Fairfax, Va. – The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled today that it is unconstitutional for Chicago to treat people with non-violent misdemeanor convictions the same as convicted felons. The NRA-supported case, Gowder v. Chicago, involves plaintiff Shawn Gowder, who was convicted as a first-time offender for mere possession of a firearm in violation of Illinois law in 1995. His misdemeanor record did not block him from getting a state Firearm Owner’s Identification card, so he could still legally possess a gun in IllinoisSo basically he had a gun w/o a FOID at one time. This was originally a felony but that was reduced to misdemeanor under another court case. The city argued that Gowder was more likely to go on a killing spree since he had a misdemeanor on his record:
So strip people of their rights because of what they 'might' do. That sounds very similar to the argument made my Elliot Fineman of the NG(V)AC that equates speeding w/ mass murder. That's the anti-gun way.“Handgun purchasers with at least one misdemeanor conviction had a 7.5 times higher risk for a later offense,” the city wrote, citing a study that Gowder’s lawyers said was flawed.“The study importantly concluded that convicted misdemeanants like Plaintiff, who choose to own weapons — exactly what Plaintiff desired to do — are at an increased risk for committing future violent crimes,” the city countered.