- President Obama pardoned 78 people convicted of nonviolent drug offenses and reduced the sentences of 153 other individuals on Monday
- This brings his total number of such pardons to 148 and commutations to 1,176.
- The pardons and commutations are part of a sweeping initiative to release prisoners convicted under harsh, punitive drug laws enacted in prior eras.
- The 231 people granted clemency on Monday by Obama is the “largest single day act of his presidency.”
- Many of those benefiting from the administration’s review were sentenced to lengthy, sometimes lifetime sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. Read more
What's your thoughts on instituting gun permits as a prerequisite to a carry license? For instance if you would have to have passed the initial permit test, attend a certain number of hours on a shooting range with a licensed adult, and pass a final exam with a proctor at a range (all similar to the permit to license transition for driving but instead of being limited to under 18 this would be for all first time permit/license holders to take/do).