Should some convicted felons be allowed to own a firearm?
I personally think some convicted felons should be allowed to own and possess a firearm if they've been convicted of a lesser felony crime such as drug possession, burglary, theft, fraud, etc
- Nuff SedLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
That is already the law in some places. For example, if the felony conviction was over 10 years ago, and was not a crime of violence or involving firearms, some states allow convicts to petition for a firearms license (at least for possession, if not carrying). Other states require a pardon from the governor, to rescind the conviction (e.g., Delaware requires executive pardon or clemency)
For instance, in Arizona (13-906), a convict can apply for restoration of civil rights, including gun rights, after two years (most felonies), after ten years (serious offenses) and NEVER for any "dangerous offense" as defined. Under Indiana laws, a person convicted of domestic violence crimes can petition for a gun license 5 years after the conviction. Michigan allows petition after 5 years.
In Minnesota you get your civil rights restored automatically upon release from prison, unless it was a violent crime, in which case you need to petition the court for such rights to be restored.
And the list goes on...
- Agent 99Lv 77 years ago
No, because they have a propensity towards crime and often their crimes escalate from drug possession, to armed robbery and then murder. Plus they already broke the law, they shouldn't get the right to own a firearm. They would own a firearm anyway because there is an illegal gun market so it doesn't make much difference.
- NeilShermanLv 67 years ago
Since a Violent Felon is the one person most likely to a) Recognize a threat AND B:) DO SOMETHING TO STOP IT - The Best Chance of Securing Freedom is to guarantee THAT Person is WELL ARMED. WhattheHell good is a Fully Loaded Nuclear Sub in the hands of a Chicken-poop Big Talker Scaredy Cat?
- John J. SLv 77 years ago
Yeah, just wht I want ... some crackhespad with a gun trying to raise money for a party. Or a burglar becoming an armed robber. If he gets a pardon with full restoration of rights, I'm OK wit him owning a firearm.
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- ScottLv 67 years ago
Some should. If you make a mistake on your taxes and get prosecuted you should not loose one of your constitutional rights for life. By the same token, there are crimes that are not felonies where a person should probably loose that right.
- 7 years ago
I believe felons that committed felonies that were not threatening to anyone and didn't involve a fire arm should be free to hold and bare fire arms.Source(s): no sights,just my opinion
- Mark IXLv 77 years ago
So basically any felony that doesn't involve a gun, eh? What were you convicted for?