If the’ve paid their debt to society, what’s the problem? . . . New Florida bill could help those with convictions restore voting and gun rights
State Rep. Cord Byrd filed a bill Wednesday that allows those who’ve served prison and probation sentences for felonies to seek to have their voting and gun rights restored by petitioning judges.
Currently, those convicted of felonies have those civil rights revoked unless the governor offers clemency. This bill would allow people to file petitions in court that argue they deserve to have their rights restored; and it allows state attorney’s offices to oppose the petitions.
Judges must determine if the people asking for their rights back have led law-abiding lives since release and if they’re likely to continue to obey the law, if they’re not likely to be a danger to others and if giving back the rights is not contrary to the public’s interest.
Instead of thoughts and prayers, our nation’s leaders are now responding to gun violence with concrete action. However, if they are successful, more Americans will be in danger of getting shot. That’s because lawmakers are working to expand, not tighten, gun rights.
This goes against the wishes of more than half of America’s citizens, who want stronger gun safety legislation. It goes against the wishes of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies and mayors, because it would make the jobs of police officers more difficult. It goes against the wishes of advocates for the survivors of domestic violence, who call it a “race to the bottom.” It goes against the wishes of people who sincerely value states’ rights, who question the Constitutionality of this measure. It goes against the wishes of major organizations representing Catholics, Jews, Episcopalians, Methodists, Unitarians, Baptists, Mennonites and Sikhs.
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Sounds like she can take care of herself just fine . . . Hunter forced to defend her lifestyle after receiving death threats
“Hunting helps maintain animal populations at levels that are compatible with human life/activity. For example, hogs are insanely overpopulated and can cause serious damage to agricultural products, fields, and other vegetation, which can harm livestock. We also hunt coyotes and bobcats for purposes of predator control,” she shared.
Tate has received a lot of support from the hunting community both on and offline, but she still has had her detractors. Some of those morally opposed to hunting have issued death threats Tate via social media. But, Tate continues doing what she loves and trying to teach respect.
“I pride myself in respecting others for their beliefs and practices, regardless of whether I agree with them,” she said.
We’re sure the moms who demand disarmament will be fully supportive of this woman . . . Jacksonville police: Woman shoots ex-husband after he breaks into her home with crowbar, attacks her
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man accused of attacking his ex-wife as he tried to break into her home.
The victim told police she shot Randolph Bishop in the face before he ran away.
Police said Bishop tried to break into the victim’s home with a crowbar.
According to a police report, Bishop said he wanted to talk, and when the woman agreed, he attacked her.
The Sheriff’s Office said the woman had a gun and fired at Bishop, hitting him in somewhere in the face.
“legislation that has no chance whatsoever of becoming law” . . . A Gun Rights Vote Only the GOP Base Can Appreciate
A week such as this one — already chockablock with headlines touching the Hill — seemed to the Republicans who run the place like an ideal time for making a bold hiding-in-plain-sight move.
And so it was that the House devoted more than two hours Wednesday to passing legislation that has no chance whatsoever of becoming law and is broadly unpopular with the electorate, but nonetheless fulfills the GOP’s commitment to doing the bidding of an extremely potent force in its political base.
The bill would effectively permit gun owners to conceal and carry their weapons anywhere in the country — which is nothing less than the “highest legislative priority” of the National Rifle Association. Under the bill, for example, people from several states who have violent felony convictions would be free to board the New York City subway with a semiautomatic pistol hidden in their overcoats.
The vote was 231-198. Only 14 Republicans, half of them facing very competitive contests for new terms next fall, voted against the NRA’s wishes. Just six Democrats, two of them expecting a tough 2018 campaign, voted for the bill.
This is why we can’t have nice things . . . Lawmaker says she accidentally brought gun to Denver airport
A Colorado state lawmaker arrested at Denver International Airport had a loaded handgun in her bag that was discovered by an airport security officer, police said Wednesday.
State Rep. Lori Saine “knowingly brought the handgun to the checkpoint” at the airport on Tuesday, according to a report written by Denver police officer Gregory Zimmerman. The report did not explain how he made that determination.
According to police, a Transportation Security Administration agent saw the Kahr Arms 9mm semi-automatic handgun when a bag belonging to Saine went through an X-ray machine, according to the arrest report. It had four rounds in its magazine but none in the chamber.
Saine, a Republican who has advocated for gun rights, was arrested on suspicion of introducing a firearm into a transportation facility and spent the night in jail.
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