Bill Supports Nonviolent Felons To Possess Firearms
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Though some lawmakers are in favor of banning firearms, one Colorado Representative is trying to give those who've lost their rights to own a gun, a second chance.
Currently, the law does not allow felons to purchase or possess a gun, but House District 49, Perry Buck, introduced a bill that could change that.
Bill 1085, introduced in the House, would allow nonviolent felons to possess firearms.
But not everyone thinks that's such a good idea, including one gun shop owner, James Colby.
"The current bill as it is, I'm actually in opposition," said Colby.
The bill would allow nonviolent felons to possess firearms as long as their crime didn't involve arson, burglary, or the use of a deadly weapon.
"I mean they should have a right to recovery, but if they're going to break the social norms, maybe we shouldn't trust them the same as other people," said Colby.
Though the bill pertains to nonviolent felonies, Colby says to be convicted of any type of felony, is a serious unlawful act.
"It's all your sorts of financial crimes, embezzlement, forgery, check forgery, perjury," said Colby.
However, proponents for the bill say those nonviolent felons, need a way to protect themselves.
Colby says, "Muzzleloaders for instance are not considered a fire arm, so in a lot of states felons can own muzzleloaders, especially for home protection."
However, Colby says he agrees that the restrictions for nonviolent offenders could loosen up a little bit. He says currently, it can take anywhere from five to ten years for someone with a nonviolent felony to get that expunged in a normal court proceeding.