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    FrankRose, notrouble
    One proposal for executive action that will probably garner widespread approval is stepped-up prosecution of people who are found by background checks to have lied when they fill out the federally required gun-purchase questionnaire.
    Interpret this literally and as stringently as possible, and if you're a gun owner (assuming you bought your guns at a dealer and filled out  a 4473) and get convicted of infraction-level marijuana possession, you've just committed a Federal crime that's far more serious.

    Carrying that concept to an extreme conclusion, of course.

    "Everything I do is blown out of proportion. It really hurts my feelings." - Paris Hilton

    by kestrel9000 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:48:34 AM PST

    •  I may have missed something (2+ / 0-)
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      bryduck, Smoh

      but does the form ask you to attest that you would never be convicted of a felony or that you aren't doing something that makes you vulnerable to being convicted of a felony?  In your scenario, how can you be prosecuted for lying about something that you hadn't done at that point?

      "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

      by newfie on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:16:07 AM PST

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    •  Maybe the no-guns-for-felons law (2+ / 0-)
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      high uintas, fuzzyguy

      should be reconsidered. The purpose of the gun laws should be to keep them out of the hands of people who might be expected to shoot other people. That might include those with any record of violence: misdemeanor assault, domestic abuse, a no-contact order, etc. That is an important change that needs to be made.

      Less important, it might not need to include some felons: marijuana possession, embezzlers, forgers, etc. This should be considered along with the restoration of voting rights after felons complete their sentences for those convicted of non-violent crimes. In some parts of the country, being re-integrated back into the community might include going pheasant hunting with friends.

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