I'm glad to hear that sentiment may be spreading. I completely agree that once an individual serves their time and is released they should be given all rights back. I mean, when it boils right down to it. The same logic used against all out gun bans applies to this debate as well.
Only the law abiding are forbidden from owning firearms. It wont stop the criminals, so there is no point.
P.S. sounds like Perry was just playing to the NRA/TSRA guys while trying not to upset the OC guys.