Stories like this make me shake my head
I'd say they make me pull my hair out, but I have little to pull, and pull my beard out just doesn't have the ring. "Can a felon own a gun? 5 loopholes in Federal law".
"Although Congress had already passed the National Firearms Act of 1934, which made it illegal for felons convicted of a violent crime to own a gun,"
No, it was the Federal Firearms Act of 1938.
"1. A 1965 amendment to the federal Firearms Act of 1938 allows felons who want to own a gun the ability to apply for "relief from the disability of not being able to possess a gun.""
Yes, and for ten years appropriation riders have made that relief unavailable.
"2. According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, in order to be prohibited from owning a gun, a convicted felon must have been convicted of a crime that is "punishable by imprisonment for more than one year." Although even the least serious felony convictions carry a sentence of up to three years, sentencing guidelines are open to the interpretation of judges. Thus while it would be rare for a felony conviction sentence to be less than one year, it is not impossible."
Which means nothing. "Punishable by imprisonment" keys on the potential sentence, not the actual sentence given.
"3. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, "Felons whose convictions have been set-aside or expunged, or for which the person has been pardoned or has had civil rights restored" are not considered "convicted" and thus they would not be prohibited from owning a gun."
Yes, that's in the statute, part of the 1986 amendments. A conviction that has been set aside, pardoned, or had civil rights restored (unless the restoration excludes gun rights) doesn't count as a conviction. That's a loophole?
"4. Certain "white collar" crimes that result in a felony conviction don't prohibit those felons from owning guns. For example, felony convictions related to antitrust laws, restraint of trade, or unfair trade practices do not carry the same prohibition on gun ownership...."
True, that was put in the GCA (and its predecessor, the Federal Firearms Act) by Tom Dodd, Sr., to protect a major corporation in CT that had a conviction of that type, and owned an ammo manufacturing firm. Being wealthy and powerful has its benefits.
"5. Some states will reinstate a felon's right to own a gun after they have served their sentence or gone through a period of "cleansing.""
This overlaps with No. 3.
This is up there with "60% of quotations found on the internet are entirely spurious." Abraham Lincoln, 1864 Inaugural Address.