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