Congressman Ken Buck has done what many thought was impossible: he brought the human right of firearm ownership back to those who made mistakes in their lives. The Colorado Republican has worked feverishly to advance legislation in the House that would allow nonviolent felons the ability to regain their Second Amendment rights after they have repaid their debt to society.
Though felons have long been able to petition for the restoration of their Second Amendment rights, a provision authored 23 years ago by far-left Senator Chuck Schumer stripped the ATF of funds available for investigating felons who wish to have their rights restored.
However, Buck’s crusade to bring back the inalienable right to citizens who simply made mistakes was passed in the House.
Buck claimed he was moved to action by the story of a man who once wrote a bad check to a landlord. Now, as a grandfather, this man wants to take his son hunting, but cannot, as he would be in violation of the law.
“There is no good reason to prevent law abiding citizens from at the very least petitioning ATF to have their rights restored,” Buck explained.
The National Rifle Association hailed the passage on its Facebook page, saying,
“Those who have lost the right to purchase and obtain a firearm are now one step closer to being able to petition the government for a full restoration of those rights.”
Unfortunately, however, there is no companion piece in the Senate.
The Senate is safely controlled by the Republicans, but as we approach an election year, lawmakers are particularly careful of optics. While offering nonviolent felons the means to regain their constitutional right may seem like a no-brainer, skewed optics by opponents could paint the effort as being “soft on crime.”
Still, with the momentum of the House passage, hopefully, the GOP-controlled Senate will see the importance of restoring a right to citizens that never should have been revoked in the first place.
— Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) June 3, 2015