Restoring the right to own a firearm to non-violent offenders

Following the United States Supreme Court’s landmark cases in Heller and McDonald, the courts have slowly been recognizing that not all criminal convictions should operate as a lifetime ban on a felon’s – or maybe even a misdemeanor convict’s – fundamental right to own a firearm for self-defense.  Although Mississippi has some procedures for restoring the right to own a gun, as discussed here, there are limitations.

Confronted with situations where someone has been convicted of a relatively minor crime, or been found temporarily mentally ill or incompetent, the courts are with increasing regularity restoring the right to own a gun once the person has recovered or demonstrated they are unlikely to pose a risk to themselves or others.  Below is a partial list of some such cases:

DUI conviction not a lifetime ban  

Misdemeanor corruption of a minor for a consensual affair with a 17-year-old girl in 1996, and misdemeanor for carrying a gun in his car without a license (Binderup v. the U.S. Attorney General)

More about the Binderup decision

Nearly 30 year old felony for false statement not permanent disqualification

Mental health as-applied success