Rep. Curt Oda states that he knows white-collar convicted felons who have sadly missed many years of hunting trips with their families because they have (rightfully) lost their gun rights ("Bill would allow white-collar felons to keep guns," Tribune, Feb. 7).
Since when must you own or handle a gun to participate in a family hunting excursion? I didn’t know that not being allowed to handle a firearm interfered with one’s ability to drive, hike, camp, eat, sleep, socialize, cook, point at a deer, haul a dead deer, etc. When it comes to family hunting trips, a convicted felon is denied only the activities related to owning, handling and shooting a weapon.
To choose not to participate in the many other activities involved in a family hunting trip must mean that the apparently magnetic draw of hand to metal is a temptation that is simply too powerful to resist (just as stealing money was)!
Salt Lake City
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