Every felon in Connecticut-violent and non-violent alike-loses the right to bear arms upon conviction. But felons convicted of public corruption offenses in Connecticut and fifteen other states have nothing between them and the ballot once their sentences expire. Why is that? Why do these states limit a black-letter right so broadly but leave unregulated the implied "right" to hold office? Additionally, why is it that in thirteen of these states lifetime disqualification from office follows impeachment but not conviction? This Note would have Connecticut and the fifteen similarly situated states foreclose these questions with laws prohibiting corrupt politicians from holding office.
O'Malley, III, Denis J., "Guns & Governance Notes" (2016). Connecticut Law Review. 330.