Saturday, July 19, 2008

Felons can't read..

WASHINGTON - Twice convicted of felonies, James Francis Barton Jr. faces charges of violating a federal law barring felons from owning guns after police found seven pistols, three shotguns and five rifles at his home south of Pittsburgh.

As a defense, Barton and several other defendants in federal gun cases argue that last month's Supreme Court ruling allows them to keep loaded handguns at home for self-defense.

From the decision:

"The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast
doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by
and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms
in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or
laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of

From Volokh:

"Many felons may need self defense more than you and I, but the government has extra justification for limiting that right because they have proven themselves to be untrustworthy," Volokh said.

While some will argue that not all felonies are equal, and that's true, this isn't a case of "self-defense". Had he had one or two guns, that might be legit. He had 15.

Sorry buddy, you're going to lose.

Makes me wonder who's financing this.

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