Felon Gun Bans May Be Ripe For Challenge


One of the next legal battlegrounds on gun control may be laws prohibiting felons from carrying guns. In last year’s Supreme Court ruling declaring a personal constitutional right to have a gun for self-defense, Lyle Denniston of Scotusblog says, Justice Antonin Scalia may have had to say to hold his five-Justice majority that “othing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons.”

This week, Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit questioned whether such bans should stand. In the case, Markice McCane of Oklahoma challenged his conviction for violating the federal felon dispossession law by arguing that the law was unconstitutional under the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down the Washington, D.C., handgun ban.

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