Idaho House lawmakers take aim at gun rights measures  Lewiston Morning TribuneBOISE — Gun rights took center stage on the House floor Thursday, while hemp legalization and transportation funding bills moved through committee.

Publisher of Loudoun news website arrested on wire fraud, gun charges  Washington PostThe publisher of the Loudoun Tribune was arrested Thursday night and charged with 11 counts of wire fraud, as well as illegally possessing a gun and lying to ...

Ourth: Gun amendment would add confusing language to Iowa Constitution  Des Moines RegisterState Rep. Scott Ourth represents District 26, which includes much of Warren County.

Legislative Update: Last Gun-Control Bill In the 2019 VA General Assembly Is Gone!  AmmoLand Shooting Sports NewsSB 1321, Hanger's bill that would have banned a provider of Licensed Day Home from having a firearm on their person for self-defense, was DEFEATED by a 6 ...

Media, Gun Control Activists Misfire In Attack on GOP Men in Pearls  InsideSourcesWhat's the deal with the pearls?” That was the question heard at the New Hampshire statehouse Tuesday when a handful of Republican men showed up for a.

Where Beto O’Rourke Stands on the Issues  The New York TimesAs he starts his presidential campaign, here's a look at where Mr. O'Rourke stands on issues like immigration, criminal justice, gun control and health care.

Terry McAuliffe Is Claiming Commonwealth's Attorneys Signed an Amici Curiae Brief Opposing Restoration of Voting Rights to Ex Felons. Let's Take a Closer Look.  Blue VirginiaFormer Gov. Terry McAuliffe, while gearing up for a possible 2020 presidential run, has also been tying up some loose ends from his four years as governor of ...

Bill clarifies state law to ban guns from Arkansans convicted of domestic violence  www.fox16.comThe prohibition already exists under federal law, but the bill's sponsor says there is no way for state or local police to enforce it.

Second Amendment Foundation sues over mental health 'holds' and suspension of gun rights  Washington TimesThe Second Amendment Foundation filed a lawsuit this week in federal court in California on behalf of individuals the gun-rights group says have been ...

Commissioners to hear about noise ordinance  Burlington Times NewsGRAHAM – The Alamance County Board of Commissioners have spent some time over the past few months talking about whether or not the county's noise ...

After Years of New Voting Restrictions, Momentum Swings the Other Way  GoverningSome states are still purging voter rolls and requiring IDs. But most are now looking to expand access to the ballot box.

Voting Rights Act of 1965 may have to be passed again  People's WorldThe March 19 civil rights march across the Alabama River, the start of a 50 mile march to Montgomery, Alabama, with Martin Luther King Jr. waving from the front ...

Judge denies restoration of gun rights to man who has 1976 misdemeanor conviction  PennLiveU.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann Wednesday dismissed the suit of Terry E. Laudenslager of South Williamsport who sought restoration of his right to ...

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 ...

The Court and the Cross  The New York TimesHow far is the Supreme Court willing to open the public square to more overtly religious expression? A pending case may tell us.

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 ...

Exclusive Blue Virginia Interview: Arlington/Falls Church Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos  Blue VirginiaI had a chance to sit down with Arlington/Falls Church Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos yesterday (Friday). See below for a transcript of our conversation, ...

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 ...

‘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 ...

Governor Northam announces civil rights restored to over 10,000 Virginians  WTKR News 3RICHMOND – Governor Ralph Northam says that since he took office, his administration has restored the civil rights of 10,992 Virginians previously convicted of ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Here is every new gun law in the U.S. since the Parkland shooting  Tampa Bay TimesLegislatures around the country have passed dozens of bills to address gun violence in the year since the 17 people died in a mass shooting at Marjory ...

Restoration of voting rights by felons marks shift in Florida | TheHill  The HillMore than 1 million Floridians with felony convictions regained the right to vote on Tuesday, setting in motion a process that carries the potential to reshape ...

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.

Kirsten Gillibrand and the New Faces of Moral Reform  The New YorkerBenjamin Wallace-Wells interviews Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who is running for President, about her midlife moral awakening.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Restore felons' voting rights, Florida. It's smart justice | Opinion  Sun SentinelAmendment 4, the “Voting Restoration Amendment,” will save Florida taxpayers money and give felons a second chance. Florida residents should vote "Yes" in ...

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 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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

PACE Alliance Hosts Local Legislators  KNIA / KRLS RadioThe Pella Area Community and Economic Alliance hosted State Senator Ken Rozenboom and Representative Dustin Hite for a legislative business forum Friday ...

