blog but the fact of the matter is everyone should not have there 2nd amendment right taken away and be re-evaluated.

  14. Hi I live in Oregon have for 30 years, I am 56 yrs old before I was 20 I was convicted of 2 felonys non violent ones in NC. I have a family raised 4 kids and have been in no trouble other than traffic tickets in those 30 years am I eligible to be re instated? If so can I apply for that in Oregon or must it be in NC. Also how do I start the process?

  15. Well in Texas once you been of parole you can have a gun in your place of residence once 5 yrs. has elapsed in other words off parole and probation, but not legal in federal law but ive been off 8 yrs. and i keeps me one in my house for my protection i don’t give a fuck what law it is if i shoot might not find out but that fool broke into my car and apt. got shot.

  16. Hello everyone, grow up and Evolve. I have read alot of the comments for this blog. And it’s sad how most of you are actually acting about something that is everyone’s right regardless of race Creed or color. But if you really look at how scared you all sound about felons having gun rights. But I know why your afaird. 1. Because most of you are white and rich, or you helped to make these crazy ass laws to hunt and kill blacks and minorities, or you are one of many racist police. Since the beginning whites have treated minorities like less than human. You brought my people to this country imprisoned and enslaved. Then you tell us that we are free but there’s no place ever made for us in this country. We are put down , hunted, and wrongfully talked about in the media all over the world. So now your scared because that same rabbit that you brought here, shitted on and hunted for centuries now maybe getting a gun? The police kills a black person almost 1 every minute somewhere in the USA. But, we can’t protect ourselves or our families.? That’s ridiculous and racist and inhuman to do. People can and do change all the time everyday. It’s called maturity. It’s called evolving. To say that people can’t change is just like saying the seasons are not going to change ever again. Foolishness!!!! All you people on here that have so much to say about a man or woman who has paid they’re Dept to society’s and turned they’re life around should have the right to bear arms. I admit that all felons aren’t good or trying to change. But most have and are. So that tells me that most of you on here that are crying like babies about a felons having theyre gun rights back, are either scared rich powerful racist whites, the KKK, Donald Trump’s or a racist ass police officer.. which is most police departments around these here United States. So if you think we minorities Don’t know whose pulling the strings, your wrong. So, with the trayvon martain, and Phillip Castile shootings and many,many other wrongful deaths in America. Done bye the ๐Ÿ‘ฎ police here in this country. Why wouldn’t you want everyone to have a gun. I’ll tell you why. Because you want blacks and minorities dead and gone. How do I know this. Because most white people aren’t sent to jails and prisons. Oh!!! Some may go. But they’re charge is never what a black or minority may get. So, let’s call a spade a spade y’all. Rich whites, powerful rich white law makers, police white racist government officials don’t want the rabbit to get the gun. Why? Because for all these decades you have been fucking over the rabbits. Setting them up for the kill. And you know what you have done so your scared now. Hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha!!!!!!!!!!! Yea motherfucker, ain’t no fun when the rabbits got the gun. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค” Think about it.

  17. I think that all of you greater then thou people should reflect on your own lives at what you have done wrong instead of persecuting people who have made mistakes & got caught! You have probably did worse things than the people that made mistakes & had to serve prison sentences over them! I don’t use the word hate to describe how I feel about these people who judge others for making mistakes because I realize how strong of a word hate is. I just don’t particularly care for those types of people! PEOPLE DO CHANGE! Whoever doesn’t agree with that is ignorant, the ones who say a con is always a con are ignorant. Anyone who thinks people don’t deserve a second chance are totally ignore it, but even they can change! I feel sorry for the people on here who judge indiscriminately not even knowing the factors to all the so-called cons experiences on here!

