Ask the Governor: Can felons regain the right to own guns?

There are 20 comments on the Feb 1, 2008, South Florida Sun-Sentinel story titled Ask the Governor: Can felons regain the right to own guns?. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Q: Why is it that the state of Florida despises felons so much that, even if you have never committed a violent act against anyone, your Second Amendment rights of being able to bear arms are never restored? We ...

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A Liberal

Birmingham, AL

#67 May 5, 2009
kassius wrote:
felony - carrying concealed weapon to protect myself.
now everyone is doing it. I will continue to carry a gun because the laws against felons are unfair. felons cannot get jobs. we are forced to follow rules in a place that forces crime as are only way to survive. Commit a felony then you will see how unfair life is. License or not i will have my gun to protect myself from YOU.
So you admit to being a criminal then? Ok you should go to jail as would any other offender. Plus you sound like you have the potential to be violent. No legal gun for you I say.
Dave

United States

#68 May 5, 2009
No non-violent felon should have their right to self defense with a gun revoked.
There's no justification for it at all.
A Liberal

Birmingham, AL

#69 May 5, 2009
Dave wrote:
No non-violent felon should have their right to self defense with a gun revoked.
There's no justification for it at all.
Well, if not every felon should be denied, then what type of felon do you agree should have their gun right taken away?
ralphy

AOL

#70 May 6, 2009
You become a non person with a record,you still have to pay your tax and stop at all red lights and it is ok for someone bust into house and kill your wife and kids,
Rush1

Delray Beach, FL

#71 Jun 7, 2009
A Liberal wrote:
You commit a felony you should loose your gun rights. There are consequences to chioces we all make. I believe that if you are a convicted felon and especially a violent one, you should never own a gun. I think the violence is the key factor here. No second chances where violence was involved.
Well since you are so liberal, you must be liberal about the marijuana laws, right? Should some one with a felony marijuana conviction lose his rights? I think abortion is murder so all of your pro-choice friends should be brought up on felony murder charges. In fact, being a liberal douchbag should be a felony, and you should be convicted in the 1st degree!
accidental felon

Bartow, FL

#72 Jun 8, 2009
truth hurts, thank you, you are 100% right all of these idiots who hold themselves above every one else are a bunch of corn holes, and they know damn well that they at one time or another have commited a felony knowingly or not, it makes no difference in my eyes, for example someone like me who has a social anxiety problem, and let me mention that i at one time had a perscription to alprazolam, but due to not having health insurance i made the poor decision to obtain my meds from a friend for 1 tenth of what i would pay by going to a doctor with out health insurance, so i get caught with a few pills which i do not abuse, sell, or involve myself in any form of violence or criminal activity.

AND NOW YOU TELL ME THAT I SHOULD NOT BE ALOUD TO DEFEND MYSELF AND MY FAMILY BECAUSE OF SOMTHING THAT WAS SIMPLY A BAD DECISION ON MY PART, WHICH HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH VIOLENCE, WELL ALL OF YOU PREACHERS OUT THERE WHO THINK THERE ALL HIGH AND MIGHTY NEED TO TAKE A LONG HARD LOOK AT THEMSELVES AND THINK ABOUT THINGS THEY HAVE DONE, BUT JUST WERE NOT CAUGHT DOING IT.

YOU CAN ALL EAT ****
Fed Up With No Rights

Collierville, TN

#73 Jun 9, 2009
I made mistakes in my youth and got convicted of a violent crime and did 4 years probation - no jail time because it was my first offense. OK that was the only time I was ever arrested and that was 25 years ago. Doesn't the fact that I have been arrest free for 25 years count for something? All kinds of people say that felons should not be able to own a gun. That in fact is saying that that I have to pay forever for my crime. UNFAIR! If I am not equal to you then I should not be allowed in society and furthermore If I am not equal to everyone else then I should not have to pay the same amount of taxes as those with more rights..........
A Liberal

