Tennessee lawmaker wants voting rights restored to convicted felons  WTVCNASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - A Tennessee lawmaker is pushing for restored voting rights for convicted felons. Sen. Brenda Gilmore (D-Nashville) is sponsoring ...

Push to restore felon voting rights in Minnesota gains momentum, key supporters  Star TribuneMinnesota is one of 22 states where felons cannot vote until they complete post-incarceration supervision. The change could affect as many as 60000 on ...

Advocates push to restore voting rights for convicts in and out of prison  NJTV NewsThere was overwhelming support for a bill that would restore the voting rights of felons who are currently incarcerated and on probation or parole.

Part III: The Current State of Laws Regarding Mental Illness and Guns  Heritage.orgContrary to popular narratives espoused in the aftermath of tragic events involving both firearms and mentally ill persons,

Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government.  Florida PoliticsSixty Days — A prime-time look at the 2019 Legislative Session. The Last 24. Good Thursday evening. How do elections officials know which ex-cons to allow as ...

Democrats Are Newly Emboldened on Gun Control  The AtlanticExit polls in November showed that 59 percent of voters in House races favored “stricter gun-control measures.”

The Schultz Perspective | Opinion  Blair Enterprise PublishingRestoring felons voting rights. An issue that has gained traction in recent years has now become part of the political discussion in Iowa. Restoration of voting ...

Behind Scott's Cuomo-trolling — Shutdown hurt Maria recovery — Stone vs. CNN — The nation remembers #Parkland  PoliticoGood Friday morning. And hello Sen. Rick Scott. Remember him? After heading to Washington, Scott's experiencing the downsizing in coverage that comes with ...

'A new era on guns:' Gun-safety groups look to 2020 a year after Parkland  KRTV Great Falls NewsNearly a year after a gunman massacred 17 students and staffers at a Parkland, Florida, high school, the political landscape on guns has shifted. Dozens of ...

Montgomery County lawyer again denied restoration of gun rights  Roanoke TimesCHRISTIANSBURG — Longtime New River Valley lawyer Joseph Graham Painter again battled his own history — or at least an interpretation of that history ...

Bill to expand public shooting ranges moving in Congress  Guns.comA bipartisan measure in the U.S. Senate that could see the number of shooting ranges available on public land expanded is gaining steam.

Short meeting with Gov. Bevin wasn't enough for problems of the poor  Courier JournalThe Kentucky Poor People's Campaign plans to continue meeting with Gov. Matt Bevin about issues like health care, felon voting rights and education.

Ruling Clarifies That Some White-Collar Felons Can Possess A Firearm  ForbesMost people assume that white collar offenders, like many other federal offenders, cannot possess a firearm as a result of a conviction. A new ruling brings to ...

Ron DeSantis defends Job Growth Grant Fund spending  Florida PoliticsGov. Ron DeSantis is continuing the $85 million Job Growth Grant Fund started by his predecessor. At least for this year.

Federal Lawsuit Seeks to Restore Individuals' Firearms Rights in State of California  GlobeNewswireSan Francisco, CA, Dec. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Attorneys for two individual California residents and five constitutional rights advocacy groups filed a ...

Amendment 4 will give felons their lives back, and save the rest of us money  Miami HeraldFlorida's 13 million voters have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help convicted felons who have paid their debt to society earn the right to vote, and a second ...

‘A joyous day’ ahead as 1.4 million Florida ex-felons have voting rights restored  Washington PostSARASOTA — One of the largest enfranchisements of U.S. citizens in the past century begins Tuesday in Florida, and many of the more than 1.4 million ...

State Supreme Court clarifies when felons can regain gun rights  Q13 News SeattleOLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — People in Washington state who want to have their gun rights restored after a felony conviction must be crime-free for five years, but it ...

12 years after felony conviction, man convinces Deschutes judge to restore gun rights  Bend BulletinA convicted felon from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, traveled to Bend earlier this month and convinced a Deschutes County Circuit Court judge to restore his gun rights.

Amendment 4 will save taxpayer money and give felons a second chance | Opinion  Tallahassee.comFlorida's 13 million voters have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help convicted felons who have paid their debt to society earn the right to vote, and to a ...

Florida Passes Amendment 4, Will Automatically Restore Right To Vote For Felons  WLRNA constitutional amendment that would restore the right for former felons to vote in Florida passed. Amendment 4 needed at least 60 percent of votes to.

Florida Amendment 4: midterm election voters decide on ex-felons’ right to vote  Vox.comAmendment 4 will let Florida voters restore voting rights for ex-felons.

Not all felons lose their gun rights  Coldwater Daily ReporterCOLDWATER — Branch County Prosecutor Ralph Kimble said with the start of firearm deer season, his office has been questioned about convicted felons using ...

