One of the finest writers I know [not shown] is a convicted criminal. He served time for a road rage shooting. He did his time. He was released. His gun rights are gone. Why? All his other Constitutional rights have been restored (including his right to vote). While “common sense” may say that ex-cons should not have access to a firearm, shouldn’t a higher standard apply? Keep in mind that all kinds of non-violent crimes are classified as felonies. And before you answer, consider this [via seattletimes.nwsource.com]. . .
The Tacoma News Tribune reports that Pierce County Superior Court Judge Bryan Chushcoff okayed former Sheriff Mark French’s [above] petition to vacate his child porn conviction from his record and regain his gun rights.
The 62-year-old French pleaded guilty in 2004 to possessing child pornography. He had retired in 2000 after a 30-year career in law enforcement.
County prosecutors opposed giving French his gun rights back, citing a recent law change, but judge Chushcoff said the law couldn’t be applied retroactively.