As some of you may know, federal law prohibits a person who has been convicted of a felony from owning or possessing a firearm or ammunition. Violation of this law can result in up to 10 years in prison though the sentence can be escalated to 15 years if the individual has been convicted three or more times for a violent offense. Here in Missouri, our gun control laws for felons are just as severe, seemingly barring even non-violent felons, which is something we pointed out in a September post last year.
People who have been convicted of a felony may find it alarming that they can never own or possess a firearm because of state and federal gun control laws. But what may be far more disconcerting is the fact that many jurisdictions have been known to seize firearms from convicted felons on the premise that they are eliminating the risk that the felon may use the gun irresponsibly. Unfortunately, this seemingly good deed is actually creating problems for convicted felons.