Supreme Court Limits Reach of Gun Law
The Supreme Court issued a decision this week limiting the reach of the felon in possession law which prohibits those convicted of a felony from possessing a firearm. The Court ruled that for the law to apply, the prior conviction cannot be one from another country.
The majority arrived at that conclusion by interpreting the statute's reference to a conviction in "any court" to mean "any court in the United States." Justice Stephen G. Breyer's majority opinion said that in the absence of any indication that Congress even considered the issue when it enacted the law in 1968, the court should apply a legal presumption that "Congress ordinarily intends its statutes to have domestic, not extraterritorial, application."
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