Originally Posted by flyingbrickracing
They should NOT be automatically be bestowed all rights and privileges that every other free citizen enjoys.
They're a felon for a reason,they make dumb decisions and unless they spend a TON of money and work their a$$ off to prove to the world they cured the stupid in themselves then they sould not be anywhere near a firearm.
I think that is a good summary of most of my opinion on this matter. I go a bit further, though; i think that if
they can satisfy the courts (not just afford an attorney to file a ton of paperwork) that they can handle the responsibility of owning a firearm, they should be able to do so. I do not think this should be an automatic process, nor do i think it should be viewed as a guaranteed outcome of jumping through some court hoops & such.
Why? Because i know a few felons. I have a good friend who ran with a gang in his youth and had the misfortune and lack of good sense to have a few hundred pounds of weed in his closet when two uninvited idiots had a shootout in his yard and his house. He was convicted of two felony counts and did his time in jail (good time to be a Crip with tatooing skills). He understands he messed up and that HE
lost the right to keep & bear. He is now married with a kid and his own small construction business and has grown into a more responsible and forethinking person. I think he would be a safe & responsible gun owner, but i think he should have to "earn" that right back by showing a judge that he can handle it. I do intend to get him to chat with an attorney friend of mine about getting that process started & finding out the local TN DA's opinion on his suitability to hunt with a BP muzzleloader in the interim.
I also know an idiot who avoided a felony for an armed robbery by basically being conscripted into the National Guard. He got himself kicked out of the Guard by failing a drug test or three and has never been restricted from owning/handling firearms. He shot his new GF's ex-husband twice about two weeks ago. The situation surrounding the shooting remains questionable but seems like some typical ex- vs. new- drama that should've been settled with some hand-to-hand fighting, not one guy spending his remaining years crapping in a bag due to the removal of most of his intestines by bullet. Guess who is getting charged, yup the bag crapper will be charged, or that is the current intent. The other guy should have had a felony to prevent his ignorant azz from shooting idiot #2 who is now crapping in a bag (age <30). My fellow taxpayers & I will probably end up supporting idiot #2 either in prison or on disability for his remaining years. The shooter will probably end up being shot by idiot #2's crazy ex when she gets hammered enough. I hope he remembers that the trailer won't stop most bullets.
Note to the drama: the new BF was spending a lot of time with chicky while her hubby (the bag crapper) was in jail on one of many minor drug charges (meth i bleve) & the bag crapper was made aware of the hanky panky spankin.
The felon should have a chance to prove their worth and reformation to a judge, but restoration of their right to keep and bear should be FAR from automatic, in my opinion.