The supreme court has been pretty shy about gun cases since the Heller Decision. They have the right to turn away cases, and thus haven't really wanted much to do with anything related to guns. The Supreme Court will be hearing a case in regards to felons and the firearms they owned prior to their conviction.
As it stands now, felons forgo quite a few rights including the ability to own firearms. A Border Patrol Agent got into some hot water back in 2007 for some drug charges turned in his weapons to the FBI as he was no longer allowed to own them as a convicted felon. Check out this news clip via Reuters:
Upon his arrest, Henderson voluntarily gave the FBI his 19 firearms. As federal felons cannot possess firearms, Henderson later sought either to sell the guns to an interested buyer or to transfer ownership to his wife.
A federal judge refused his request, as did the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a ruling this past January.
The legal question is whether the federal prohibition on felons possessing firearms terminates all ownership rights. Lower courts are divided on the issue.
In this case the Supreme Court will decide what happens in similar situations in the future. Don't hold your breath on this because the wheels of government turn very slowly. A decision probably won't be made until summer of next year, but I'm sure this case doesn't apply to most of you anyway.
I'm all about guns being matched with the right owners and if guns that were owned by felons can be given a new life with a law abiding, tax paying, new owner, I say we go for it. What do you guys think?