Back to the subject of how a "felony" conviction strips you of all gun rights for life in this state.... do y'all realize how many crimes are "felonies," and how broadly-worded those laws are? Many acts that our statutes would call felonies should be misdeanors, or perhaps actionable torts without any criminal sentence attached to them. Take a look, for example at 16-9-93. Three computer-related crimes are created. They are all 15 year felonies. Folks, auto theft is only a 10 year felony. Suppose some 17 year old high school kid finds out a friend's password and logs onto his My Space social networking site account and makes some funny changes in the profile, maybe substituting a picture of a pig's rump for his buddy's senior portrait photo. That's computer trespass. 15 years in prison! There is no "misdemeanor" version of this crime, even if the defendant didn't cause any financial loss to the victim, even if the changed data was quickly restored, and even if the offender stood nothing to gain other than the satisfaction of pulling-off a prank successfully. Ever hear of kids downloading songs from the internet by way of file-sharing websites? Suppose somebody blatantly violated the Terms of Service (TOS) for a site like Napster by giving false information at the time they registered, so that they could get some pirated music anonymously. Even if the name and address and contact information they gave at the time of registration were completely fictional, and no real person was at risk of getting falsely accused of piracy that this teen was doing, it's still computer theft. Using a computer network to take intellectual property. Felony. Up to 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Goodbye right to vote, hold office, own a firearm, etc. Just for registering on Napster using Abraham Lincoln's name and the White House address in order to hear Michael Jackson songs without having to help make that pedophile any richer than he already is. Well, maybe instead of "computer theft" it may be better charged as "computer forgery." Guess what? Same penalty. The maximum penalty for stealing somebody's checkbook and writing yourself a $1500 check, signing their name, and cashing it at the local liquor store is 11 years in prison (1 for stealing the check, and 10 more for first-degree forgery). Why should "computer" forgery carry a penalty that is 50% harsher and doesn't even have any sort of dollar value threshhold that must be met to qualify it as a felony? Okay, I'm coming down off the soap-box now.