Man with presidential pardon still can't have guns

Man with presidential pardon still can't have guns

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CHATTANOOGA (AP) - 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, 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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