Welcome to the Prison Talk Online Community! Take a Minute and Sign Up Today!

Go Back   Prison Talk > RESOURCE CENTER > Prison & Criminal Legal Help!
Register Entertainment FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Prison & Criminal Legal Help! Ask questions, get opinions, and find resources on dealing with criminal justice legal issues, appeals, and more..

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-04-2016, 03:30 AM
Nickel Timer's Avatar
Nickel Timer Nickel Timer is offline
Off-Paper Since 2009
Donation Award 

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Idaho, USA
Posts: 1,795
Thanks: 1,311
Thanked 2,905 Times in 1,136 Posts
Question Felon Restoration of Firearm Rights WITHOUT Getting a Pardon

I just stumbled across a very interesting development here in Idaho... apparently the Commission of Pardons and Parole is now entertaining applications for Restoration of Firearm Rights for state felons, separate from the normal Pardon application process, which used to be the only avenue state felons had to seek relief from their firearms disability.


I already tried going through the normal pardon application process as soon as I was eligible (3 years after topping out, off-paper), and was denied, of course, since pardons are so rarely granted anyway, usually only for minor crimes, and often times only decades after one's conviction, assuming a totally clean record since.

But I'm wondering if this new process might be less rigorous, less likely to be denied, since you aren't seeking a full redress of your criminal history, but rather just restoration of your remaining civil rights? (Here in Idaho, all felons get all their other civil rights, including right to vote and serve on jury duty automatically restored upon completion of their entire sentence, including any probation/parole. I just got summoned for jury duty myself a couple months ago, and haven't missed an election since I topped out.)

Does anyone know if any other states offer this option to ex-cons who have completed their entire sentence? I'm wondering if this is something our state legislature may have recently passed, as this is the first I've heard of it myself... we are a pretty pro-Second Amendment state, yet granting ANY relief to former criminals is usually anathema to conservatives who dominate our legislature, so I'm kind of surprised, to say the least.

(Note, none of this applies to federal felons, who are still currently barred from getting their firearms rights restored short of a presidential pardon due to lack of ATF funding for relief applications. See: https://www.atf.gov/firearms/qa/ther...s-firearms-and )
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Nickel Timer For This Useful Post:
fbopnomore (07-04-2016)
Sponsored Links
Old 07-04-2016, 09:49 AM
patchouli's Avatar
patchouli patchouli is offline
PTO Administrator

PTOQ Editorial Team Member Staff Superstar Two Time Winner Staff Superstar Winner 

Donation Award 

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 39,064
Thanks: 39,471
Thanked 32,359 Times in 14,863 Posts

I came across the following article this morning about felons & gun ownership in Virginia:

In Virginia, felon voting rights mean simpler path to gun ownership

RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s order last month restoringthe voting rights of 206,000 felons had an unintended consequence: It’s now easier for those ex-offenders to regain the right to own guns.
Before the order, felons who wanted to legally possess firearms first had to go through the process of having their civil rights reinstated, including the right to vote, to sit on a jury and to run for office.
That process — which involved submitting forms that were scrutinized by the secretary of the commonwealth’s staff, using the governor’s authority — is no longer in place.

Read the entire article HERE.

We'll just have to wait for the dust to clear before the know the end of the story

Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Felon w/ a firearm Addicted_one Texas Prison and Jail Visitation, Phones, Packages & Mail 1 09-24-2013 07:35 PM
Possession of firearm by felon! _Lovealways Prison & Criminal Legal Help! 2 04-23-2013 06:53 PM
Senate approves bill easing restoration of ex-felon rights Dointimetoo Nevada Prison & Legal News, Info & Events 0 05-31-2011 11:02 PM
Can you be charged with this Convicted Felon with a firearm, no firearm found!?! BrandiGarnto Georgia General Prison Talk, Introductions & Chit Chat 14 08-29-2009 07:39 AM
felon in possesion of firearm ojitosbtch Prison & Criminal Legal Help! 5 09-26-2008 12:16 AM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:32 PM.
Copyright © 2001- 2017 Prison Talk Online
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Website Design & Custom vBulletin Skins by: Relivo Media
Message Board Statistics