Birmingham, AL

#74 Jun 11, 2009
Rush1 wrote:
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Well since you are so liberal, you must be liberal about the marijuana laws, right? Should some one with a felony marijuana conviction lose his rights? I think abortion is murder so all of your pro-choice friends should be brought up on felony murder charges. In fact, being a liberal **** should be a felony, and you should be convicted in the 1st degree!
I am indeed liberal concerning the marijuana laws, I believe it should be legal. You ask if a convicted grass dealer or user, to the extent it is a felony, should lose all of theri rights. I don't think so, although I do believe they should lose their right to own a gun. The rest of your comments are of course mindless and place you in the fringe far right. Do you have anything meaningful to add?
Voice2listen2

Mohave Valley, AZ

#75 Jun 19, 2009
forget about it wrote:
A felon is a felon.....Police and innocent victims are being killed because of the right to bear arms. Someone tell me what an AR15, M16, AK 47, MP5 and so forth were intended to be used for.....War is the answer.
I admit there is a war on our streets between the police and law abiding citizens and the criminal element. We cant win unless our legislators help us. The Rifle Association is a great orginization but their money fuels the legislation that allows the criminals/felons to get their hands on these murderous weapons.
First off the second amendment protects US from the Government first and formost. Everything is a felony nowdays.. jUst another way they can take your rights. The Constitution says, " shall not be infringed" but of course they do it anyways. A felon should get his rights back after he has payed his debt to society and out of prison. As far as the violent felons, murders, rapists, etc. should never have to worry about them getting ahold of guns, because they should never be released to have to worry about this. An M16, ar15 etc. are made for war and home use as well. In case your memory is selective and forgot the LA riots, remember the man standing on the roof of his home with an AK47? Defending his home, family, and possesions with an assult weapon. Tell him it has no home protection purpose. Cops cant be there all the time. In fact they usaually show up after the crime is over. As far as Cops getting killed because of "right to bear arms" that is BS. Its not the right to do something that is killing anyone. Its the lunitic who loaded it and pulled the trigger. Double the amount of people are killed by using people hands and feet than that of firearms. Should we cut off all the hands and feet of everyone cause more people are being killed that way? No why? Because most people understand that it takes a concious decision to use them in such a matter. Every traffic stop a cop makes he makes it with the assumption or expection of the possibility that the person is armed. What is the difference if he has one or not? If the cops have that much of a itchy trigger finger, and just start shooting at the admission of a gun without any provocation then they need to find another line of work. Its not happening now with all the concealed weapons permitts so why do you think this unlikely senerio would happen? Oh ya, MOST felons are not Violent or merderous. Let me guess you purpose then to what take guns from everyone because of a few idiots? Maybe they shoud take your car because of all these criminals are in deadly car chases that are killing people everyday we see on TV. All these cops are dying and civilians too. So with your logic I guess the thing to do is TAKE your car so you dont do that maybe someday. Funny how when it affects something you do lawfully its seen as different or not the same. Quit living in a world of theory and back to reality.
A Liberal

Birmingham, AL

#76 Jun 22, 2009
gunhappy wrote:
I think any felony should keep you from having a concealed weapons permit for at least 10 years.
Violent or any knid of act against a person should be no CWP for life.
Makes a lot of sense to me.
Wanta Be Senator

