Restore 2nd Amendment Rights for Non-Violent Felons
Organized by: The Unarmed Non-Violent Felon
In short, United States citizens whom have been convicted of a non-violent crime punishable by more than one year in prison (a "non-violent felon") cannot legally posses a firearm or ammunition [18 U.S. Code § 922 (g)(1)] and has no ability to seek relief from this disability (have their rights restored).
Terrorists, drug traffickers, mentally-ill persons and many other people who shouldn't have guns can purchase and possess them legally. However, a person who downloads music from the Internet and burns a few copies to sell, or a mother who provides some left over prescription antibiotics to her child, can be convicted and be forever banned from owning a firearm.
18 U.S. Code § 925 (c) reads: A person who is prohibited from possessing, shipping, transporting, or receiving firearms or ammunition may make application to the Attorney General for relief from the disabilities imposed by Federal laws with respect to the acquisition, receipt, transfer, shipment, transportation, or possession of firearms, and the Attorney General may grant such relief if it is established to his satisfaction that the circumstances regarding the disability, and the applicant’s record and reputation, are such that the applicant will not be likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety and that the granting of the relief would not be contrary to the public interest. Any person whose application for relief from disabilities is denied by the Attorney General may file a petition with the United States district court for the district in which he resides for a judicial review of such denial. The court may in its discretion admit additional evidence where failure to do so would result in a miscarriage of justice. A licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector conducting operations under this chapter, who makes application for relief from the disabilities incurred under this chapter, shall not be barred by such disability from further operations under his license pending final action on an application for relief filed pursuant to this section. Whenever the Attorney General grants relief to any person pursuant to this section he shall promptly publish in the Federal Register notice of such action, together with the reasons therefor.
However, since 1992 Congress has prohibited the ATF from expending any funds to process applications. Any application submitted for relief will be returned unprocessed. Unprocessed applications, according to the Supreme Court in United States vs. Bean, 537 U.S. 71 (2002), are not denials. Since the unprocessed application is not a denial, the applicant cannot request a review by the district court. The restoration of 2nd Amendment rights is a dead-end.
Did you know that it's estimated that the average commits about three federal felonies each day (http://reason.com/archives/2009/10/19/were-all-felons-now)? That means YOU could lose your right to keep and bear arms while you're being the average American citizen, harming no one, losing your ability to protect yourself and your family. This fundraiser is to raise awareness of the disability inflicted on millions of US Citizens, to lobby Congress to revise the law and/or allow the ATF to process relief from disability applications, or to file a class action lawsuit against the United States so that non-violent felons may regain the rights granted by the 2nd Amendment.