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Response to beevul (Reply #174)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:50 AM

180. I fully understand what

Last edited Sat Dec 29, 2012, 10:56 AM - Edit history (1)

"So far, there has been only a trickle of petitions in states with new restoration laws. The statutes are not yet well known, and federal authorities have yet to certify many of the state programs, making them fully operational under federal law." means.

This quote is from the "mental illness" article about restoration of rights, and has absolutely nothing to do with the restoration of convicted felons' gun rights. These are two separate issues with different rules and procedures. I don't actually have a problem with the restoration of gun rights for non-violent mental patients after a thorough review by a competent medical authority (not a judge) if they can show a need for a gun.

The following quote from the first article I quoted earlier goes to the heart of what we have been discussing: the restoration of gun rights for those convicted under State felony laws.

"Under federal law, people with felony convictions forfeit their right to bear arms. Yet every year, thousands of felons across the country have those rights reinstated, often with little or no review. In several states, they include people convicted of violent crimes, including first-degree murder and manslaughter, an examination by The New York Times has found." (emphasis added)

I'm resting my case, and I can only hope that the DU-ers reading this back-and-forth (if any of them can stay awake that long) will come away with at least a broader view of the issue of restoration of gun rights for those who most likely shouldn't have them restored.

Happy Holidays, and stay warm...

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