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    The inability of a felon to legally buy a gun is called a "Federal Firearms Disability." But not to worry, there's a cure for that.

    13 states automatically return gun rights to felons convicted of non-violent crimes. If you're convicted of a violent crime, you can petition the court to restore your gun rights. In states where it isn't automatic, you can petition the courts. Chances you'll get your gun rights restored a pretty good.

    The NYT did an article on this in 2011:

    Felons Finding It Easy to Regain Gun Rights

    Here's a few of the people they highlighted:

    William James Holisky II

    Mr. Holisky has a long history of stalking and terrorizing women. A Minnesota judge reinstated Mr. Holisky’s firearms rights last year, just six months after he got out of prison for firing a shotgun into the house of a woman he had dated. She and her son were inside.

    Jason C. Keller

    Mr. Keller, disqualified because of a 1997 burglary conviction, had his gun rights restored in Washington in 2006. In 2010, he fired several shots at a woman’s house while she stood outside with one child and another was sleeping inside.

    Erik H. Zettergren

    Mr. Zettergren, who had two felony convictions on his record, got his gun rights back in Washington in December 2004. He quickly retrieved several guns he had given a friend for safekeeping. Two months later,
    Mr. Zettergren shot and killed a man at point blank range.

    Charles C. Hairston

    Mr. Hairston shot and killed a man with a shotgun in 1971. After serving 18 years in prison for first-degree murder, he was convicted in 1995 of corruption of a minor, another felony. An Ohio judge restored
    his gun rights in 2010.

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