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

There are 338 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Feb 1, 2008, 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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MACBALONI

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#42 Mar 9, 2008
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!

“The Cat that saw you Naked”

Since: Feb 08

Ambler, PA

#43 Mar 9, 2008
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 with what you posted. Just don't use Caps Lock all the way through your post next time. It makes it easier to read. But a Great post jus the same.
gralph

United States

#44 Mar 13, 2008
First of all I hate to say it but this country is such a sham in many ways and the gun laws are a good example. I got a felony for something i didnt do and the sad thing is i have proof! I've done mine time and i keep out of trouble but its like im not an american citizen. I read all of the post in here saying its my right to have a gun because the 2nd admendment says so but not the felons! So are you saying im not an american now? felons who want to break the law are going to get a gun reguardless of some law so it only hurts the people who want to do things legally and protect themseleves or their families. The people in here who are "the laws the law and its right!" in here would be saying the same thing when that lady rosa parks decided to sit at the front of a bus! Face it some laws are messed up and the gun laws are one of them.
GLEN

Tucson, AZ

#49 Mar 18, 2008
WHO ARE YOU TO SAY WHO CAN &WHO CANT CARRY A GUN SOME FELONS WERE WRONGLY ACCUSED THERE FOR YOU CANT JUDGE EVERY FELON BY THE ACT OF THE MANY YES I BELEAVE MURDERS SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO CARRY AGUN BUT PEAPLE LIKE ME THAT REALY DIDNT DO ANYTHING ALL IDID WAS BUY A CAR AND THE PERSON DIDNT OWN IT SO WOULD IT BE FARE TO SAY THAT I COULD NOT OWN A GUN.
LB101st

Spokane, WA

#50 Mar 21, 2008
I have spent time (two yrs.'70-'72) in prison, in Texas, for simply having a gram of Marijuana.

Served with the Infantry in Vietnam 101st Airborne. I just applied, after 38 years, for a CWP in Washington State. Had all my rights restored by the Governor of Texas in 1976.

Honorable Discharge, on 100% Disability from the wounds I recieved in Nam.

What say you?
kassius

United States

#51 Mar 25, 2008
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.
Marcus Garvin

Anchorage, AK

#52 May 12, 2008
Well, Guess what guys. I am a convicted Felon. I have stolen, lied assaulted, and evaded. For many years I was on the other end of the law. I have my personal feelings from this time in my life about the things I did and their none of your business. But Its been 10 years since I was convicted and I am 27 years old now. After years of questioning every aspect of myself I would say I do not wish to go back in time and change things. Without this time in my life I would not be the person I am today. I have come along way. Do I still deserve to be punished and persecuted/prosecuted for crimes that have been committed and paid for a decade ago. Have I lost the right to stand toe to toe with another man as equals. Am I lees of a man or citizen because I made mistakes, or do I simply understand my humanity better, because I am not a re offender and have proven my heart lies in the right place. Maybe I understand the reason for the line between right and wrong rather than just obeying it. Mistakes are made, and paid for, the penance goes beyond a prison sentence, I understand that but I believe that there comes a point, where my basic human rights, and my rights as an American can and should be reinstated. And the last thing I have to say, because I know that there are alot of close minded people who are so quick to judge they will have already begun thinking of what to say to attack me before they get to this point... I am now a soldier and a Non Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army Infantry. I have served for four years, received two Purple Hearts and Three commendations for Valor under Fire. I am on the front lines of our nations military force. I represent the freedoms you so whole heartedly believe I should be excluded from. People deserve a second chance, and a third, fourth, and fifth chance. Most of us spend our entire lives trying to better ourselves, some go back to school, some learn a new language, others lose some weight. Alot of people need to get off their high horses and let us better our selves. I know their is a difference but just because we made mistakes, we still deserve the chance to try
US Army Felon

Portland, OR

#53 May 15, 2008
i shot my mother boyfriend in 1992 cause he was hitting her and then said he was going to the car to shoot me after i beat him up.. i was 19 and in the army at the time.. i was convicted of Assault i only had to do 3years probation....honorable discharge from the army because of it.. i just got allowed back into the army two years ago.25ID.. and i still can not own my own weapon.. sound fair?
Eric

Houston, TX

#54 Jun 27, 2008
I was convicted of a felony in 2005. Would you like to know what for? During a traffic stop, a cop found my prescription for vicodin in my car. It was expired. Instant felony. I never served any time in jail, just did community service and paid a fine, but I can't vote or own guns ever again. I know the law was put in place to protect people, but I feel like in cases like mine, exceptions should be made. Sadly however, no system for restoring my rights exists except a presidential pardon.
Damon

United States

#55 Aug 27, 2008
The only difference between a "Felon" and 95 percent of the "Non Felons" out there is that the Felon got caught and convicted of doing something illegal and the Non Felons have just not got caught or bought their way out of it. How many of you can HONESTLY say you have never done anything illegal? How many of you have never had just a little too much to drink and then drove yourself home. How many times have you drove home just a little drunk? 0nce? Twice? Three Times? or many times? if so you deserve to be convicted of a felony and lose your rights. If you've done it many times just as most of you good ole boys out there have done,you are a habitual criminal and you should be spending 15 years in prison and lose your right to vote and own a firearm. Fair is fair so all of you righteous people need to head down and turn yourselves in and insist on being convicted of your crimes and do your time. Any of you ever smoke a little pot in your younger days? Did you buy it? Did you split it with your buddy? If so you are guilty of Trafficking Drugs so head on down and Confess your crimes and go to prison. When you serve your time you wont be able to get a decent job, vote, you wont even be able to legally hunt to help feed your family or god forbid protect your family or yourself from violent murderous people. There are many stupid laws which can earn you a felony and the loss of you rights. Look at our president Bush, he admitted to using cocaine so in all probability he is a UnConvicted felony drug trafficker. Our vice president just got caught Poaching not hunting. I know someone who got a felony conviction and sent to prison for Poaching to feed his family. So all of you high and mighty people who have never done anything wrong go ahead and polish off that 12 pack of beer or down that 8th margarita and drive your perfect self on home.
MeBubbleHead