  18. I don’t totally agree with the previous comment the gentleman wrote. Because I caught my felonies in Tennessee and received a six year sentence which I had to flatten. I went when I had just turned 21. I am white as you call it sir, and the population at south-central correctional center was pretty even regarding black & white. If you’re black, you’re not a minority anymore. Used to be, but not anymore. Besides we all bleed red Which means we’re all human. Why bring racism into this debate? I do agree some prisons have a lot more black than white but it works the other way around also. Some prisons are predominantly white. They offered me 12 years for my 3 class c felonies! Which is ridiculous. Then they finally offered 6 years which I took because if I didn’t they said they were going to hang my ass. Idk where you are from, but in Tennessee the “criminals” are all treated the same & I got along with everyone in there, be it crip, blood, GD, Vice Lord, Aryon Nation or Brotherhood & all non affiliated peeps. I treated everyone like a person & was treated the same in return. We’re all God’s children my friend.

  19. Look my son as a young person got caught with a small amount of drugs and charged felony since 13 yrs later he’s raising a son solo , has a business and never been in trouble again . Yes he deserves his rights back.

  20. Well since we as felons should have our gun rights yanked away why not take our right to worship god the way we want too I mean you know the constitution states it can not be changed so why is it we have somany of our rights violated daily by our government because unlike our forefathers Americans noe days are afraid to stand up in the face if tyranny aka our government Donald trump was right about 1 thing we need to make this country great again and how do we do that by standing up to our government leaders and saying enough is enough stop stealing our rights and let the people govern the land we didn’t put people in power to rule us but for us to decide what we want him to do we give them their power not the other way around so stop looking at this as 1 of your rights being taken but what it is if you violate one of a mans rights you violate them all because as it stands the government has bronken every constitutional right we have by changing or amending something that clearly states it can not be changed

  21. If a felon should not be allowed to possess a firearm, or vote, or be in the military, then they should not be made to pay taxes. After all, why should they be forced to pay taxes while they don’t have the same rights as anyone else?

  22. “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” I believe the average person can translate this. But you wouldn’t expect our congressmen have been fighting this translation for decades. Republicans seem to grasp it pretty well, Democrats on the other hand feel the 2nd Amendment has no place in the U.S. Constitution and are 100% against American citizens owning guns. Reality is the 2nd Amendment is there and Democrats have made it a top priority in their agenda to write and pass as many gun controls laws to where it will be almost impossible for any civilian to afford or own a gun…… “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” This started with the ending of slavery, because blacks would be free and that met they would become American citizens and have the right to bear arms. Even though free blacks before the war had these rights, white democrats of the south viewed slaves as property and not citizens so they feared these blacks owning guns. The proof of this is in the voting records of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments along with both Civil Rights Acts the last one being 1965…… “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” The first gun control law to pass was the ownership of machine guns. Race relations between whites and blacks were getting out of control and riots were popping up in major cities. Democrats did a study and found more black men were in prison for committing felonies, seeing this they wrote and passed the gun control law of felons could no longer own guns. Though they would never admit this, their past record shows otherwise. Today anybody can see over the last few decades crimes that use to be misdemeanors are felonies today, and almost all new crime laws are felonies. This pattern shows that gun control laws are 100 % political and prejudice to American citizens by our government and have nothing to do with a threat to society…… In 1986 the Federal Government allowed states to decide if they wanted to give felons the right to own guns, a few states have set guidelines that will allow felons their gun rights returned . Some states you can file for executive clemency through the governor and some states say felons will never own guns again. This again shows me gun control is 100% political and has nothing to do with a threat to society…….When a felon is released from prison he always has a time period of parole to adjust to society. Once he has completed all requirements set by the State Board Of Probation & Parole he is deemed no longer a threat to society, he has paid his debt to society and released as a free man just like every other American citizen. EXCEPT, his civil rights are violated by not allowing him to own a firearm to protect himself , family and his property as all other citizens have the right to do. Up until the 1990’s you could request your gun rights through the Federal Government but the government cut funds so you have better luck sending your request to Santa Claus. I myself sent in a Executive Clemency form to the Missouri Governor back in 2014, two governors later with three update request sent in a decision has not been made for a DWI felony almost 20yrs. ago…… “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”

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