Barnesville, OH

#77 Jun 22, 2009
GOVERNOR CRIST WILL PROBABLY HELP HIS GAY LOVER GET HIS RIGHTS BACK WHEN HE GETS OFF PROBATION,

Governor Charlie Crist was born in 1956 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, but his family soon settled in St. Petersburg. As a public school student Governor Crist quickly learned the value of participation, leading him to serve as class president at St. Petersburg High School and, later, as student body vice president at Florida State University. In high school Governor Crist was the starting quarterback for his football team. He later played football at Wake Forest University before transferring and receiving his undergraduate degree from Florida State in 1978. Governor Crist then earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. Governor Crist received invaluable experience in Florida’s criminal justice system while interning in the State Attorney’s Office before accepting a position as general counsel for the minor league division of the Baseball Commissioner’s Office. Apparently this is where Charlie begin to develop several homosexual relationships. Governor Crist began his government service as state director for former U.S. Senator Connie Mack before later returning to the private practice of law with the Tampa firm of Wood and Crist. Many pictures can be found on the internet of Charlie living up the night in Clearwater area Gay Bars. At least one showing him in leather pants. Around this time is when Crist met and began a sexual relationship with one Bruce Jordan. Jordan is a career criminal who at one time was President of the Florida Funeral Directors Assn. In 2003 Jordan was charged with five counts of Forgery and two counts of Grand Theft in Leon County. Charlie Crist pulled some strings and got his lover released on State Probation without any jail time. Then in 2005 two additional charges of Grand Theft surfaced. Again Crist intervened on behalf of his lover to insure he would only continue to be on supervised probation and not serve jail time. Currently Bruce Jordan is still on active probation until 2011 and living at 3357 W Hwy 476, Bushnell, Sumter County, Fl 33513. A GOP staffer, 21-year-old Jason Wetherington, told friends at separate social functions in August that he had sex with Crist, according to two credible and independent sources who heard Wetherington make the claim first-hand. Wetherington, and Bruce Jordan both worked for U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris and Wetherington currently works for state representative Ellyn Bodganoff's reelection campaign. In 1992, Governor Crist won a seat in the Florida Senate. For six years in the Senate, Governor Crist served as Chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee and as Chairman of the Appropriations Criminal Justice Subcommittee. A strong voice for public safety, he sponsored, among other legislation, the Stop Turning Out Prisoners (STOP) bill requiring prisoners to serve at least 85 percent of their prison sentences. This earned him numerous honors, including appointment as an Honorary Sheriff by the Florida Sheriffs Association—only the third person to receive the honor in the organization’s long history. After Governor Crist completed his Senate service, Governor Jeb Bush appointed him as Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. In 2000, Governor Crist won a special election and became Florida’s last elected Commissioner of Education. Governor Crist’s path of public service next led him to seek election as Attorney General in 2002. He carried the general election by more than one-third of a million votes to become Florida’s first elected Republican Attorney General. On November 7, 2006, Governor Charlie Crist was elected to serve as Florida’s Governor. Governor Crist is a lifelong member of the St. Petersburg Chapter of the NAACP.
Wanta Be Senator

Barnesville, OH

#78 Jun 22, 2009
Governor Charlie Crist was born in 1956 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, but his family soon settled in St. Petersburg. As a public school student Governor Crist quickly learned the value of participation, leading him to serve as class president at St. Petersburg High School and, later, as student body vice president at Florida State University. In high school Governor Crist was the starting quarterback for his football team. He later played football at Wake Forest University before transferring and receiving his undergraduate degree from Florida State in 1978. Governor Crist then earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. Governor Crist received invaluable experience in Florida’s criminal justice system while interning in the State Attorney’s Office before accepting a position as general counsel for the minor league division of the Baseball Commissioner’s Office. Apparently this is where Charlie begin to develop several homosexual relationships. Governor Crist began his government service as state director for former U.S. Senator Connie Mack before later returning to the private practice of law with the Tampa firm of Wood and Crist. Many pictures can be found on the internet of Charlie living up the night in Clearwater area Gay Bars. At least one showing him in leather pants. Around this time is when Crist met and began a sexual relationship with one Bruce Jordan. Jordan is a career criminal who at one time was President of the Florida Funeral Directors Assn. In 2003 Jordan was charged with five counts of Forgery and two counts of Grand Theft in Leon County. Charlie Crist pulled some strings and got his lover released on State Probation without any jail time. Then in 2005 two additional charges of Grand Theft surfaced. Again Crist intervened on behalf of his lover to insure he would only continue to be on supervised probation and not serve jail time. Currently Bruce Jordan is still on active probation until 2011 and living at 3357 W Hwy 476, Bushnell, Sumter County, Fl 33513. A GOP staffer, 21-year-old Jason Wetherington, told friends at separate social functions in August that he had sex with Crist, according to two credible and independent sources who heard Wetherington make the claim first-hand. Wetherington, and Bruce Jordan both worked for U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris and Wetherington currently works for state representative Ellyn Bodganoff's reelection campaign. In 1992, Governor Crist won a seat in the Florida Senate. For six years in the Senate, Governor Crist served as Chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee and as Chairman of the Appropriations Criminal Justice Subcommittee. A strong voice for public safety, he sponsored, among other legislation, the Stop Turning Out Prisoners (STOP) bill requiring prisoners to serve at least 85 percent of their prison sentences. This earned him numerous honors, including appointment as an Honorary Sheriff by the Florida Sheriffs Association—only the third person to receive the honor in the organization’s long history. After Governor Crist completed his Senate service, Governor Jeb Bush appointed him as Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. In 2000, Governor Crist won a special election and became Florida’s last elected Commissioner of Education. Governor Crist’s path of public service next led him to seek election as Attorney General in 2002. He carried the general election by more than one-third of a million votes to become Florida’s first elected Republican Attorney General. On November 7, 2006, Governor Charlie Crist was elected to serve as Florida’s Governor. Governor Crist is a lifelong member of the St. Petersburg Chapter of the NAACP.
Wanta Be Senator

