'Good cause shown' in gun rights restoration case  Virginia Lawyers WeeklyPetitioner, a convicted felon whose civil rights have been restored, will have his right to possess firearms and ammunition reinstated because he has met Code ...

‘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 ...

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.

Gun Groups Sue California Over Human Rights Restoration Refusal  AmmoLand Shooting Sports NewsThe Second Amendment Foundation and four other rights groups have joined in a lawsuit against the State of California for preventing individuals from ...

Reynolds: Time is now for Iowa to build on accomplishments  Cherokee Tribune Ledger NewsDES MOINES — After the Iowa Legislature made back-to-back midyear budget cuts, Gov. Kim Reynolds proposed Tuesday to loosen the purse strings a little ...

Despite ban, NH lawmakers say they will continue to carry guns in the State House  Concord MonitorA group of Republican state representatives are vowing to disobey a new rule banning firearms on the House floor, calling it “illegitimate” and dangerous.

Feinstein’s Scattershot Anti-Gun Bill Badly Misses the Mark  Daily SignalDemocrats promised that if they retook control of the House, gun control would be a top priority. They have wasted little time in seeking to restrict the rights of ...

Ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts appealed by US  The Seattle TimesBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. government attorneys filed notice Friday that they are appealing a court ruling that blocked the first public hunts of grizzly bears in ...

Women's Wave  Folio WeeklyIt's Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2017, and attorney Emma Collum is helping to coordinate the more than 27,000 women who had taken buses north from all over ...

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 ...

“This Is What Democracy Is All About”: Florida Ex-Felons Can Finally Register to Vote  Mother JonesOn Tuesday morning, Desmond Meade went down to the the Orange County elections office in Orlando, Florida, and registered to vote for the first time in ...

Georgia Republicans refocus on pocketbook issues after suburban losses  Atlanta Journal ConstitutionWeeks after Georgia Republicans suffered a wave of defeats across metro Atlanta, the party's leaders are promising to focus on pocketbook issues rather than ...

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 ...

Phillip Tutor: Rep. Rogers' odd obsession with the U.N.  Anniston StarLast week, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers again took the oath of office and was sworn in for another session of Congress. Afterward, his staff emailed a newsletter, The ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

California DOJ Issues Information Bulletin Highlighting New and Amended 2019 Firearms Laws  EastCountyTodayThe California Department of Justice Thursday issued an information bulletin to all California law enforcement agencies, firearms dealers, manufacturers and ...

Trump administration appeals ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts around Yellowstone  NBCNews.comU.S. government attorneys filed notice Friday that they are appealing a court ruling that blocked the first public hunts of grizzly bears in the Northern Rockies in ...

Florida Amendment 4 results: ex-felon voting rights restored via ballot initiative  Vox.comFlorida voters during Tuesday's midterm elections approved Amendment 4, automatically restoring voting rights in the state for people previously convicted of ...

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.

Vote for Amendment 4 and restore felons' voting rights  The News-PressCalled the “Voting Restoration Amendment,” a proposed constitutional amendment will grant most of the 1.7 million convicted felons the right to vote.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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’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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Confusion, Potential Delays as Florida Prepares to Restore Voting Rights to Felons  Next CityFlorida's Amendment 4, which restores voting rights for felons who've served their time, takes effect January 8. But elections supervisors say they've received ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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…

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 ...

Confusion clouds restoration of Florida felons' voting rights  Tampa Bay TimesSARASOTA — Florida voters spoke clearly four weeks ago: They restored the right to vote to most convicted felons who complete their sentences. When it ...

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

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.

State fights ruling on rights restoration  Tallahassee.comThe state continued battling a judge's ruling that would require it to overhaul the controversial process for restoring ex-felons' voting rights.

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 ...

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'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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Locked out: Critics say it's time to end Kentucky's ban on felon voting  Courier JournalFlorida's vote to automatically restore voting rights to most felons left Kentucky as one of the last states to permanently bar felons from 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

How Letting Felons Vote Is Changing Virginia  The AtlanticUnder Governor Terry McAuliffe, the state embarked on a campaign to grant clemency more often, and to restore the civil rights of convicted felons. Vann R.

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 ...

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 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...

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 ...

This man was granted a pardon. Most others remain in civil-rights limbo.  Bradenton HeraldDozens of people who lost the right to vote in long-ago felony convictions remain in limbo because a federal judge has struck down Florida's civil rights ...

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 ...

Florida ordered to create new voting rights restoration system for felons  Orlando WeeklyOn Tuesday, calling it a “fatally flawed” system, a federal judge ordered Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet to revise the state's method in restoring voting rights to ...

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.

Florida officials say state should control process for restoring felons' voting rights  Orlando WeeklyFlorida could permanently do away with the restoration of civil rights —- including the right to vote —- for ex-felons in response to a federal...

