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here's an interesting article in our local paper on gun laws in alaska

JUNEAU -- The state House has unanimously passed legislation restoring gun rights for some nonviolent felons.

The bill passed Saturday now goes to the Senate, with just over a week before the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn.

Fairbanks Republican Rep. Jay Ramras, whose Judiciary Committee sponsored the bill, says the measure helps bring state and federal laws into alignment.

Currently, state law allows for nonviolent felons' gun rights to be partially restored if certain conditions are met. That partial restoration still bars handgun purchases and limits carrying concealed weapons.

A U.S. Supreme Court decision has held that if felons' rights are to be restored, they're to be restored fully, or not at all.

Read more: House backs new gun rights for some nonviolent felons: Weapons | adn.com
Edit: oops hey naekid I posted this in politics/theory not current events/news, can you move it? Moved..BB
 

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thanks BB,

So any thoughts on this? I think it makes sense in a way, but without more information regarding the Supreme Court ruling the article seems tilted to favor the states view of this measure.

so what say you, states or supreme court?
 

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I think the way our society classifies a "felon" needs to change, it seems like we're quick to lock everyone up at the expense of the taxpayer, especially non-violent offenders (i.e. marijuana possession) and yet at the same time putting people away doesn't stop them from committing future crimes.

the other downside to being a felon in alaska is that the state garnishes your permanent fund dividend, and if you're making minimum wage the PFD is pretty much a lifeline during the cold winter months when gas prices skyrocket (yet another thing I don't understand, summer months raise gas prices AND winter months raise gas prices)
 
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