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 ...

Amendment 4 on 2018 Florida ballot is about voting rights  Miami 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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

Tennessee Considers Easing Felon Voting Rights Restoration  U.S. News & World ReportNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are considering a move to make it easier for some felons to get their voting rights restored.

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 ...

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.”

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Reynolds details felon voting rights plan  The GazetteDES MOINES — Iowa felons who complete their sentences would have voting rights restored automatically under a constitutional amendment proposed ...

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.

Of Course Incoming Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Wants to Delay Restoring Voting Rights for Felons  SplinterFlorida voters want to make their state more democratic, so of course the conservatives in power are going to fight that effort tooth and nail.

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Iowa lawmakers see pushback on restoring felon voting rights  The GazetteDES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds believes Iowa is a place where “if you've made mistakes, you can find a second chance.” That applies to felons, she said ...

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.

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 ...

ACLU chief Howard Simon leaves on the ‘highest note’ — restoring felons’ voting rights  Bradenton HeraldOutgoing ACLU Executive Director Howard Simon is retiring after more than two decades of advocacy for Florida's disenfranchised felons, same-sex couples, ...

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 ...

Amendment 4 could invalidate rights restoration lawsuit  Tampa Bay TimesA longstanding legal fight about Florida's clemency process could be wrapping up soon. Attorneys filed a brief Wednesday explaining how the Nov. 6 passage of ...

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,

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 ...

Florida felon voting rights: Who got theirs back under Scott?  Sarasota Herald-TribuneThe governor restored rights to the lowest percentage of blacks, highest percentage of Republicans in 50 years. Howard Lee Lockett brought his wife and ...

Iowa lawmakers hear strong support for restoring felon voting rights  The GazetteDES MOINES — The degrees of support varied, but no one opposed Gov. Kim Reynolds' proposed constitutional amendment to restore felon voting rights ...

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 ...

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.

Minnesota felons ask lawmakers for voting rights restoration  KMSP-TVConvicted Minnesota felons are asking state lawmakers to restore voting rights for previously incarcerated people, but a bill that's moving in the House faces a ...

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 ...

Gun-rights group planning Whidbey gathering  Whidbey News-TimesA controversial gun-rights group will be holding an open meeting Saturday at Greenbank Farm.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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…

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 ...

Ron DeSantis Doesn’t Sound Too Excited About Enfranchising Voters  New York MagazineIn November, Florida voters decisively moved to restore voting rights to 1.5 million individuals convicted of felonies. But the state's new Republican governor ...

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 ...

Louisiana Secretary of State: More people may get voting rights restored than originally thought  NOLA.comIt's still not clear who will be affected by a new law that allows more people convicted of felonies to vote starting March 1.

Former felon praises Gov. Reynolds' proposal to restore voting rights  KCCI Des MoinesGov. Kim Reynolds proposed changing the Iowa Constitution to restore the voting rights of convicted felons while delivering her Condition of the State address.

Voting rights: Rep. Terri Sewell’s plan to fix the Voting Rights Act  Vox.comRep. Terri Sewell is introducing a bill to restore the Voting Rights Act.

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 ...

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 ...

Tuesday Briefing: Manager Decision Time in Palm Coast, Peyton Lescher's Win, A1A Construction Update, DSC's Veterans | FlaglerLive  FlaglerLive.comThe Palm Coast City Council convenes this morning to vote on a new city manager, DSC again ranks among top online bachelor's degree programs for veterans ...

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 ...

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

Fast Facts: Economic Security for Women and Families in Florida  Center For American ProgressFlorida's diversity underscores the importance of issues informed by gender and race, such as income inequality, health care, reproductive justice, gun control, ...

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to reject 2nd Amendment claim by men who lost gun rights over nonviole  Los Angeles TimesTrump administration lawyers are urging the Supreme Court to reject a 2nd Amendment claim that would restore the right to own a gun for two Pennsylvania ...

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.

Where America’s Civic Reawakening Is Happening  The AtlanticPolitical enthusiasms are running high around the country.

VIDEO: Thousands of former felons in Florida get voting rights restored today  WKRG News 5Advocates call it a bipartisan issue that got a big boost from voters while the big races in November were much closer.

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.

Power Restored To Brooklyn Jail Where Inmates Went A Week Without Heat  NPRAfter more than a week without heat and power, conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn showed signs of improvement on Sunday evening.

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 ...