GA Board Reinstates Gun Rights to Convicted Felons

By: Associated Press; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Associated Press; Lanetra Bennett Email
An increasing number of convicted felons in Georgia have been getting the rights to own guns reinstated by the State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

MGN Online

By: Lanetra Bennett
August 26, 2014

Bainbridge, GA - Residents in our area are reacting to the news that an increasing number of convicted felons in Georgia are getting their right to own a gun restored.

Bainbridge resident Jacquelin Raulerson says, "Being a convicted felon, we all should have our rights back and that if we feel the need to use it; if we feel like we have to protect ourself or our family or our kids, then we should be able to protect ourselves. There should be no one else to tell us that we can't. do this"

Officials in Decatur County, Georgia say the State Board of Pardons and Paroles is becoming more liberal in restoring gun rights to convicted felons.

The board restored firearms rights to more than 1,400 felons between 2008 and 2013. A new report says 666 people got their rights back last year, which is 10 times from six years ago.

Bainbridge resident Michael Taylor says, "I just think they just might kill somebody or something like that or do some horrible crime or something like that. So, I don't think they should have their rights restored to carry guns again."

The overall number includes 358 felons who were convicted of violent crimes, 166 who were convicted of drug crimes, and 32 who killed someone.

Among other stipulations, convicted felons in Georgia can get their gun rights restored after their sentences and probation have been completed for at least five years.

Florida felons have to wait at least eight years.

This has sparked questions about convicted felons' voting rights. Elections officials in Georgia say convicted felons automatically get their voting rights restored when they complete their sentence in the Peach State. Officials say the only thing they have to do is re-register to vote.


ATLANTA (AP) -- An increasing number of convicted felons in Georgia have been getting the rights to own guns reinstated by the State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday that the State Board of Pardons and Paroles restored firearms rights for more than 1,400 felons between 2008 and 2013. The board restored gun rights for 666 people last year, which is 10 times the number of pardons that restored gun rights six years ago.

Board officials say among other stipulations, convicted felons are granted the right to carry firearms after their sentences and probation have been completed for at least five years. The pardons reinstate felons' rights to bear arms without expunging their criminal records.


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