The phrase convicted felon makes most people’s ears perk up. There is a stigma associated with those that have been convicted of a felony crime. Without any background knowledge of the nature of the felony conviction or the atmosphere the crime took place, the word “felon” has the ability to define a person.
The truth of the matter is not all felons are created equally. Some felons were convicted of violent crimes and some don’t have a violent bone in their bodies. Some of the convictions occurred more than 10, 20, or even 30 years ago. Yet in most states they are treated the same and none are permitted to own modern firearms.
The Oklahoma City police arrested a felon last weekend at a gun show because he was attempting to sell a gun. The officers uncovered his record as a convicted felon while completing a background check. KOCO.com has the report.
Police said Richard Britt was attempting to sell an H&K P30 handgun at the show. Off-duty Oklahoma City police officers who we working security for the gun show had talked to Britt and discovered he was a convicted felon. Britt was convicted previously of second-degree burglary and receiving or concealing stolen property.
According to the police report, an officer asked Britt if he knew he was a convicted felon and could not have a firearm.
“Yea I was only imprisoned for nine and a half months, and it was so long that I thought they had pardoned it,” Britt reportedly told the officer. Britt was convicted in 1985.
Thirty years is a long time to go without being permitted by the State the Second Amendment right to own a modern firearm. In a previous Felony Friday entry, “Should Felons Have Second Amendment Rights Restored Upon Release?”, I questioned if individuals can truly be considered free if they are not permitted to defend themselves with equal force.