A hunting trip into the woods is always enjoyable, even when returning home without a deer in the back of the vehicle. Hunting provides an escape from the hectic pace of everyday life and abundance of time to think.
This past Monday was the opening day of rifle deer hunting season in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, I did not get a deer. What I did get was plenty of time to reflect and appreciate how lucky I am to be able to hunt without fear of repercussions.
Not everyone is so lucky.
As I sat in the woods, my mind settled on a subject that I had neglected to devote consideration to in the past. Should felons be returned their Second Amendment rights upon release from prison? Currently federal law prohibits any person convicted of a felony from possessing or purchasing a firearm. Some states laws allow hunting with a muzzle loading firearm and an exception to the federal law that is very technical makes it legal in these states.
A muzzle loader is an almost worthless self-defense weapon and hunting with the firearm is a skill that takes both talent and patience. By no means does the right to carry a muzzle loader restore a person’s Second Amendment rights.
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