Barnesville, OH

#79 Jun 22, 2009
Stanaki Land deal in Volusia County should hurt Crist and McCollum . FDEP/ DSL was negotiating to buy land from a major Republican donor Mori Hosseini. In derrogation of a court ruling (Case 05-001852) Crist and Bush and granted development entitlements on the Land (FLAWC053106) while negotiations were in process. Hosseini was allowed to get new appraisals and raised the asking price from 8 to 16 million. Crist then had FDEP end negotiations and asked DCA to fund the purchase through a FCT Grant reimbursement program. This allowed new appraisals to be used by the State. Last Thursday (FCT Governing Board Meeting) DCA Secretary Pelham approved funding the purchase at the higher per acre price. FCT Director Reecy said the earlier FDEP appraisals and offers were "irrelevant" and removed them from the files prior to staff and Board review of the grant application (08-004-FF8). Both McCollum and Crist received donations before and since the Pioneer CDD was granted

UPDATE: CRIST APPOINTS HOSSEINI’S SISTER TO ST. JOHNS WATER
MANAGEMENT BOARD

Gov. Charlie Crist has picked two new people to serve on the regional water management district board for Central Florida – a Volusia County engineer with development ties and an Alachua County law professor with environmental ties.
Crist named Maryam H. Ghyabi, 50, of Ormond Beach, and Richard G. Hamann, 58, of Gainesville, to the St. Johns River Water Management District governing board, which controls water consumption permits, approves wetland permits and decides how much water the local utilities can siphon from the St. Johns River. The district includes parts of 18 counties, including most of metro Orlando.
Ghyabi is president of Ghyabi & Associates, a transportation engineering and planning firm that has been a consultant on many local transportation issues. She is a sister of Mori Hosseini, a big-time developer based in Daytona Beach. Hosseini is a Republican super-fundraiser, ranking as a “Ranger” who raised at least $200,000 for President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign. Hosseini and his array of companies frequently show up in many elected officials' campaign finance reports.
Hamann teaches water and ecosystem law at the University of Florida's Center for Governmental Responsibility. His professional affiliations include the Florida Defenders of the Environment and the Alachua Conservation Trust.
If approved by the state Senate, Ghyabi would replace David G. Graham of Jacksonville and Hamann would replace Ann T. Moore, the Flagler County representative.
carl

Narberth, PA

#80 Jul 2, 2009
Many people judge against a felon until they are one. Get real.
dayla

United States

#81 Jul 23, 2009
i was convicted of a non-violent felony almost 18 yrs ago. Lost my right to carry, so i didn't. A few years ago i was violently raped and beaten when someone broke into my apartment where i lived alone. The police told me that word had got out that i lived alone, and was unarmed. Im a female, 5 ft tall, 100 pds. Needless to say, i carry now regardless. I would rather be judged by 12, then carried by 6.
Darryl

New Port Richey, FL

#82 Aug 3, 2009
anarchy i say lets do it
David

Englewood, FL

#83 Aug 29, 2009
I dont agree with most people saying that they are against felons owning firearms. I am currently on probation in FL, for doing something rather stupid. I threw a cordless phone at my mother, who is over 65, and had adjudication withheld on my felony battery charge. I was placed on probation for 3 years and will apply for early termination after 1.5. I have been in gifted/honors programs throughout my time in school, so I do know the difference between right and wrong. I was addicted to opiates at the time and to be frank, wasn't thinking properly at all. I have since completed a rehab program and am just staying out of trouble in the time being. My father has always had his CWP for as long as I can remember. I intend to follow in his wake as I have my own set of beliefs as to what will happen to this country in the next 5-7 years and do not want to be without protection. I guess the point I'm trying to make is...People make mistakes, some get caught, others don't. Some learn, some don't. I got caught and learned from something very stupid, that doesn't mean I don't use discretion when it comes to deadly force, It's common sense that, believe it or not, some people don't have and thats scary. I intend to get my CWP and have my record sealed. Do it the legal way.
Jermaine

