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  •  Oh that's alright then. (1+ / 0-)
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    Now his wife/live in partner has a gun, which of course he can never get his  hands on.

    •  just answering the question; if a gun is purchased (0+ / 0-)

      prior to felon status, what would be the legal grounds for confiscation?  Generally speaking, government confiscation of private property is pretty much spelled out as to what the government can and cannot confiscate

      •  Maybe this should be addressed (0+ / 0-)

        through legislation. If even the NRA says that felons should not have guns, then if you commit a felony (convicted) then you lose your guns.

        If you are busted for drug dealing, you can lose your cash/car etc. How big a leap would this be?

        •  Follow up thought (0+ / 0-)

          If you want to keep your guns don't commit a felony.

        •  and this is a very big bone of contention in (0+ / 0-)

          some jurisdictions:

          even in drug busts, there is supposed to be due process before confiscation; it is not automatic as you seem to suggest

          •  The odd thing this is... (0+ / 0-)

            Many states won’t let you keep your vote, after you’ve become convicted of a felony. Why would someone get to keep their guns after being convicted of a felony?

            "We are slow to realize that democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ~ "Fighting Bob" - Robert M. LaFollette Sr.

            by Sand Hill Crane on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 07:44:25 PM PST

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            •  I would say generally a vote is not chattel (0+ / 0-)

              while a gun is.  You have to remember the Founding Fathers were very aware of a legal system whereby the whims of  landed gentry could deprive a person of his liberty and property over a debt or a perceived slight.

            •  As far as votes go (0+ / 0-)

              I think the question should be turned around. Why should the state take away a felon's right to vote after he or she has served the sentence?  

              As for guns, if the person was convicted of a violent felony, I can understand banning him or her from future firearm ownership after his or her release. But that doesn't make sense to me for most non-violent felons.

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