Your Blogmeister’s Desk
Slay, Dotson, Joyce, and just about everyone of civic prominence and importance in this town is preaching gloom and doom and disaster if SCOMO doesn’t find state level absolute felon in possession laws to be square with Amendment 5.
…even though before Amendment 5, the state’s felon in possession laws were hardly ever enforced. Felon in possession raps, then and now, almost always fall to the Feds.
To add some clarity to that, I’m wondering why everyone in this town is so antsy pantsy about having a state level absolute felon in possession law when I don’t recall it ever being used that much, maybe except as an add on charge as plea bargain fodder.
But then I remembered something else: Until 2007, Missouri’s actual felon in possession law was not absolute itself. It only disallowed felons to possess firearms during their probation. Once they were off papers, they were good to go. In theory only, because the Feds’ felon in possession law has been absolute since it was enacted in 1968. What happened in 2007 is that the General Assembly made the state’s felon in possession law absolute at the same time it got rid of the ridiculous permit to purchase scheme.
Therefore, the time period before the state’s felon in possession law was made absolute in August 2007 must have been the end of the world. Right?
I think the source of the anxiety is that Joyce and Dotson know that even if the state level absolute prohibition remains, that it’s not going to result in waves of ex-felons found to be in possession of guns filling up state prisons. It’s not like there’s that much room in state prisons anyway. No, what they want is for yet another technical process crime relating to felons and firearms to exist to use as plea bargain fodder.