Judge denies restoration of gun rights to man who has 1976 misdemeanor conviction  PennLiveU.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann Wednesday dismissed the suit of Terry E. Laudenslager of South Williamsport who sought restoration of his right to ...

Gov. Northam Announces Civil Rights Restored to Over 10000 Virginians  NBC 29 NewsGovernor Northam announced that since he took office just over a year ago, his administration has restored the civil rights of 10992 Virginians previously ...

Expungement bill advances in Senate - The Advocate-Messenger  Danville AdvocateFRANKFORT — Legislation to extend Kentucky's expungement program to additional people convicted of low-level felonies advanced out of a state Senate ...

Push to restore felon voting rights in Minnesota gains momentum, key supporters  Star TribuneMinnesota is one of 22 states where felons cannot vote until they complete post-incarceration supervision. The change could affect as many as 60000 on ...

Legislative Update: Last Gun-Control Bill In the 2019 VA General Assembly Is Gone!  AmmoLand Shooting Sports NewsSB 1321, Hanger's bill that would have banned a provider of Licensed Day Home from having a firearm on their person for self-defense, was DEFEATED by a 6 ...

Advocates push to restore voting rights for convicts in and out of prison  NJTV NewsThere was overwhelming support for a bill that would restore the voting rights of felons who are currently incarcerated and on probation or parole.

Democrats Are Newly Emboldened on Gun Control  The AtlanticExit polls in November showed that 59 percent of voters in House races favored “stricter gun-control measures.”

Part III: The Current State of Laws Regarding Mental Illness and Guns  Heritage.orgContrary to popular narratives espoused in the aftermath of tragic events involving both firearms and mentally ill persons,

Sixty Days for 2.14.19 — A prime-time look at the 2019 Legislative Session  Florida PoliticsSixty Days — A prime-time look at the 2019 Legislative Session. The Last 24. Good Thursday evening. How do elections officials know which ex-cons to allow as ...

Voting Rights Act of 1965 may have to be passed again  People's WorldThe March 19 civil rights march across the Alabama River, the start of a 50 mile march to Montgomery, Alabama, with Martin Luther King Jr. waving from the front ...

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 ...

Arts & Ideas has named Rosanne Cash a visionary leader. We talk to her about that  Hartford CourantRosanne Cash will receive an award for Visionary Leadership from the International Festival of Arts & Ideas Feb. 23.

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 ...

Short meeting with Gov. Bevin wasn't enough for problems of the poor  Courier JournalThe Kentucky Poor People's Campaign plans to continue meeting with Gov. Matt Bevin about issues like health care, felon voting rights and education.

Federal Lawsuit Seeks to Restore Individuals' Firearms Rights in State of California  GlobeNewswireSan Francisco, CA, Dec. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Attorneys for two individual California residents and five constitutional rights advocacy groups filed a ...

Bill to expand public shooting ranges moving in Congress  Guns.comA bipartisan measure in the U.S. Senate that could see the number of shooting ranges available on public land expanded is gaining steam.

‘A joyous day’ ahead as 1.4 million Florida ex-felons have voting rights restored  Washington PostSARASOTA — One of the largest enfranchisements of U.S. citizens in the past century begins Tuesday in Florida, and many of the more than 1.4 million ...

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 ...

Clifton Market's temporary closure Friday raises questions about long-term future  WKRC TV CincinnatiCLIFTON, Ohio (WKRC) - A key business in a local neighborhood is back open after it suddenly closed around noon Friday. The unexpected shutdown of the ...

Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government.  Florida PoliticsThe Florida Bar on Wednesday announced that the deadline had been extended for applications for one lawyer vacancy on each of the state's 26 Judicial ...

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 ...

From Homeless Addict to Law School Grad & Dad-of-5 — and How He Carried a Wave of Change Across Florida  PEOPLE.comFor many Floridians, Jan. 8 was just another Tuesday — but for Desmond Meade, it brought a moment he had been anticipating for more than 14 years.

