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NCJ Number: 183542 Find in a Library
Title: Guns for Felons: How the NRA Works To Rearm Criminals
Author(s): Kristen Rand; Josh Sugarmann; Caroline Leedy
Corporate Author: Violence Policy Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: March 2000
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr on Crime, Communities and Culture
New York, NY 10106
George Gund Foundation
Cleveland, OH 44115
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL 60603
Joyce Foundation
Chicago, IL 60602
Violence Policy Ctr
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: Violence Policy Ctr
1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Suite 1014
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of the role of the National Rifle Association (NRA) in relation to laws related to the purchase and possession of guns by convicted felons concludes that the NRA has worked to put guns back into criminals’ hands, despite its claims that it supports vigorous enforcement of gun laws and efforts to keep criminals from owning guns.
Abstract: Federal law forbids persons convicted of a felony from purchasing or possessing firearms and explosives. However, a 1965 amendment to Federal law allows convicted felons to apply to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) for relief from the disability of not being able to buy and possess guns. The program was created to benefit one corporation. It quickly became a mechanism by which thousands of individuals had their gun privileges restored. A law supported by the National Rifle Association expanded the program in 1986 to allow felons convicted of gun crimes to obtain relief. Operating the relief-from-disability program cost taxpayers more than $21 million between 1985 and 1991. In addition, some felons granted relieve were subsequently rearrested for crimes that included attempted murder, first-degree sexual assault, kidnapping, child molestation, cocaine trafficking, and other offenses. The history of the guns-for-felons programs proves the NRA’s blatant hypocrisy. The NRA calls for tougher enforcement of gun laws and strong punishment for criminals, but it has worked harder to rearm convicted felons than it ever has to keep guns out of criminals’ hands. Therefore, Congress should eliminate this program. Table, footnotes, and appended table and information about crimes involving felons granted relief from disability
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Citizen gun ownership; Federal Code; Felony; Firearm-crime relationships; Gun Control; Gun control legislation; Legislative impact; National Rifle Association (NRA)
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