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Tennessee man with presidential pardon still can't have guns

April 15th, 2013 1:12 pm by Staff Report

Tennessee man with presidential pardon still can't have guns

CHATTANOOGA — An Athens man, who was pardoned by President Barack Obama of a petty crime committed more than a half-century ago still can't own guns.

Roy Grimes received word on March 1 that the president had pardoned him for altering a $41 money order in December 1960. The 72-year-old Grimes had asked for the pardon, partly because he likes classic Western heroes and wanted to collect the weapons they used.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/11gwE0r ), Grimes' attorney, Patrick Noel, checked with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and was told there is no provision for restoring the gun ownership rights of someone convicted of a crime. Not even a presidential pardon changes that.

The TBI said the Tennessee Code Annotated states anyone convicted of a felony can't have guns.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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