Hunting rights sought for felons

Hunting rights sought for felons

There are 81 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Apr 19, 2009, titled Hunting rights sought for felons. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Jordan Schrader * [email protected] * published April 20, 2009 12:15 am RALEIGH Felons who think their criminal past shouldn't keep them from having the right to hunt are getting some attention in the state's and nation's capitals.

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Stuart

United States

#1 Apr 19, 2009
Shouldn't matter after twenty years what the crime was.If a person hasn't offended in twenty years you would think they have learned their lesson and become a productive member of society.Of course you would also think that a member of congress or any member of society would let a person move in with their life as long as they paid their dues.
Matt

Boiling Springs, SC

#2 Apr 20, 2009
So begins the erosion of crime and PUNISHMENT.
First this and then GOD only knows what other "rights" will be restored to these criminals.
Let's begin treating crimes of felonious nature with a softer,more compassionate attitude.
Gary

United States

#3 Apr 20, 2009
Here is an idea! Why don't we vote Phil Haire out of office so we don't have to worry about some huggy feely person like himself, letting felons have their guns.
Keith former Gun-bunny

United States

#4 Apr 20, 2009
Matt wrote:
So begins the erosion of crime and PUNISHMENT.
First this and then GOD only knows what other "rights" will be restored to these criminals.
Let's begin treating crimes of felonious nature with a softer,more compassionate attitude.
I could see certain felony convictions on a soul should be able to hunt. I know a guy from days gone by who was convicted for DWI, CRS on state was in, and it was a felony for which here in NC it be a misdemeanor. He could no longer own an firearm as which with my DWI here in NC back in '84, I can.
souphead

Spartanburg, SC

#5 Apr 20, 2009
I mean after all we have a person who used illegal drugs when he was in college (didn't get caught) in the White House.

Since: Oct 08

Candler, NC

#6 Apr 20, 2009
I think that for non violent felons this would be okay. Until the Feds passed the ban, any convicted felon in NC could own a long rifle/shotgun which means one with a barrel length of 18" or longer. I think that the ban should continue for all felons in regards to a pistol or hand gun.
Jugtown

United States

#7 Apr 20, 2009
20 years... if you go 20 years without committing a crime, criminal records should be wiped clean.
Buncy

Morganton, NC

#8 Apr 20, 2009
I remember some kid in Florida got into an exchange of words with an overzealous customs agent as he was coming back into the USA from Europe.

The boy flipped on his tape recorder and recorded the argument with Customs. Customs then charged him with a felony under Florida law.

Now that in my view is an outrageous charge. I looked up the law and sure enough, Florida's legislature made it a felony to record someone's conversation without their permission, even an insolent public official like a customs agent.

Turning someone into a convicted felon over a tape recording is utterly insane, whacked out crazy.

But somebody who has committed a B&E and larceny I have no sympathy for. If you burglarize someone's premises, you deserve losing your rights of citizenship, including your Second Amendment rights.

If the state changes the law to let felons hunt, the felons still have to deal with the federal law. If a felon is in possession of a firearm, both the state and the feds have concurrent jurisdiction and can charge him with another felony, i. e., possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. It's the feds who charged Pete Bradley.
CJOHNNY

Wilmington, NC

#10 Apr 20, 2009
Who in the hell came up with this idea? Another tie up of the court system. And some people wonder why it takes so long to get a case thru the system.
CJOHNNY

Wilmington, NC

#11 Apr 20, 2009
A Western North Carolina business owner told state Rep. Phil Haire his convictions for breaking-and-entering and larceny, stemming from a decades-old theft of copper wire, keep him from hunting.

