How do felons get their gun rights reinstated, if they have waited the required seven years? What government agencies do you contact to get the proper forms?

The problem with getting gun rights restored lies not with the states, but with the Federal Government. For that, you can thank Bill Clinton’s Crime Control Act. You remember that one. It’s the law that put 100,00 new cops on the street and ended violent crime.
Firearm possession for felons is prohibited at the Federal level. That means firearms possession by a felon violates Federal law, even if state law permits it. And yes, they will prosecute.
Over ten years ago, a program was approved within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Fireams that allowed a felon to petition to get his gun rights back. However, Congress never actually funded the program and has no plans to do so, so it really doesn’t exist.
This left petitioning in Federal Court as the only possible option to regain your gun rights. Sometime around 2002 (as I recall), the Supreme Court refused to rule on that one. I believe that door has been effectively closed.
I am an ex-felon, and that is only one of the many ways we are pretty much totally screwed.

 

2 Responses to “How does a convicted felon go about having his/her gun rights reinstated?”

  1. Randy says:

    In most, if not all, States an application for reinstatement of rights must be made to the Governor’s office.
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  2. abndave7 says:

    The problem with getting gun rights restored lies not with the states, but with the Federal Government. For that, you can thank Bill Clinton’s Crime Control Act. You remember that one. It’s the law that put 100,00 new cops on the street and ended violent crime.
    Firearm possession for felons is prohibited at the Federal level. That means firearms possession by a felon violates Federal law, even if state law permits it. And yes, they will prosecute.
    Over ten years ago, a program was approved within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Fireams that allowed a felon to petition to get his gun rights back. However, Congress never actually funded the program and has no plans to do so, so it really doesn’t exist.
    This left petitioning in Federal Court as the only possible option to regain your gun rights. Sometime around 2002 (as I recall), the Supreme Court refused to rule on that one. I believe that door has been effectively closed.
    I am an ex-felon, and that is only one of the many ways we are pretty much totally screwed.
    References :

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