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 ...

Nikki Fried announces full transition team, job openings on new website  Tampa Bay TimesTeam member of note: Former Senator Denise Grimsley, also a one-time agriculture commissioner candidate. Nikki Fried [News *Service* of Florida].

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 ...

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 ...

2018 Year in Review  ProCon.org2018 Controversial Issues - A Year in Review from ProCon.org.

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 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 ...

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 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 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 ...

Congress Tries Again To Restore Gun Rights To Veterans With Caretakers  Task & PurposeLooking for a great career? Or know another veteran, *service* member, or military spouse who is? Get started at Hirepurpose. A group of bipartisan senators want ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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'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 ...

WHAT'S NEXT for TSONGAS and CAPUANO — Who is STEVE POFTAK — NEW BEDFORD ranks NUMBER 1  PoliticoGOOD MORNING, MASSACHUSETTS. TGIF. LIFE AFTER CONGRESS — It's not clear what the state's two outgoing members of Congress — Reps.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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

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 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 ...

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 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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

Democrats Are Gearing Up to Control the House. It’s a Work in Progress.  SlateAt a press conference last Friday, the likely next Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi joined a group of incoming Democratic freshmen to unveil the broad ...

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.

Restoration of felon voting rights march to culminate with rally at Capitol Thursday  Tallahassee.comHundreds of millennials are expected to join religious and civil rights leaders in a march and rally on the state Capitol Thursday to support the restoration of ...

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 ...

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 ...

Accused Russian honeytrap spy pleads GUILTY to plotting to infiltrate Republican party  Daily MailRussian spy Maria Butina, 30, pleaded guilty to spying on behalf of the Putiun government to cultivate Republican circles through the National Rifle Association ...

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?  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 ...

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.

'He should not be out': Family of zoo murder suspect feared he was a danger  KTVAWhen Clayton Charlie's family learned he was scheduled to be let out of jail, they quickly filed a petition for involuntary commitment, believing he was a danger ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

Florida felons may soon have voting rights restored  Tallahassee.comWhy wouldn't the governor and Cabinet appeal U.S. District Judge Mark Walker's rulings that Florida's clemency/civil rights/voting eligibility restoration process ...

The Most Powerful PR Firms of 2018  ObserverWelcome to the fifth volume of Observer's annual PR Power 50—which may just represent the most exciting year yet.

Libertarian candidate for Iowa governor shares 100-day plan  KWQC-TV6DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - Jake Porter, Libertarian candidate for Iowa governor, shared with KWQC-TV6 his plan for his first 100 days in office if he is elected ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

Ministers say yes to Amendment 4, call it biggest expansion of voting rights since the 1960s  Tallahassee.com"I pay taxes but I can't vote," said Rev. Mark McMillan who lost his voting rights with a grand theft conviction more than 20 years ago.

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.

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.

Human Rights Day: Army pledges commitment to defend human dignity  The Eagle OnlineHeads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission on Saturday renewed their commitment to the fight against Boko Haram terrorists with a ...

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 ...

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, ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Bill would allow Florida felons to petition court to have voting, gun rights restored | WJAX-TV  ActionNewsJax.comTwo local lawmakers want to restore voting and gun rights to convicted felons.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Waivers of Gun Rights: A New Shot at Gun Repression  NRA ILALawmakers in California must have temporarily exhausted their store of ideas for legislating against law-abiding gun enthusiasts. After years of padding the ...

Amendment 4: Restoring felons' voting rights is hardball politics or the right thing to do  Tallahassee.comTwo criminal justice lobbyists have very different takes on Amendment 4, the Voting Restoration Amendment on the November ballot.

Editorial: Florida’s chance to make it easier to restore civil rights  Tampabay.comAs it has for decades, Florida stubbornly clings to an inhumane, inefficient and indefensible system of justice that permanently sentences more than 1.5 million ...

Gun from battleship Maine restored at Charleston-based Hunley lab  Charleston Post CourierIn 1898, an infamous explosion in Havana Harbor blew up the Navy's battleship Maine, killing 260 crew members and sparking the Spanish-American War.

A Florida Amendment Seeks to Restore Voting Rights to Ex-Cons Who've Paid Their Dues - Hit & Run : Reason.com  ReasonIf Amendment 4 receives 60% of the vote in November, Florida's ex-felons would have their right to vote restored.

Beyond the N.R.A.: Maria Butina’s Peculiar Bid for Russian Influence  The New York TimesA Rockefeller heir, an Eisenhower, an array of Republican lawmakers — the accused Russian agent sought powerful connections outside the gun-rights group.

Adam Putnam is apparently fine with people buying guns in Florida without passing a background check  Orlando WeeklyAdam Putnam, a "proud NRA sellout" and a Republican candidate for governor, is attempting to drum up votes for the upcoming election by rewriting Florida's ...

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 ...

State urges police chiefs to strip gun licenses from hundreds previously approved  The Boston GlobeThe abrupt reversal comes after federal law enforcement officials said that the state's Firearms License Review Board, which considers whether people with ...

Russian Accused of Infiltrating NRA on Mission From Kremlin  BloombergU.S. authorities accused a Russian national of trying to establish a back channel to American politicians during the last election cycle, announcing the charges ...

Working to restore ex-felon rights in Orange County  WESH OrlandoOrange County is offering a free way to get ex-felons their civil rights back. Advertisement. The Orange County Clerk of Courts Office has a host of agencies to ...

Thousands of Florida felons wait decades to regain the right to vote  Miami HeraldAdam McCracken has a Ph.D., practices psychology in Orlando and is married with two sons. But for 25 years, the state of Florida said he couldn't be a ...

Where they stand: Candidates for governor on vote for felons  Tampabay.comMost leading candidates for governor, including a non-candidate who acts like one, have staked out positions on Amendment 4, the November ballot initiative ...

The Supreme Court Continues To Let The Second Amendment Fade  ForbesThe Supreme Court has recently been "gun shy" by refusing to hear appeals from lower court decisions that undermine Second Amendment rights.

Gun control is a sure way to hurt conservation efforts | TheHill  The HillIn wake of the tragic Parkland and Santa Fe shootings, renewed calls for gun control have been louder than ever. It is clear no one wants to see more criminal ...

A Pro-Liberty Case for Gun Restrictions  ACLUIn recent months, the nation has been debating gun control issues with renewed intensity. One of the principal arguments that firearms advocates advance ...

Florida Democrats Make Voting Rights, Amendment 4 A Rally Cry As Elections Approach  WFSUThe fight to restore voting rights for those with a felony in their past has become a rapidly intensifying factor in shaping upcoming state elections.

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.

Gun-rights advocates at rally: 'Misconception' about what proposed gun control would do  Indianapolis StarGun rights supporters rallied in Indianapolis and state capitols across the country Saturday to emphasize their point of view in a debate further heightened by the ...