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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Does application of the law to persons convicted prior to the law's effective date violate constitutional rights?

No. This provision is not being applied retroactively or in violation of the Ex Post Facto clause of the Constitution. This is because the law does not impose additional punishment upon persons convicted prior to the effective date, but merely regulates the future possession and receipt of firearms on or after the effective date. The provision is not retroactive merely because the person’s conviction occurred prior to the effective date.