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Felons and the Right to Bear Arms

Once someone who has committed a felony has paid for his or her crime, should that person's legal rights be restored? Should it include all of their rights or just some of them? Does it make a difference if that right is an inalienable right?

Does it make a difference based on what type of felony was committed? What if it were a "white collar" crime?

The right to bear arms gives us the right to defend ourselves with weapons and by using deadly force if it's necessary. How do we justify taking away a Constitutionally protected right to defend one's self, because that person was convicted of a crime, especially when we know that innocent people go to jail every day? Even if they were guilty, everyone makes mistakes. Not every former felon is a monster.

If the bad guys that plead down to a misdemeanor can still get a , or those who don't abide by the law can still get an illegal gun, the former convict that wants to stay within the law is just up a creek if one of those guys shows up at his door.

My post was inspired by a post written by SoundNFury , found here:

As noted, criminals who want guns are going to get them anyway. Isn't it better if they have to jump through hoops to get a one and if there is a paper trail?

I love a good debate, so let's have one.

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Soonerdad3 wrote on March 4, 2015, 8:22 PM

I am a staunch supporter of the right to bear arms along with all of our other rights as American citizens, but I do believe that once convicted of a felony, you give up the right to own a gun.

MelissaE wrote on March 4, 2015, 8:46 PM

I am leery of taking away anyone's rights for anything...guns, marriage, abortion. Do felons get to vote? I know this is not really an answer; I guess I really don't know.

thisnthat wrote on March 4, 2015, 8:54 PM

No, they don't actually. I'm not sure I agree with that one either, but the right to bear arms is in the bill of rights, and since it also concerns the ability to defend your life, it bothers me more.

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Soonerdad3 wrote on March 4, 2015, 9:04 PM

MelissaE Marriage is not a right it is in fact a privilege, much like a drivers license.

Soonerdad3 wrote on March 4, 2015, 9:06 PM

I can pretty much guaranty if it comes down to protecting ones family it will not matter if it is legal or not for a felon to possess a gun.

SoundNFury wrote on March 4, 2015, 9:15 PM

I also believe a person has a right to own a gun, but they give up that right when they commit a felony....Maybe there can be exceptions made with non-violent offenses. And perhaps, there can be a period of time (let's say 10 years) that the restriction expires.

Soonerdad3 wrote on March 4, 2015, 9:20 PM

I would be willing to concede on the permanent ban, but I would say the time period would have to be at least 10 years

thisnthat wrote on March 4, 2015, 9:28 PM

Thanks for the comments. It is really exciting to see that people here can discuss sensitive subjects and be so open and reasonable. Thanks again.

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wolfgirl569 wrote on March 4, 2015, 11:18 PM

I think only the ones wanting to live right would legally apply for them anyways. The ones wanting a weapon for a crime are still going to get it off the street and quicker than I can legally. So I dont think it would be a problem to let them own guns legally. It might even give a better idea of who to keep a close eye on when they get out of jail.

crowntower wrote on March 5, 2015, 7:13 AM

I don't know many of those who had paid their sentences in jail and gets out they are still bad and harmful to people. So that is why I guess the people's heart are divided. it is okay to forgive, but to trust is another thing, It should be gain... their rights should be gain to make sure that they are not harmful.