Guns

Should Pardoned Criminals be Allowed to Buy Guns?

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

It is well known that convicted felons cannot buy guns when they get out of prison. But what if the felon is pardoned? Then yes, they can buy guns. But should the law be changed to prevent pardoned criminals from being able to get their hands on weapons?

This is something they are dealing with in Mississippi, where on Tuesday outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned 219 criminals, including 22 killers, more than 30 drug dealers and three rapists.

According to a statement, Barbour considered the gun issue when he issued the pardons:

"The pardons were intended to allow them to find gainful employment or acquire professional licenses as well as hunt and vote."

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And now they will be able to acquire their guns.

"A full, unconditional and complete pardon allows them all legal rights that you or I enjoy that include owning firearms,” Mississippi College School of Law Professor Matt Steffey told WAPT-TV.

Steffey added, "I think some of the families of victims are concerned some of these prisoners may not just hunt game, but they may start hunting,” Steffey said.

What do you think -- should pardoned criminals be allowed to buy guns?