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Old Charge Blocks Weapons Permit

A Hayden resident believes his rights were violated when he was disqualified from obtaining a concealed weapons permit because of a felony charge from over 40 years ago. "Why are you trying to stop me from buying a gun, just because I'm charged with a crime?" said Frank Burnette. A spokesman for the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, however, insists the agency is following state law and Burnette has options to correct the situation. "By no means do we want to restrict or keep people from obtaining a concealed weapon permit," said Lt. Stu Miller. "However, if they have certain crimes on their criminal history, such as a felony charge, then we cannot issue a permit"/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Should Frank Burnette be given a concealed weapons permit?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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