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About Damned Time

Monday, January 9, 2017 21:01
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I have complained on this forum for quite a while about 18 USC 922(g)(1) dating back to 2005.  Recently over at Quora someone asked What would you change about American gun laws? My answer:

It would be simpler to ask “What wouldn’t you change about America’s gun laws?” Other answers here have been interesting, but I think in this case I will answer a slightly different question: “What ONE gun law would you change if you could?”

I would change 18 U.S. Code § 922 (g)(1)

It shall be unlawful for any person who has been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year to ship or transport in interstate or foreign commerce, or possess in or affecting commerce, any firearm or ammunition; or to receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

Do you have any idea how many “crimes” are “punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year”? Note that you don’t have to actually be sentenced to “more than one year,” just that the sentence could be more than one year.

Here’s a few examples:

It used to be that “felony” meant:

a crime, typically one involving violence, regarded as more serious than a misdemeanor, and usually punishable by imprisonment for more than one year or by death.

Now misdemeanors come with possible sentences of two years, and you can be charged with a felony for failing to pay for a movie ticket. And there’s no path to get your rights back.

If I could change nothing else, I’d change that.

Well, it’s being challenged in court, and one of the lawyers challenging it is Alan Gura (h/t to SayUncle for the pointer).  Gura won in the 3rd Circuit, but is also pursuing a similar case in the D.C. District Court.  The government has filed a petition for certoriari to the Supreme Court after their loss in the 3rd Circuit.  Hopefully a good replacement for Scalia will be seated on the Court in time to hear it, should they grant cert.

On an unrelated note, I just realized that this is my first post for 2017.  I guess I really am cutting back.



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