It isn't often that a Republican beats a Democrat to the proverbial punch when it comes to granting freedoms to ex-felons.
A Colorado bill being floated by Republican State Rep. Perry Buck would allow non-violent felons the right own firearms, reports
the Denver Post
. Buck's claim: a history of violence is key, felon or not, so there's no good reason to keep guns from the hands of those who've never committed an act of physical aggression.
"Nonviolent felons are no more likely to commit a violent act in the future than non-felons are," says Buck, "so it is irresponsible to prohibit people from being able to protect their homes or hunt when there is no evidence to suggest that they are going to commit a violent act."
According to Buck, the bill, which was only introduced earlier this week, is slowly gaining support among Democrats. And while the idea will undoubtedly be unpopular with some, so far no fellow lawmaker has come forward to criticize the proposal to allow criminals the right to be strapped.
"They will be allowed to have their constitutional right back," said Buck. "There is a big difference between an income-tax felon and a homicide felon."
Via the Denver Post