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    Gun rights expansion for ex-felons
    Non-violent ex-felons may soon be able to own and carry firearms in Alaska.
    Corey Allen-Young
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    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.

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    Re: Gun rights expansion for ex-felons

    OK with me.

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    Works for me of course I belive every one has the right even the crazy ones I mean mason has them at least till FXW takes them
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    if you learned your lesson, and haven't made any waves after 10 years then why not? most people of average intelligence will learn from their mistakes.
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    Re: Gun rights expansion for ex-felons

    Quote Originally Posted by Americangirl01 View Post
    Gun rights expansion for ex-felons
    Non-violent ex-felons may soon be able to own and carry firearms in Alaska.
    Corey Allen-Young
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    Created:04/10/2010 07:59:06 PM PDT ...
    If passed as stated above, I've got no problem with it.
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    Re: Gun rights expansion for ex-felons

    Fine with me, as long as they can pass an eye exam.

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    Re: Gun rights expansion for ex-felons

    I'm sure that there won't be too many states that follow this example. Maybe all the felons will move to Alaska now.

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    So I am more confused. If the federal law says no ex-felon can have any gun unless civil rights restored by the state then how can any legislation on the state level allow an ex-felon to go to Walmart for example and purchase a firearm an pass the Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms background check.

    In addition, I was convicted of a felony in 1988. It has been more that 10 years since my "unconditional discharge". Can I legally own a gun in Alaska or not. I am not talking about concealed weapons because I have no use for one. I am speaking only of a rifle or shotgun for hunting or protection from wildlife.

    My felony was a crime against a person that did not involve a weapon. So where do I stand. Thanks

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    Re: Gun rights expansion for ex-felons

    Quote Originally Posted by lv2plyguitar View Post
    So I am more confused. If the federal law says no ex-felon can have any gun unless civil rights restored by the state then how can any legislation on the state level allow an ex-felon to go to Walmart for example and purchase a firearm an pass the Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms background check.

    In addition, I was convicted of a felony in 1988. It has been more that 10 years since my "unconditional discharge". Can I legally own a gun in Alaska or not. I am not talking about concealed weapons because I have no use for one. I am speaking only of a rifle or shotgun for hunting or protection from wildlife.

    My felony was a crime against a person that did not involve a weapon. So where do I stand. Thanks
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    As smart as we are, and that borders on near supergenius, I suggest a lawyer in your state would be the person to ask.
    The federal and state laws tend to contradict each other in this area and it is a confusing mess.
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    Re: Gun rights expansion for ex-felons

    Quote Originally Posted by PHMadness View Post
    Welcome to Bersa Chat.

    As smart as we are, and that borders on near supergenius, I suggest a lawyer in your state would be the person to ask.
    The federal and state laws tend to contradict each other in this area and it is a confusing mess.
    I agree. It depends on your state laws. For example, in Texas, a convicted felon can have a gun in the home if it has been more than 5 years since being released from incarceration or supervision.

    46.04. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREARM. (a) A person
    who has been convicted of a felony commits an offense if he
    possesses a firearm:
    (1) after conviction and before the fifth anniversary
    of the person's release from confinement following conviction of
    the felony or the person's release from supervision under community
    supervision, parole, or mandatory supervision, whichever date is
    later; or
    (2) after the period described by Subdivision (1), at
    any location other than the premises at which the person lives.
    (b) A person who has been convicted of an offense under
    Section 22.01, punishable as a Class A misdemeanor and involving a
    member of the person's family or household, commits an offense if
    the person possesses a firearm before the fifth anniversary of the
    later of:
    (1) the date of the person's release from confinement
    following conviction of the misdemeanor; or
    (2) the date of the person's release from community
    supervision following conviction of the misdemeanor.
    (c) A person, other than a peace officer, as defined by
    Section 1.07, actively engaged in employment as a sworn, full-time
    paid employee of a state agency or political subdivision, who is
    subject to an order issued under Section 6.504 or Chapter 85, Family
    Code, under Article 17.292 or Chapter 7A, Code of Criminal
    Procedure, or by another jurisdiction as provided by Chapter 88,
    Family Code, commits an offense if the person possesses a firearm
    after receiving notice of the order and before expiration of the
    order.
    (d) In this section, "family," "household," and "member of a
    household" have the meanings assigned by Chapter 71, Family Code.
    (e) An offense under Subsection (a) is a felony of the third
    degree. An offense under Subsection (b) or (c) is a Class A
    misdemeanor.

    Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 883, ch. 399, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974.
    Renumbered from V.T.C.A., Penal Code § 46.05 and amended by Acts
    1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, § 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994. Amended by
    Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 23, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003,
    78th Leg., ch. 836, § 4, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.
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