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article imageLouisiana Supreme Court considers case about felons owning guns

By Justin King     Oct 14, 2013 in Crime
A 2012 amendment to the Louisiana Constitution holds the ownership of firearms to be a “fundamental” right. At the time of writing, the Court is deciding whether that right extends to convicted felons.
Associate Justice John Weimer of Thibodaux seemed unconvinced of a completely unassailable right to firearms ownership when he asked New Orleans public defender, Colin Reingold
Don’t you admit that there are some lines we have to draw?
It is obvious that at certain times, such as when a prisoner is incarcerated, that the right will be suspended, but the question of what happens after the inmate has served their time is up for debate.
Louisiana’s law barring possession of firearms by convicted felons was drafted in 1975, and is made up of a listing of crimes that prohibit firearms ownership upon conviction. The list includes violent crimes, drug possession, and simple burglary. The penalty is not less than ten years of “hard labor.”
The new amendment was passed with close to 75% approval from voters. The text, which has created what most agree, is the strongest firearm rights protection in the country reads:
The right of individuals to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms for defense of life and liberty, and for all other legitimate purposes, is fundamental and shall not be denied or infringed, and any restriction on this right must be subjected to strict scrutiny.
The case before the court was brought in defense of 21-year-old Glen Draughter who plead guilty to a charge of attempted burglary in 2012, making him ineligible to own firearms for life under the 1975 law.
The court has given no indication of when a decision would be handed down.
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