House backs new gun rights for some nonviolent felons

April 10, 2010 

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.

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