The Rise of the Victims’-Rights Movement  The New YorkerJill Lepore on how a conservative agenda and a feminist cause came together to transform criminal justice.

Missouri Supreme Court rules preventing felon gun ownership constitutional  Columbia MissourianJEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri law preventing gun ownership by felons does not violate constitutional rights, according to a Missouri Supreme Court decision ...

Phelps: He's no gun-grabber  The Daily AdvanceSunday, July 29, 2018. Democratic state Senate candidate D. Cole Phelps said last week that contrary to state Republicans' false characterization of him, ...

Louisiana's ex-felons closer to having their voting rights restored  NOLA.comThe proposal would allow someone on probation or parole for a felony to register to vote after being out of prison for five years.

Iowa shortens application for pardon, restoring firearm rights  DesMoinesRegister.comIowa has shortened the application form for a person with a criminal conviction who wants to request a pardon from the governor or have his or her firearm rights ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Another Opinion: This fall, restore felons' right to vote  Daily CommercialMany supporters, myself included, of Amendment 4 (Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative), for felons who have served their sentences, were deeply ...

Kent State security fee for gun-rights event prompts lawsuit  News-Herald.comCLEVELAND — A conservative advocacy group suing Kent State University officials argues the Ohio school is impeding free speech with a $1800 fee to provide ...

Judge Rules Against Florida’s Felon Voting Rights Restoration Process  Wall Street JournalA federal judge has ruled Florida's process for returning voting rights to people with felony records violates the U.S. Constitution, advancing another fight against ...

Florida Clemency Board is embarrassing. Let's end it with Amendment 4  Pensacola News JournalAmendment 4 offers a logical solution to an injustice. This is a free fix for a problem that disproportionately punishes black and poor Floridians.

Why can some mentally ill people still buy guns?  Sun SentinelDespite his volatile behavior and mental health treatment, Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooter Nikolas Cruz never met the legal standards that would have ...

How do gun background checks work? A look at the current system  Fox NewsIn the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school earlier this month, President Trump is seemingly open to strengthening federal background checks for ...

Gun background check system riddled with flaws  Allentown Morning CallThe gun background check system is only as good as the data states send to it. Data quality varies state by state.

Florida voters will soon have the chance to abolish the state’s archaic, unconstitutional civil rights restoration process  Orlando WeeklyLong before Jessica Younts sat in a classroom working toward her law degree, she spent seven months in a federal prison camp. At the age of 20, the New ...

Felons' rights proposal goes on November ballot  Tallahassee.comThe amendment would automatically restore voting rights to felons who have served their sentences, completed parole or probation and paid restitution.

Did Marco Rubio say felons should be barred from voting but should get their guns back?  PolitiFactA Facebook meme suggests that U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., believes convicted felons should regain their right to own a gun but not the right to vote.

Gun restrictions won't go on Florida's ballot this November  Orlando WeeklyFloridians won't have an opportunity to decide whether the state should ban semi-automatic weapons —- or to weigh in on other gun-related restrictions —- after ...

Voting rights could be restored to NJ prisoners and people on parole, probation  NorthJersey.comRoughly 94,000 New Jersey residents are prohibited from voting because they are serving prison sentences or are on probation or parole, but that could change ...

Thousands of Florida felons wait decades to regain the right to vote  Miami HeraldFlorida's clemency board, which consists of the governor and three additional Cabinet members, only meets four times a year. They consider fewer than 100 ...

Jeremy Ring: Jimmy Patronis clemency question ‘smacks of racism’  Tampabay.comThe Florida Phoenix reported Thursday that Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis, while sitting on the state Clemency Board last month asked an African-American man ...

Appeals Court Lets Florida Keep Nation’s Worst Policy on Felons’ Voting Rights  SlateFlorida's disenfranchised ex-felons have little hope of casting a ballot in the 2018 election thanks to a last-minute judicial intervention. On Wednesday night, a ...

Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government.  Florida PoliticsA restoration of civil rights bill got an amendment from St. Petersburg Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes that would give convicts the right to own guns after ...

In South Carolina, losing voting rights after a felony conviction not a life sentence  Merced Sun-StarDid you know? South Carolina is one of 21 states which allows former felons to restore their voting rights after serving their entire sentence, including parole ...

The Crusade of Al Sharpton’s Brother  New York MagazineAs Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, Al Sharpton's brother, campaigns to re-enfranchise ex-felons across the South to give them the right to vote, Glasgow faces the ...

Group looks to help Nevada felons regain voting rights  Las Vegas Review-JournalWith the upcoming registration deadline looming, a new organization is encouraging Nevada's felons to push past misinformation and re-securing their right to ...