NRA lawyer offers helping hand to marijuana felons who like guns

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Jerry Brown offered the sage advice that you should not smoke marijuana when using your gun.

Long Beach attorney Chuck Michel, who represents the National Rifle Association and California Rifle and Pistol Association, has a slightly different take on guns and marijuana. Michel invites anyone who has been convicted of marijuana-related offenses and wants to legally possess guns to get in touch.

The reason: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s initiative legalizing marijuana, Proposition 63, contains provisions allowing people who were convicted of certain marijuana-related felonies to petition courts to have their “convictions recalled, dismissed, and/or sealed.”

“This would eliminate the underlying conviction and, for some folks, restore their firearm possession rights,” Michel writes in his blog.

Newsom also promoted Proposition 63, the initiative to expand gun control in California by requiring people who buy ammunition to pass background checks proving they have no history of felony convictions and can legally own guns.

“I see the irony in that,” Michel said, dryly.

Take a number: 194,810

Registar of Voters Jill LaVine reports that 160,810 mail ballots and 34,000 provisional ballots remained to be counted in Sacramento County at the start of the week.

Rep. Ami “Landslide” Bera, D-Elk Grove, was leading Republican Sheriff Scott Jones by 2,583 votes as of Friday. Jerid Kurtz, Bera’s campaign manager, expects another 50,000 ballots will be counted by 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Supporters of two local tax measures held out faint hope that the final count would snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat. Measure B – the half-cent countywide sales tax for transportation and transit – had 64.77 percent yes, short of the two-thirds majority needed for passage. Measure G – Sacramento City Unified School District’s parcel tax – was at 64.89 percent.

Our take

Editorial: In his victory speech one week ago, Donald Trump promised to be president for all Americans. Now, the president-elect, who so adeptly used the media and won over crowds during his campaign, must start making good on that pledge by employing his powers of persuasion. He must act quickly to calm the nation.

Editorial: Forget protests. There’s a better way to reform the Sacramento police.

Benjamin Z. Houlton of UC Davis writes that if Donald Trump rolls back regulations, it could threaten the health of the white working class he championed.

Chris Hoene of the California Budget & Policy Center and John Scott of The Pew Charitable Trusts outline what needs to happen for the new Secure Choice retirement savings plan to work.

Their take

San Diego Union-Tribune: Google and Facebook announced that they would not allow fake news sites to use their advertising services. This is a welcome change, but not because of the silly clamor in some places that Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump as a result of the proliferation of fake news stories.

Orange County Register: A popular narrative in American media today is that Donald Trump won the presidency because those who voted for him are racist, sexist, homophobic bigots. But the facts tell a different story.

San Francisco Chronicle: Airbnb is offering to end its regulatory war with San Francisco, but the fight isn’t over yet.

Los Angeles Times: L.A. voters approved an ambitious measure that would authorize $1.2 billion to pay for 10,000 units of housing for homeless people, but there are still hurdles ahead.

The Charlotte Observer: Donald Trump’s right-hand man Stephen Bannon is bad news.

The Seattle Times: President Barack Obama should pre-emptively pardon Hillary Clinton to protect her and the United States from a vindictive, showboat prosecution by the incoming Trump administration.

Miami Herald: The Cuban government fears that when President-elect Donald Trump takes office he will put President Barack Obama’s thaw back on ice. The real threat to Cubans is not Washington; it’s the Cuban regime.

Syndicates’ take

Dana Milbank: What is President Barack Obama smiling about?

Ruben Navarrette: Is Latino voting bloc just a myth?

Kathleen Parker: Guess who’s coming to the White House.

David Brooks: The life and example of Gwen Ifill.


“Baby boomers need to accept that the world has been and is continuing to change and that the ‘wonderful life’ they experienced is long gone.” – Danny Delgado, Sacramento

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