Amendment 4 gives felons a second chance and saves Florida money | Opinion  Florida TodayData proves that the vast majority of felons who get their voting and other civil rights back do not commit new crimes.

Nonviolent Felons Shouldn't Lose Their Second Amendment Rights  Cato InstituteIn 1989, Larry Hatfield fudged his employment records to get some extra money from the Railroad Retirement Board. He was caught and pled guilty to the ...

Voting rights: how I restored my voting rights after a felony conviction  Vox.com17 million Americans have a past felony conviction and are eligible to register to vote right now. Many of them don't know this. Until very recently, I was one of ...

State Justices Clarify When Felons Can Regain Gun Rights  U.S. News & World ReportOLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — People in Washington state who want to have their gun rights restored after a felony conviction must be crime-free for five years, but it ...

Amendment 4 takes effect Jan. 8 in Florida; restores voting rights to former felons  TCPalmApproved by more than 60 percent of voters Nov. 6, Amendment 4 restores voting rights to ex-felons who served their sentence.

40 Florida Ex-Felons Get Civil Rights Restored At Clemency Board Meeting  WUFTForty ex-felons had their civil rights restored at Florida's Executive Clemency Board meeting Thursday. It was the first Executive Clemency Board meeting to ...

Amendment 4 on 2018 Florida ballot is about voting rights  Bradenton HeraldAmendment 4 on the Election 2018 ballot in Florida would restore voting rights to former felons who have completed their sentences. It would not apply to people ...

California Says Residents With Vacated Out-of-State Convictions May Not Own Guns - Hit & Run : Reason.com  ReasonA federal lawsuit says the state is violating the Second Amendment by refusing to recognize the restoration of firearm rights by courts in other states.

Florida ballot measure looks to restore felon voting rights  Fox NewsMore than 1.5 million Florida residents are barred from voting in state elections for the rest of their lives, because of a tough law that permanently revokes voting ...

Florida’s felon disenfranchisement system under intense national glare  Tampa Bay TimesTALLAHASSEE –For only the third time this year — but this time under a withering national media glare — Florida's highest elected officials sat in judgment ...

Inside the Unlikely Movement That Could Restore Voting Rights to 1.4 Million Floridians  Mother JonesOn a muggy August day in 2005, Desmond Meade stood in front of the railroad tracks north of downtown Miami and prepared to take his life. He'd been released ...

Former Warren County jailer denied right to own guns  The Winchester StarWINCHESTER — An ex-Warren County jail corrections officer convicted on assault, gun, and intent to maim charges in 2012 failed on Wednesday in Frederick ...

Florida Felons Want Their Voting Rights Restored  The AtlanticA ballot amendment in the November election could restore voting rights to 1.5 million felons in Florida, one of just three states that permanently bars felons from ...

As Florida Works to Restore Felons\' Voting Rights, Confusion Clouds the Process  GoverningBy Zac Anderson. Florida is on the precipice of a massive voter enfranchisement and there is considerable confusion among elections officials about how the ...

Here's what you haven't heard about restoring ex-felons' voting rights: Analysis  Orlando SentinelThe analysis "Civil Rights Restoration in Florida and Amendment 4" addresses some of the glaring gaps in the public discourse on ex-felons' rights and more.

In Florida, getting back civil rights means groveling to politicians  Orlando SentinelLast month, while trying to decide whether to restore a Florida man's right to vote — a right the man lost when convicted of a crime more than a decade ago ...

Gun laws in 2018 - NMGDB  NewsdayThe 2018 Valentine's Day shooting that killed 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida prompted students and ...

Amendment 4 Passed. Will It Actually Get Implemented?  WLRNOn Tuesday, Florida voters passed Amendment 4 with over 64 percent of the vote. The passage of the citizen- driven initiative will grant the right to vote.

After getting his own pardon, Gainesville man helps others restore their rights  Gainesville TimesRecently sober, and after seeing his daughter at Duke University, Earnest Mason knew he needed to make a change in 2000 to expand his opportunities.

Congress Tries Again To Restore Gun Rights To Veterans With Caretakers  Task & PurposeA group of bipartisan senators want to reverse a longstanding federal policy that prevents veterans from owning firearms if someone else is handling their ...

New Florida bill could help those with convictions restore voting and gun rights  Florida Times-UnionState Rep. Cord Byrd has filed a bill that allows those who've completed prison and probation sentences for felonies to seek to have their voting and gun rights ...

Amendment 4 will save taxpayers, give felons second chance: Guestview  Pensacola News JournalFlorida voters have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help convicted felons who have paid their debt to society be given a second chance.

Will Florida’s Ex-Felons Finally Regain the Right to Vote?  The New York TimesA referendum on the November ballot in Florida would re-enfranchise 1.5 million citizens — and could change the state's electorate.

