Although felons may petition the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to restore their right to own firearms, Congress has eliminated the ATF's funding to review such requests. On Oct. 16, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether federal courts have the authority to grant gun rights to felons. The case has put gun-rights advocates in the unusual position of disagreeing with John Ashcroft's Justice Department.
Felons' Gun Rights at Issue at High Court
October 3, 2002
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