Restoring gun rights to felons in Washington State

Washington State Senate unanimously passes bill to restore the right to own a gun to felons:

"A petition shall be granted if the person meets all requirements of this section for restoration of the right to possess a firearm and the petition."

Information provided to me by a mole in the Washington Senate.



Anonymous DonWorsham said...

On my first read-through, I didn't find anything "bad" in the law. I'm not a lawyer and the wording "could" throw me off.

Is there someting specific in the text to show this is a "bad" law?

2/16/2008 9:59 AM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Dear Don:

No, I don't think that this is a "bad" law at all. I actually think that it is an unusual example of some consistency by Democrats in that they have moved in 20 some states to restore voting rights to felons, and this is the first case that I know of where they have voted (but not yet passed) a somewhat similar measure for being able to own a gun.

2/16/2008 10:07 AM  
Anonymous deMontjoie said...

I agree that this seems to be a good law, although I suspect that the Democratic lawmakers are supporting it for all the wrong reasons (which makes me want to read it in greater detail for any poisonour loopholes).

Once a criminal is released from prison and off of probation, he/she should be considered as a full-fledged citizen of the USA, with ALL associated rights, responsibilities, and obligations. This includes those rights documented in the 2nd Amendment.

From a more practical standpoint, it is all but impossible to keep firearms out of the hands of free people who want them and are willing to disregard the law. Therefore, if we are unable/unwilling to trust a specific criminal with a firearm, then we should keep them in prison and refuse to set them free until they CAN be trusted with that right/responsibility.

2/16/2008 3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who has read Dr. Lott's book knows that virtually all convicted felons vote for Democrats.

It should spur serious questions about why that is the case.

Why don't the Dems restore their right to bear arms too? (Sarcasm intended).

2/17/2008 8:49 PM  

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