Republican, Democrat team up to restore voting and firearm rights to Iowa's felons  Des Moines RegisterA Democrat and a Republican have teamed up to try to restore voting and firearms rights to Iowa felons.

Florida gives more than 1 million people their voting rights back  NBCNews.comFlorida's Amendment 4 passed on Tuesday night; advocates estimate it could give 1.5 million people their voting rights back.

Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe aims to unseat Democratic prosecutor who opposed him on felon rights  Washington PostAt a fundraiser, McAuliffe said he would support Parisa Tafti over Theo Stamos in the race for Arlington commonwealth's attorney.

No guns for longtime Montgomery County attorney Joe Painter  Roanoke TimesCHRISTIANSBURG — Veteran attorney Joseph Graham Painter lost his bid to have his firearms rights restored Thursday, and also was unable to get a ruling ...

Gillespie goes after Northam with TV ad on felon rights restoration  The Washington PostRICHMOND — Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie on Monday launched a TV ad claiming that Democrat Ralph Northam made it easier for violent ...

Cuomo Plans to Restore Voting Rights to Paroled Felons  The New York TimesALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he intends to restore voting rights to felons on parole, a move that could open the ballot box ...

Louisiana Secretary of State: More people may get voting rights restored than originally thought  NOLA.comRepublican Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin agrees that a new law restoring voting rights to people convicted of felonies may affect more people than originally ...

Federal Judge Restores Non-Violent Offender’s Gun Rights Following Landmark Case  Washington Free BeaconA federal judge determined misdemeanor DUI convictions were not serious enough to justify lifelong restriction of Second Amendment rights.

The Second(-Class) Amendment  National ReviewThe Second Amendment rights granted under Heller deserve the same vigorous follow-up and support from the Supreme Court that it gave integration after ...

Appeals Court Weighs Restoration of Felons' Rights | Daily Business Review  Law.comYraida Guanipa a Miami consultant stood outside the federal appeals court Wednesday morning in downtown Atlanta dressed in a bright orange scarf…

Florida felon voting rights: Who got theirs back under Scott?  Palm Beach PostThe governor restored rights to the lowest percentage of blacks, highest percentage of Republicans in 50 years, The Post found. Howard Lee Lockett brought his ...

Florida may restore voting rights to some felony offenders  PBS NewsHourThis Election Day, more than six million Americans will be unable to vote due to a felony conviction. A quarter of those people live in Florida, which has some of ...

How will federal appeals court rule on Florida felon voting rights case?  Bradenton HeraldA three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta heard arguments Wednesday in the case that challenges Florida's clemency process and ...

9 Investigates: Despite amendment, state takes 'pause' on restoring rights to felons  WFTV OrlandoAmendment 4, the automatic restoration of voting rights to felons, was approved by 64.5 percent of Florida voters. However, state leaders might not be ready to ...

Felons can get advice on restoring civil rights at free Tucson clinic  Arizona Daily StarProfessionals will offer advice on restoring rights, setting aside convictions.

Miami Archbishop Wenski: Vote for Amendment 4 to restore ex-felons voting rights  Miami HeraldAmendment 4 allows for the automatic restoration of a felon's voting rights (with exceptions for those convicted of murder or felony sexual offenses) after ...

Federal judge orders Rick Scott, Cabinet to create new voting rights restoration system for felons by April 26  Tampabay.comA judge on Tuesday ordered Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet to dismantle Florida's "fatally flawed" system of arbitrarily restoring voting rights to felons and to ...

Are people talking about guns in the midterms? They are in this Florida race  Bradenton HeraldAfter the Parkland shooting, it was expected that gun-control would be a prominent theme in Florida's midterm election. The issue seems to have fallen by the ...

Old Florida Clemency System Was Unconstitutional, Racially Biased  NPRMore than a million felons will be able to vote in Florida. Previously, the system lacked 'any constraints, guidelines, or standards' for restoring voting rights, ...

John Legend visits Orlando to push for restoring felon voting rights  Orlando WeeklyAward-winning singer, songwriter and actor John Legend, along with the founders of the Orlando-based Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, gave students at ...

In Virginia, felon voting rights mean simpler path to gun ownership  Washington PostRICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe's order last month restoring the voting rights of 206,000 felons had an unintended consequence: It's now easier for those ...

New Bill Would Allow Florida Felons to Own Guns  NBC 6 South FloridaA new bill filed earlier this month could make it easier for convicted felons to have their voting and gun rights restored. The bill, HB 903, was filed on Dec.

Are Republicans trying to allow convicted felons to own guns?  PolitiFactRep. José Serrano, D-Bronx, said legislation he's against would allow convicted felons to own guns. That's not allowed under federal law for most people with a ...

