Thanks for your question. I must say that it posed a research
challenge, but I believe that I have gathered the correct resources to
nail down what youre looking for. The short answer to your question
appears to be that residents of the following states, who have felony
records, can vote and possess firearms: Indiana, Minnesota, Rhode
Island, South Carolina, South Dakota. Utah, Vermont, and West
From the text of your question, you clearly have researched this well.
Your analysis of the federal law is spot on, but see my comments
concerning this below.
I am taking a different tack to your question though, than that posed
by you. I hope you dont mind. You enquired about the restoration of
rights by executive (gubernatorial) action. During my legal career I
have been involved in these types of actions a couple of times, and I
must say that they are extremely (!!) difficult to accomplish,
particularly for non- or new residents of a state.
My approach was to find states where there are NOT the restrictions
that you are concerned about, which is to say, where could a
convicted felon live and NOT be concerned about any restrictions to
his/her right to vote or possess a firearm? In these states, of
course, no executive action would be required.
The two rights that seem to be most in play for those with felony
convictions are the rights to vote and possess firearms. Most, but not
all states, now permit those with felony records to vote 38 states
plus the District of Columbia, permit voting rights, though there are
initiatives in a few states to further curtail this franchise.
The right to own and possess firearms is much more restricted. It
appears from my research that only 8 states permit the possession of
firearms by those with felony records. Another 6 states have qualified
rights, which may, or may not, apply to you.
The following states permit convicted felons to vote and to possess
The following states permit convicted felons to vote and MAY permit
the possession of firearms:
Information on voting rights can be found here:
Information on felons in possession of firearms is contained in the
following list, by state:
Of all of the states listed above, Vermont would seem to be the state
with the fewest restrictions:
VERMONT: Gun Laws in Vermont
Background Checks for all Gun Sales at Gun Shows: No state law exists
requiring background checks for all firearm sales at gun shows.
Access to Mental Health Records: Although the state maintains a
database of individuals criminally or civilly committed and thereby
prohibited from purchasing a firearm, Vermont statute prohibits the
database from being made available to the National Instant Criminal
Check System (NICS). Therefore, an individual who has been
involuntarily committed in Vermont can move to another state and
purchase a firearm.
Access to Domestic Violence Restraining Order Records: Although the
sate maintains a database of domestic violence restraining orders, and
those records are available to the National Instant Criminal
Background Check System (NICS), the Vermont Crime Information Center
advises that local jurisdictions sometimes fail to provide all the
necessary information for the timely input of the order into the state
Access to Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Records: Vermont law
enforcement and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System
(NICS) have access to domestic violence misdemeanor records for the
purpose of completing a background check.
Increased Penalties- Other Firearm Crimes
Felon in Possession: State law does not specifically address the
prohibition of felons in possession of a firearm.
Straw Purchase Law: State law does not specifically address the straw
purchase of firearms.
Increased Penalties for Obliterated Serial Numbers: State law does not
specifically address the obliteration of serial numbers on firearms.
IN NEW JERSEY - NJ ST 2C:39-7 prohibits any person who has been
convicted in this state or elsewhere of the crime of aggravated
assault, arson, burglary, escape, extortion, homicide, kidnapping,
robbery, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, bias intimidation,
endangering the welfare of a child, various drug convictions as well
as firearm offenses from purchasing, owning, possessing or controlling
a firearm. Violation of this section is a crime of the second degree
and upon conviction the person shall be sentenced to a term of
imprisonment of not less than five years during which time the
defendant shall be ineligible for parole.
SEE THE AMERICANS FOR GUN SAFETY SITE FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION ON THE
OTHER STATES: http://ww2.americansforgunsafety.com/the_issues_state.asp
THE FEDERAL LAW:
18 USC 922(g)(1) prescribes: It shall be unlawful for any person who
has been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment
for a term exceeding one year to ship or transport in interstate or
foreign commerce, or possess in or affecting commerce, any firearm or
ammunition or to receive any firearm or ammunition which has been
shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.
The United States Supreme Court is considering a case this Fall, that
should be very interesting to you.
Thomas Lamar Bean, a federally licensed firearms dealer, was arrested
by Mexican border police in 1998 after crossing into Mexico with one
case of approximately 200 shotgun shells in his vehicle. Bean and
three associates had attended a gun show in Laredo, Texas, earlier in
the day and, according to court records, the group decided to go into
Mexico for dinner that night. Testimony by Bean's companions indicated
that he had instructed them to remove all firearms and ammunition from
the vehicle prior to departing, but the shotgun shells were
overlooked. Bean was convicted of a felony in a foreign country and
desired to have his ATF rights restored when he returned to the USA.
Bean was found guilty of 'unlawfully importing ammunition' under
Mexican law, a felony at the time. When he was returned to the U.S.
six months later, and after spending a month in a U.S. facility, Bean
applied to ATF under the "Relief from Disability" program to have his
Second Amendment rights restored. As you have noted, ATF does not
have any funds to process such requests. Bean therefore applied to the
federal courts for relief. A federal district court and the United
States Circuit Court of Appeals (5th Circuit) found in Beans favor.
The government appealed to the Supreme Court, who agreed to hear the
case this October.
Beans brief is a fascinating read on this entire question. You can
find the brief here:
ASTROGUY, I hope that this gives you the guidance that you were
seeking. If you would like any clarification at all, please click back
in and ask. I will be happy to provide it.
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