Tennessee lawmaker wants voting rights restored to convicted felons  WTVCNASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - A Tennessee lawmaker is pushing for restored voting rights for convicted felons. Sen. Brenda Gilmore (D-Nashville) is sponsoring ...

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 ...

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.

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.

Florida Passes Amendment 4, Will Automatically Restore Right To Vote For Felons  WLRNA constitutional amendment that would restore the right for former felons to vote in Florida passed. Amendment 4 needed at least 60 percent of votes to.

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 ...

Amendment 4 gives felons a second chance and saves Florida money | Opinion  Florida TodayData proves that the vast majority of felons who get their voting and other civil rights back do not commit new crimes.

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 ...

California Says Residents With Vacated Out-of-State Convictions May Not Own Guns - Hit & Run : Reason.com  ReasonA federal lawsuit says the state is violating the Second Amendment by refusing to recognize the restoration of firearm rights by courts in other states.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Gun laws in 2018 - NMGDB  NewsdayThe 2018 Valentine's Day shooting that killed 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida prompted students and ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

As Florida Works to Restore Felons\' Voting Rights, Confusion Clouds the Process  GoverningBy Zac Anderson. Florida is on the precipice of a massive voter enfranchisement and there is considerable confusion among elections officials about how the ...

Here's what you haven't heard about restoring ex-felons' voting rights: Analysis  Orlando SentinelThe analysis "Civil Rights Restoration in Florida and Amendment 4" addresses some of the glaring gaps in the public discourse on ex-felons' rights and more.

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 ...

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 ...

Congress Tries Again To Restore Gun Rights To Veterans With Caretakers  Task & PurposeA group of bipartisan senators want to reverse a longstanding federal policy that prevents veterans from owning firearms if someone else is handling their ...

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.

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.

Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe aims to unseat Democratic prosecutor who opposed him on felon rights  Washington PostAt a fundraiser, McAuliffe said he would support Parisa Tafti over Theo Stamos in the race for Arlington commonwealth's attorney.

After getting his own pardon, Gainesville man helps others restore their rights  Gainesville TimesRecently sober, and after seeing his daughter at Duke University, Earnest Mason knew he needed to make a change in 2000 to expand his opportunities.

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.

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.

Florida restored voting rights to former felons. Now the GOP wants to thwart reform.  The Washington PostIN NOVEMBER, nearly two-thirds of Florida voters backed a state constitutional amendment that would restore voting rights to roughly 1.4 million former felons ...

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.

Iowa lawmakers see pushback on restoring felon voting rights  The GazetteDES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds believes Iowa is a place where “if you've made mistakes, you can find a second chance.” That applies to felons, she said ...

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 ...

Florida Felons Once Denied Rights Begin Registering to Vote  The New York TimesTuesday marked the first day for former felons in Florida to register in vote, following a historic ballot measure that restored their rights.

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.

Cuomo Plans to Restore Voting Rights to Paroled Felons  The New York TimesALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he intends to restore voting rights to felons on parole, a move that could open the ballot box ...

Felons In Florida Want Their Voting Rights Back Without A Hassle  NPROne of out every 10 adults in Florida is not eligible to vote because of a state law that prevents former felons from doing so without a lengthy process. There are ...

Louisiana Secretary of State: More people may get voting rights restored than originally thought  NOLA.comRepublican Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin believes a new law passed by the Louisiana Legislature last year may restore voting rights to thousands of more ...

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

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 ...

Florida felon voting rights: Who got theirs back under Scott?  Palm Beach PostThe governor restored rights to the lowest percentage of blacks, highest percentage of Republicans in 50 years, The Post found. Howard Lee Lockett brought his ...

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 ...

How will federal appeals court rule on Florida felon voting rights case?  Bradenton HeraldA three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta heard arguments Wednesday in the case that challenges Florida's clemency process and ...

