BREAKING: Supreme Court Agrees to Hear New Gun Rights Case
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The US Supreme Court has decided to hear a new gun rights case, the first in quite a while. The court has been noticeable quiet on the issue of gun rights since their landmark Heller decision. The court passed up several cases over the last year which could have clarified the constitutionality of “may issue” carry permits.
This new case however is very specialized. The court will determine if felons have a right to sell/transfer firearms they own after their conviction.
According to Reuters:
The court agreed to hear an appeal filed by Tony Henderson, a former U.S. Border Patrol agent who was convicted of distributing marijuana and other drug offenses in 2007 and sentenced to six months in prison.
Upon his arrest, Henderson voluntarily gave the FBI his 19 firearms. As federal felons cannot possess firearms, Henderson later sought either to sell the guns to an interested buyer or to transfer ownership to his wife.
A federal judge refused his request, as did the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a ruling this past January.
The legal question is whether the federal prohibition on felons possessing firearms terminates all ownership rights. Lower courts are divided on the issue.
It’s certainly not the case gun rights activists were hoping the court would hear, but it does raise some interesting questions.
The court will likely render their opinion before June of 2015.