Crucial Ruling By Court Determines Gun Ban Unconstitutional

By Bo Beard | May 14, 2024

Unlawful gun possession

In a significant legal ruling affecting Second Amendment rights, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has declared the federal prohibition on felons possessing firearms unconstitutional when applied to non-violent offenders.
 

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The case, US v. Duarte, revolved around Steven Duarte, the defendant whose conviction for unlawful gun possession was overturned by a three-judge panel. 
 

Duarte's previous convictions

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The court concluded that Duarte's previous convictions did not involve violent acts, affirming his right to own a firearm for self-protection. This decision underscores the widening disparity among federal circuits on the constitutionality of laws barring felons from gun ownership.