The case against Amendment 4 on felon voting rights | Opinion  Tallahassee.comThe problem with Amendment 4 is that it perpetuates the discrimination of disenfranchisement against a subclass of ex-felons.

Guest Column: Smoking pot and smoking guns  The Spokesman-ReviewGetting drunk and playing with a gun is a bad idea, as is taking too many pain pills and then deciding to go hunting.

John Legend joins Amendment 4 advocates in Orlando to push for felon rights’ restoration  Tampa Bay TimesORLANDO — When John Legend rolled up to Maynard Evans High School in a black SUV, window down, arm outstretched in a wave, high school students ...

Governor announces intent to grant executive clemency | Public Record  Newton County TimesLITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intent to grant 20 pardons, and 1 restoration of firearm rights only. An additional 20 clemency ...

U.S. top court deals setback to gun control advocates on felon ban  ReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt a blow to gun control advocates by opening the door for some convicted felons to ...

Convicted felons ask for change in Florida's clemency process  WJHG-TVTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS *SERVICE*) - Florida's Clemency process has a July date in Federal court to justify the absence of standards it uses in ...

Florida's process for restoring voting rights to felons ruled unconstitutional  NBCNews.comA federal judge declared Florida's process for restoring voting rights to ex-offenders unconstitutional and called for immediate changes.

Nevada laws on ‘pink tax,’ felons’ rights take effect Tuesday  Las Vegas Review-JournalTwo new laws take effect in Nevada on Tuesday: the voter-approved “pink tax” exemption for feminine hygiene products and a bill from the 2017 Legislature ...

House Democrats Aim to Make Voting Rights a National Priority  New York MagazineAs part of their package of pro-democracy initiatives, House Democrats are proposing a wide range of voting rights guarantees, including restoration of Voting ...

Ex-felons have voting rights restored by Louisiana Legislature  NOLA.comRep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, sponsored a bill to restore voting rights to felons after they have completed their prison sentences. (AP photo/Melinda ...

Amendment 4 is happening: Ex-felons can register to vote Tuesday  Tampa Bay TimesDespite hedging from Florida's Republican leaders, an amendment that allows eligible former felons to register to vote will go into effect on Tuesday, Tampa Bay ...

Family tradition drives Ashley Moody in attorney general’s race  Miami HeraldAshley Moody, a former prosecutor and circuit court judge from a prominent Plant City family, is running against Sean Shaw to win the job of Florida attorney ...

Poll: Most Floridians back measure to restore voting rights for ex-felons | TheHill  The HillA majority of Florida voters support a proposition on the ballot in November that would restore voting rights to convicted felons, a poll released Monday showed.

Felon voting rights law takes effect Tuesday; Sarasota-Manatee elections officials are ready  Sarasota Herald-TribuneMost felons who have completed their sentences will officially become eligible to vote in Florida Tuesday, and many elections officials - including the elections ...

Fight brews over felons’ voting rights in Florida | TheHill  The HillORLANDO, Fla. – When Florida voters approved a sweeping ballot initiative last month to restore the voting rights of some felons, advocates rejoiced in the ...

24 Years Ago She Lost Her Voting Rights For Pushing A Cop. She Just Got Them Back.  HuffPostFelons who have done their time are still forced to wait and wait under Florida's sluggish rights restoration process.

Adam Putnam calls for less onerous felons rights restoration system  Sarasota Herald-TribuneGOP candidate for governor Adam Putnam went around the table, asking a group assembled Tuesday in a conference room at the Sarasota County Jail for ...

Rick Scott restored the voting rights of twice as many white former felons as black felons  Orlando WeeklyDuring his time in office, Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet restored the voting rights of twice as many white former felons compared to black former felons, ...

Does the Second Amendment Protect Only White Gun Owners?  ACLUThe most common refrain from gun rights supporters in the wake of mass shootings or other gun violence is that the best response to a bad guy with a gun is a ...

Gun rights restoration is debated  Coalfield.comWise County prosecutors await a judge's decision on whether Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and Secretary of the Commonwealth Kelly ...

A new Congress could restore the promise of the Voting Rights Act | TheHill  The HillMyrna Pérez says as we mark the anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, its landmark guarantees of free and fair elections have dimmed.

John Legend will rally in Orlando next week for restoring former felons' voting rights  Orlando WeeklyEGOT icon and singer John Legend will be in Orlando next week at a rally organized by a group advocating for restoring voting rights to...

Amendment could restore rights for ex-felons in Florida | Editorial  Sun SentinelFlorida is an outlier when it comes to allowing rights to ex-felons. We are one of three states where ex-felons don't automatically get their rights restored once ...

Long-standing and Presumptively Lawful? Heller's Dicta vs. History and Dicta  Heritage.orgIntroduction: Heller, McDonald, and Felons For more than two centuries after the Constitution's ratification, the Supreme Court of the United States largely ...