Misdemeanors no bar to gun ownership in Illinois

This is one of those victories that seems small, but adds up quickly. Basically, someone with a misdemeanor battery conviction in the past wants to buy a gun, and the Illinois Supreme Court said unanimously that despite the plain language of the law, she could do so (including, as this is Illinois, obtaining a FOID and so on). The court treated the right to own a gun as equivilent to rights like voting, serving on a jury, and holding office.

The downside is, it's specific to this individual, at least for now. The court is telling the legislature they need to do a better job defining who loses their firearms rights when, and that this specific situation has gone too far.

Hat tip to Saysuncle.

This entry was published Wed Jan 29 02:47:21 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2020-01-29 01:05:39.0. [Tweet]

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