Daytona Beach, FL

#56 Aug 28, 2008
Most inmates in prison are there for drug related crimes. During the 1920's and early 30's prohibition was fought by booze smugglers like Al Capone. Some people liken mobsters to freedom fighters. I suspect at least half the comments here are from people that drink or smoke something. Just remember to thank God for the Al Capones that make it easier for you to sleep at night! Also remeber the Taliban in Afghanistan, if the church ever gets as powerful as them you'll see prohibition in America reach new heights. The new "master race" plan is multiracial people that don't drink, smoke, or use drugs. Do you really want any master race plan? Isn't it better to allow mature adults to have freedom of choice? When they get out of hand then you call in the police. Empty out the drug dealers from the prison system and we won't need to restore rights. We might even start becoming a unified country again.
David coleman

United States

#57 Nov 30, 2008
David wrote:
I see a long line of criminals coming forward to have their fingerprints taken and wait to get a concealed weapons permit.....Not!
thats not true you need to go back and take a look at tha law yourself
jah35

Bloomfield, CT

#58 Jan 6, 2009
wen do we stop paying for our mistakes, i have a mail fraud conviction(federal) in 1988, clean since then, when will i stop paying for that and be a full citizen with all the rights of one
Tom

United States

#59 Jan 27, 2009
Look...Im a felon for riding in a car with the wrong person.I have a clean record Ex-gunersmate in the USN.Some of you are just retarded ok 1st.If i wanted a gun I could get a gun from the streets real F'n easy. Im sure a lot of felons know where to get firearms too.Felons who want their gun rights back are not looking for a gun to go commit another felony(who commits a crime with a registered gun?).I just want my rights back I dont think its right for them to hold my right to own a gun back because i was riding with the wrong person.Im a guy who served this country and I have a clean record aside from 1 felony that was not violent! I dont think every felon should own a firearm but they should make a change to that law.Yes you are not all angels...Dont judge someone by there criminal record.
whatever

Orange Lake, FL

#61 Feb 6, 2009
hey, im a felon, i messed up as a kid, im 21 now and im not tryin to get a concealed weapons permit, i just want a rifle and a shot gun, to go hunting. What is so wrong about wanting that
Van Sanford

Rossville, GA

#62 Mar 9, 2009
I am curious about the double standards so prominent in todays government. For example, an ex felon can join the military and use a firearm daily but 1 minute after he leaves service it is against the law for him to own a gun.
There is also the case of the convicted felon who was in jail for drugs(pot)sales. No firearm was used and it was a federal offense because of crossing state lines. Felon served his time, and finished his parole/probation period without any problems.
Less than a week after he completed his parole he was shot and killed by a young man who had never
been convicted ,using a legal registered gun. When questioned why, he answered. "I knew he could not keep a gun in his business, he was an easy target. the law made it easy for me to take him." He died becasue he wanted to obey the law.
So in essance, the govermnet is lighting a neon sign on business owners that may have made bad choices in thier youth and because of thier conviction are no longer able to protect thier own businesses.
The sad part of it is he died for no other reason than an uncaring government official. There is a
exception that covers ex-felons already on the books. But as you can see from the excerpt below
the federal government is doing thier best to ignore it.
The link to the entire article is http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp ?
id=1032128620083
Just copy it and paste it into your browser.

Except from www.law.com
While convicted felons generally are not permitted to own guns, a provision in the federal firearms laws allows someone who has served his time and been released to apply to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for permission to own a weapon.

But the ATF hasn't green-lighted any felon's request for relief in a decade. It can't. In 1992, Congress eliminated the funds that enabled the bureau to do it and has refused to restore them ever since.

That came after a report prepared by the Washington, D.C.-based Violence Policy Center blasted the ATF, showing that one-third of the felons granted gun privileges by the bureau had been imprisoned for a violent or drug-related crime.

Believe it or not, while Marijuana is an illegal substance, most of the people who use it are 100%law obiding with the exception of smoking this weed. Most of the law enforcement officers I have spoken with would prefer pot to be legalized and taxed. this would allow them to concentrate on the much more dangerous chemical based drugs being sold. In fact, none of them could remember a case of a pot smoker robbing someone to buy smoke. most of them just sat around watching TV and eating sweets.
Someone in the government needs to level the field.
Crow

Shelby, OH

#63 Mar 11, 2009
In 94 I tried to kill a child molester with a van. Be damned if I can go get a gun but I just bought another van last Saturday.
Hubert Britt

Ocala, FL

#64 Apr 12, 2009
I have done time in florida I am a combat marine of Viet nam, if you are doing the right thing then you should be aware of the responsibilities of owning and using a gun for hunting or defense.if a person has done time there sholud be a way to restore their right to own and use guns if they can demonstrate responsibilities of such and include statements of other people that know you.
your smart

Youngstown, OH

#65 Apr 23, 2009
HEY MIDDLE AMERICA wrote:
<quoted text>and they should not be allowed to vote ever again...or own property
thats a great idea. lets make them not vote, own property, get any restoration of rights, and otherwise just push them into a complete underground economy where they own as much as they want and have no chance of reintegrating into society, since you dont want them to, so they can turn fully to crime because they have nothing to lose and thanks to you, nothing ever to gain by being good.
hope they move in next door to you...
A Liberal

Birmingham, AL

#66 May 5, 2009
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.

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