West Palm Beach, FL

#84 Sep 8, 2009
MACBALONI wrote:
YOU ARE ALL STUPID!!!
TAKING THE RIGHT TO BARE ARMS AWAY FROM A FELON IS POINTLESS SINCE THE GUNS THEY HAVE ARE ILLEGAL IN THE FIRST PLACE AND IT IS EASIER TO GET AN ILLEGAL GUN THEN A REGISTERED GUN AND WAY CHEAPER TOO SO GET REAL WHO CARES YOU AINT STOPPING ANYONE WHO WANTS TO GET A GUN FROM HAVING ONE FOCUS ON SOMETHING MORE IMPORTANT LIKE MY FRICKEN 3.99 A GALLON DIESEL PRICES CAUSE YOU MAY SOON NEED YOUR GUNS TO PROTEST YOUR SOON TO COME 6.99 A GALLON FUEL PRICES WHICH WILL RUIN LIFE AS YOU KNOW IT. THINK!! AND FOCUS YOUR ENERGY ON MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES LIKE NOT BEING RIPPED OFF BY THE GOVERNMENT, BROKERS, AND BIG OIL. NOTHING LIKE SPENDING HALF YOUR WORK DAY TO PAY FOR THE GAS THAT TAKES YOU TO WORK YEEEHAWW!!! AND YOU MAY NEED YOUR GUNS TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM SUCKING THE 100 DOLLARS WORTH OF GAS OUT OF YOUR CARS AT NIGHT. GUN LAWS BLAH WHO CARES IM WORRIED ABOUT MY 5 DOLLAR OJ AND MY 4 DOLLAR MILK OH AND CRAP A BAG OF DAM APPLES IS OVER 5 BUCKS NOW!!! GET WITH THE PROGRAM!!! FRICKEN RED BULL ENERGY DRINK ALMOST 3 BUCKS WHAT THE HELLS GOIN ON! GUN LAWS GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR BUTT!!!
AND YOU HAVE ALL DONE A CRIME YOU JUST HAVENT BEEN CAUGHT AND THATS THE REAL DEAL! YOU AINT NEVER HAD A COUPLE DRINKS AND DROVE STRAIGHT HOME YA YOU WERE OVER THE LEGAL LIMIT FELONS!! GIVE UP THE IM A PERFECT CITIZEN BIT ITS OLD! YOU ARE A LIER AND I TRUST THE CRACK HEAD MORE THAN YOU CAUSE I KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT FROM HIM SINCE HE WILL PROBABLY ADMIT HE WANTS TO ROB ME FOR SOME CRACK MEAN WHILE THE SUPER CITIZEN OVER HERE PROBABLY INVESTED 20K IN GAS AND IS ROBBING ME BLIND SNEAKILY FROM OUT OF SIGHT. WHICH WHILE LEGAL IS MORE IMMORAL THAN THE CRACK HEAD ROBBING ME IN PLAIN SIGHT. WHATS WORSE UNCLE SAM BUTT RAPING ME OR THE CRIMINAL WHO CANT FIND A JOB ROBBING SOMEONE ITS ALL THE SAME CRAP TO ME!
I agree , guns are to easy to come by. At least if they did not band them from flons they can monitor what they are buying and who is buying what you know . But if gas keeps going up you will need a gun to protect you car are truck from someone taking your gas .
jeff

Choudrant, LA

#85 Sep 22, 2009
I am a convicted felon, my cousin an i were walking around town and he decided he wanted to stael a 4-wheeler i didnt want no part in it but when it went to court i was charged with the same crime theft over 5000 a felony, now i cant even hunt is that right. it has been 6 years now and ive lost a righ and a beloved sport its not right.
jeff

Choudrant, LA

#86 Sep 22, 2009
do you hunt

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