Restoring Civil Rights in Florida

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.

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17 Responses to Restoring Civil Rights in Florida

  1. Nemo says:

    Nope. Become a felonious criminal for whatever reason, you forfeit your rights, period.

  2. Bones says:

    Sorry Nemo, you are wrong. If the crime was committed, you were convicted and ALL of the sentence served/probation over, then ALL rights of citizenship must be restored. There is zero possible reason that they are not, other than to control that individual. But, but, they robbed someone, whaw whaw, they might hurt somebody, whaw, whaw…..Look, if they are a danger then they should not be released, but once the sentence is served, ALL rights restored. Period. Do you carry? Why? For you/your families protection? What about someone who screwed up, did their time, and now out. Does he/she not get to protect themselves? Look deeply into the mirror and say, “I am a controller, I must control all others around me. I resolve today to not be a controller. I have been control free for (x) hours.”

  3. crazyeighter says:

    It will be entertaining to watch the Dems try to decide whether to support this.

  4. David says:

    All you have to do is get a Pardon and then it is done. But let’s not have this blanket giveaway with no review of the person’s behavior after getting out!

  5. d says:

    That is why violent criminals should be locked up for life. You kill someone, rape, or molest a child and you are guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt, then you are executed.

  6. Inbred Redneck says:

    If one finishes one’s sentence, including prison, parole and probation, it seems like a good idea to be able to petition a governing board at State/Federal level for restoration of gun/voting rights. Exception would be anyone who killed someone else, thereby depriving them of their vote, or voter fraud.

  7. al says:

    If you did the crime and did the time then anything after that is a additional sentace they have paid the price for mistakes they get a new chance! Mess up go back try again. An awful lot of innocent people have felonies but were unable to prove they didn’t do it. We should not hold grudges don’t forget but do forgive.

  8. realspark21 says:

    This is a tough one.

    As conservative and member of the law enforcement family…I believe that the 68 GCA (and similar laws/regulations) that say felons cannot EVER purchase or posses a firearm are an overreach.

    This country was often a place where second chances were a way of life…see examples of western lawmen who started life as criminals (yes, it worked the other way also). Also, from my family on my father’s side: The Von Hugo’s and Von Benik’s who fled Prussia, after supporting the wrong powers, fled to the US, settled in Texas, and became Americans and Texans after losing everything but their lives in Europe. We still have get togethers of the extended families/ancestors of the originals immigrants…now numbering in the hundreds–A land of second chances.

    As for felons…except for Child Predators and Sexual Predators, there are many examples of persons who turn there lives around for the better…I think they should be allowed to protect and provide for their families, via hunting or shooting sports earnings, just like a non-felon can…PARTICULARLY after they have finished their sentence, any restitution, and supervised release/probationary period. Additionally, if an automatic method is not feasible, then allow a petition to a judge for civil rights restoration (I know this currently exists, but BATFE and some states DO NOT RECOGNIZE civil rights restoration for firearms, except in certain cases).

    As a Christian, I think criminal to civil redemption should be allowed for the redeemable. This follows with Natural Rights of Man.

    I also believe in liberal use of the Death Penalty, used within two years of conviction (after mandatory reviews and appeals), for violent crimes.

    This would solve many problems and leave the restorable felons a hopeful path to a better life rather than the firing squads bullets.

  9. Jim says:

    The Second Amendment says, Shall not be INFRINGED. It does not say Shall not be infringed, unless the federal gov says you did something they don’t like. In my opinion, the only way to lose your right to a gun, is to use a gun in the commission of said felony.

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