What a shame.
Tom

Enka, NC

#12 Apr 20, 2009
If you extend the argument that felons who have paid their debt to society should be able to have guns, then child molesters who have paid their debt should have total freedom. There should be no registries or letting neighborhoods know who lives amongst them. These people knew what the consequences were when they committed the crime.
Back atcha

Maxton, NC

#13 Apr 20, 2009
Buncy wrote:
I remember some kid in Florida got into an exchange of words with an overzealous customs agent as he was coming back into the USA from Europe.
The boy flipped on his tape recorder and recorded the argument with Customs. Customs then charged him with a felony under Florida law.
Now that in my view is an outrageous charge. I looked up the law and sure enough, Florida's legislature made it a felony to record someone's conversation without their permission, even an insolent public official like a customs agent.
Turning someone into a convicted felon over a tape recording is utterly insane, whacked out crazy.
But somebody who has committed a B&E and larceny I have no sympathy for. If you burglarize someone's premises, you deserve losing your rights of citizenship, including your Second Amendment rights.
If the state changes the law to let felons hunt, the felons still have to deal with the federal law. If a felon is in possession of a firearm, both the state and the feds have concurrent jurisdiction and can charge him with another felony, i. e., possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. It's the feds who charged Pete Bradley.
Several years back my home was broken into. It was 1 AM when I awoke to see a silhouette standing outside my bedroom. Fortunately, when I screamed this felon fled. I changed my attitude about handguns. The 22 pistol that I own is licensed. I have had professional instruction and I am very conscientious when small children visit my home (gun & ammunition stored well out of reach in separate rooms). The man who broke into my home as well as 16 others was eventually apprehended and sentenced to jail. I dare say that at least 16 voters want assurance that this person forfeited his right to EVER own a gun for any reason. When an individual commits a felony he / she forfeits rights that have been predetermined by the courts.
Stuart

United States

#14 Apr 20, 2009
Jugtown wrote:
20 years... if you go 20 years without committing a crime, criminal records should be wiped clean.
I think you are about the only one on here with any common sense.

Since: Sep 08

Mills River, NC

#16 Apr 20, 2009
Criminals ALWAYS make excuses and call it mistakes. Such feces. Criminals willfully using their power of choice to do the crime so they must live with societies punishment. They knew better but they chose to be a criminal. Do not let felons own a weapon. They will kill you with it. They can't be trusted in society.
joe schmo

Maxton, NC

#17 Apr 20, 2009
No, violent felons should not be allowed to hunt.
But people who were convicted of non-violent crimes should i guess be allowed to hunt. Not all felons are the same. But personally I wouldn't care if they kept it the way it is. Hunting is not a necessity, its recreation.
Skippy

Asheville, NC

#18 Apr 20, 2009
If someone has such a burning desire to kill, let them join the Army but right now the Army doesn't want them. Even the Army knows it's not such a good idea to give people guns that don't really give a crap about the rules. So if they are too dangerious to turn loose in a war zone do you really want them in your backyard?
Touche

Columbus, GA

#19 Apr 20, 2009
souphead wrote:
I mean after all we have a person who used illegal drugs when he was in college (didn't get caught) in the White House.
Two in a row, even.
Citizen Blogger X

United States

#20 Apr 20, 2009
One of my brother-in-laws was approached by his cousin , His cousin asked him to come to court and testify that the two of them had been fishing together on a certain date , Being regular fishing buds my BIL wasn't sure of the date but agreed to testify for his cuz , After his testimony the prosecuter presented a video tape of the cousin actively working a marijuana patch ! My BIL is no a convicted felon for committing perjury, He was actually punished worse than his cousin and he has never touched marijuana in his life ! This was 15 yrs ago ! I don't have a problem with him hunting !
Stuart

United States

#21 Apr 20, 2009
Al K Seltzer wrote:
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If you think giving felons guns is common sense then you need to google common sense and stop taking using drugs.
Wow! I bet you really thought that through before you wrote it.Its not a fact of giving guns to just any felon.Its the fact of giving a person a second chance at life after they have shown they can be responsible.I would rather them apply and be legal than your way of having the repeat offenders out there hiding and having them unknowingly.How many times have we read in here another charge for felon in posession of a gun? Not to mention you are talking twenty years of no offenses.keep taking your drugs that felons are afraid of getting caught with one and that plan is working,cause its not.
Truth

Candler, NC

#22 Apr 20, 2009
thats the last thing we need felons in the woods with guns

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