Gun rights expansion for ex-felons
Non-violent ex-felons may soon be able to own and carry firearms in Alaska.
Created:04/10/2010 07:59:06 PM PDT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Non-violent ex-felons may soon be able to own and carry firearms in Alaska.
Saturday afternoon, the State House unanimously passed a bill to restore gun rights for some non-violent felons.
Under current state law, anyone convicted of a felony must wait 10 years before they are legally allowed to own certain types of guns.
For example after a decade, an ex-felon can own a rifle, but not a handgun. They are also prohibited from carrying a concealed weapon.
According to federal law, gun ownership for ex-felons is very clear—after 10 years, they are either allowed to own any type of gun or none at all.
The fact that state law allows certain types of gun ownership after a 10-year period conflicts with federal law, says Fairbanks Rep. Jay Ramras.
He says, after 10 years convicted felons should have the right to own any type of gun or be denied altogether the right to have any guns at all.
"This change to Alaska law applies only to those who perhaps a 58-year-old male or female who committed a felony when they were 18 years old," said Ramras. "So for 40 years they have been prohibited from carrying a firearm."
The bill passed with 38 votes in favor and now moves to the Senate.