Seidman: Anticipated roadblocks on the route to restoration of felons voting rights  Sarasota Herald-TribuneJust hours after county election supervisors meeting this week in Sarasota asked for a directive from the state on how to implement Amendment 4 — the recently ...

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…

9 Investigates: Despite amendment, state takes 'pause' on restoring rights to felons  WFTV OrlandoAmendment 4, the automatic restoration of voting rights to felons, was approved by 64.5 percent of Florida voters. However, state leaders might not be ready to ...

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 ...

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. The bill, HB 903, was filed on Dec.

Nevada laws on ‘pink tax,’ felons’ rights take effect Tuesday  Las Vegas Review-JournalTwo new laws take effect in Nevada on Tuesday: the voter-approved “pink tax” exemption for feminine hygiene products and a bill from the 2017 Legislature ...

Old Florida Clemency System Was Unconstitutional, Racially Biased  NPRMore than a million felons will be able to vote in Florida. Previously, the system lacked 'any constraints, guidelines, or standards' for restoring voting rights, ...

Felons\' Voting Rights Restoration Should Be Delayed, Says Florida Governor-Elect  GoverningRon DeSantis said the amendment, which would restore voting rights for most ex-felons who have served their sentences, should take effect after state ...

Sunburn — The morning read of what's hot in Florida politics — 2.4.19  Florida PoliticsFormer Florida GOP Executive Director David Johnson could not be more right than when he asks on Facebook: How much better would your Super Bowl ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Reynolds details felon voting rights plan  The GazetteDES MOINES — Iowa felons who complete their sentences would have voting rights restored automatically under a constitutional amendment proposed ...

Cincinnati Museum Center reopens after long restoration  WKRC TV CincinnatiWEST END, Ohio (WKRC) - It's an early Christmas gift for many people in the Tri-state. Saturday morning Union Terminal reopened after two and a half long ...

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.

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 ...

Ron DeSantis Doesn’t Sound Too Excited About Enfranchising Voters  New York MagazineIn November, Florida voters decisively moved to restore voting rights to 1.5 million individuals convicted of felonies. But the state's new Republican governor ...

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'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.

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 ...

Florida elections supervisors express confusion over restoring felon voting rights  Orlando SentinelFlorida officials don't yet have a plan for how to carry out a constitutional amendment that restores the right to vote to more than a million Floridians convicted of ...

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.

Adam Putnam calls for less onerous felons rights restoration system  Sarasota Herald-TribuneGOP candidate for governor Adam Putnam went around the table, asking a group assembled Tuesday in a conference room at the Sarasota County Jail for ...

Does the Second Amendment Protect Only White Gun Owners?  ACLUThe most common refrain from gun rights supporters in the wake of mass shootings or other gun violence is that the best response to a bad guy with a gun is a ...

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 ...

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 ...

Iowa shortens application for pardon, restoring firearm rights  DesMoinesRegister.comIowa has shortened the application form for a person with a criminal conviction who wants to request a pardon from the governor or have his or her firearm rights ...

WATCH: 'Confusion' reigns over how to restore voting rights to ex-felons  FirstCoastNews.com WTLV-WJXXFor the past two years, Devin Coleman has worked with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to pass Amendment 4, restoring rights to felons who've ...

John Legend will rally in Orlando next week for restoring former felons' voting rights  Orlando WeeklyEGOT icon and singer John Legend will be in Orlando next week at a rally organized by a group advocating for restoring voting rights to...

Locked out: Critics say it's time to end Kentucky's ban on felon voting  Courier JournalFlorida's vote to automatically restore voting rights to most felons left Kentucky as one of the last states to permanently bar felons from voting.

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.

Voting rights restored for 1.4 million ex-felons in Florida: How will this impact tight elections?  Salon"If only a small percentage of former felons register to vote, that could tip the balance in Florida's elections"

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, ...

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.