So do ex-felons deserve all their rights back…

…or just the right to vote?

I can certainly understand where Leonard Pitts is coming from vis-a-vis the injustices of the War on Drugs. And I will agree that Kemba Smith certainly got a bad deal all the way around. But I still find myself wondering if Pitts would stand up for Smith if she went to petition for the restoration of her right to keep and bear arms. After all, as you might remember, convicted felons can’t own guns. Not only that, but the ATF has been prohibited from acting on applications for restoration of gun rights to convicted felons since 1992.

And let’s face it — if the War on Drugs is a racist strategy, so is gun control in general. As Mr. Kloos says:

“Remember: a vote for drug prohibition is a vote for gun control.  Without illicit substance turf wars, we wouldn’t even have NFA ’34, GCA ’68, or the 1994 Crime Bill.  We wouldn’t have asset forfeiture, RICO, or any of the many other onerous laws that shackle our movements and make a mockery of the Bill of Rights.”

Of course, judging from Pitts’ previous works, I think I already know the answer to my question.




5 Responses to “So do ex-felons deserve all their rights back…”

  1. BobG Says:

    Seems to me if someone was convicted on a non-violent felony, and served their time, I don’t see why they should not get their right to vote and RKBA reinstated.
    Just my opinion.

  2. Dwight Brown Says:

    I’ve asked this question before, and never really gotten what I think is a good answer:

    Where does the authority to deny the right to vote, or the right to own guns, come from? I see nothing in the Constitution that gives the government the right to revoke either of those rights; possibly “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors” could be construed as allowing the states to revoke voting rights for felons, but I find that a bit of a stretch. I find nothing in the Constitution that allows the revocation of felon’s rights once they’ve finished their term.

    And if we’re going to deny felons the right to keep and bear arms, what’s to stop us from revoking their free speech rights? Or barring them from practicing certain religions? Or even revoking their 4th, 5th, and 6th amendment rights?

    • southtexaspistolero Says:

      Those are all very, VERY good questions. I would guess that there is indeed nothing in the Constitution that allows for that. But after the various & sundry unconstitutional laws that have been passed over the years, I would guess the feds saw the RKBA being revoked for felons as low-hanging fruit.

    • Sabra Morse Onstott Says:

      There is no Constitutional authority to do those things. But there is no Constitutional right to vote, either. Interesting that felons can have the non-Constitutional right restored without too much fuss.

  3. extexanwannabe Says:

    Think about it…while on probation or parole, a convicted felon cannot:

    Purchase, own, or be in possession of a firearm or ammunition
    Leave the county without permission.
    Serve on a jury.

    Upon the end of parole or probation all rights are restored except:

    Purchasing, owning, being in possession of a firearm or ammunition; and serving on a jury.

    Other than that, they are free, like you and I.
    It is what it is.

    At least, until 2004, a felon could own a rifle or shotgun to protect his home…not any more.
    Felons are treated like garbage to be disposed of by the feds.
    No, the feds will never restore gun rights to felons; after all, it is the current administration’s goal to erode the right of citizens to own firearms.

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