Man Convicted of Gun Charges Among 17 Pardoned by Obama on Friday 3-1-2013Submitted by go213mph on Sat, 03/02/2013 - 03:19
Seventeen people were pardoned by President Barack Obama on Friday, including a Georgia man charged with possessing an unregistered firearm.
Larry Wayne Thornton of Forsyth, Ga., faced four years of probation until he was pardoned by Obama.
The Obama move flies in the face of calls from the president and other Democrats for stricter gun laws after the December shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
Democrats are pushing for options that rage from a ban on assault weapons to universal background checks.
Also pardoned was Lynn Marie Stanek of Oregon, who was charged with using a communications facility to distribute cocaine. She faced six months in jail and five years of probation.