Establishes a path to restore right to possess a firearm to felons
Bill Primary sponsors
Representative Vivian Flowers
Full Bill Title
An Act to establish a path to restoration of the right to possess a firearm under state law after a certain time period has passed since a person convicted of certain felonies has completed his or her sentence; To provide for the discharge, dismissal, and sealing of a felony conviction; And for other purposes
What it does
Currently, anyone who has been:
- convicted of a felony OR
- judged to be mentally ill by a court OR
- involuntarily committed to a mental institution
is not allowed to possess or own a firearm. That right is restored to those convicted of felonies if they are granted a pardon.
This bill would also allow a restoration of that right if the felony conviction is discharged, dismissed, and sealed. It would apply if the person has paid their fines and other costs, served their sentence along with any parole or other court-mandated requirements, and has had their felony conviction sealed by a court.
It would exclude people who have been convicted of certain types of offenses. For example, felons who have been convicted of:
- sexual offenses
- human trafficking
- domestic battery
- child exploitation
- and many others
would not be eligible for restoration of their right to possess firearms under this bill.
The person would file a petition for the restoration, which would be evaluated by a circuit court. The bill also sets out procedure for discharging, dismissing, and sealing felony convictions.
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