This Lawsuit Of Yours Is Really My Only Chance To Get My Gun Rights Back And Like You I Live In Las Vegas, NV And Read On News And See On News Of Home Invasions And Car Jackings Daily.. In Fact I Live By Mountains Edge And Hear Police Chopper Over Head. I Have A Wife And 6 Kids And Cant Defend Us And Because I Cannot Be Even Close To A Gun My Wife Cant Even Own One. So We Are Sitting Ducks Here… So If I Had The Money For A Lawsuit I Would Sue Or Be A Actual Party To Your Lawsuit…. So I Just Wanted To Say Thank You And If Need Anything Just Let Me Know.
I totally agree with your lawsuit. The spirit of the 2nd amendment is not draconian in its limitations and moreover these restrictions should not put your personal safety in jeopardy due to your past. You should be able to go target shooting and protect your home. In LV home invasions are disturbingly frequent. What are you supposed to do? Time served is time served and it shouldn’t prevent you from being a law abiding gun enthusiast or strip away your voting rights. This is draconian and unjust. I wish you the best in your lawsuit Barry.
Most of the elements of the class are matters of public record: citizen, non-violent felony convict, not under indictment, etc. It would be easier to certify this class than many others that successfully get certified (like toxic torts or product liability). The defendants have or have access to most of it. Desire to purchase a firearm is self-proving through the act of applying to join the class. Drug use might be sticky, but not insurmountable. Thanks for bringing this to light.
Professionally I deal with the more “blue collar” segment of our society and I am often amazed at how many of them have felony convictions, usually years in their past. They are now fathers and mothers with stable jobs, working very hard to make ends meet, but without many of the protections and rights afforded to the rest of us.
And I say that on purpose because society really has created an us vs. them mentality with felons. What many of us don’t often recognize is that the number of felonies law on the books out there make most of us felons, we just don’t know it and haven’t been charged.
I’m a big advocate of if a convicted felons has indeed straightened their life out AND has at least 10 years of upstanding behavior(after release from prison if that be the case), their record should be cleared. This does include rights to vote, own a firearm, etc. This of course applies to non-violent felons.
I do think murderers, rapists, child molesters, etc. should never be released from prison. The problem is ALL felons are lumped into the same pool. So anyone convicted of a felony has to carry around that badge for the rest of their life.