For those who do not qualify for an expungement, a pardon may be another option worth exploring. Pardons, however, are a much lengthier process than an expungement. Also, while pardons do restore rights – i.e. the right to carry a firearm, they do not clear your record. After a pardon is obtained, it is then possible to apply for an expungement, and attach the pardon to help further your case. Recently Mississippi’s departing Governor, Haley Barbour, granted approximately 200 pardons in his last week of office. ABC 27 in Harrisburg, Pa gauged the reaction of PA residents to the granting of so many governor’s pardons http://www.abc27.com/story/16509890/can-pa-governor-pardon-so-many-criminals .