On Monday (April 19), the US Supreme Court refused to hear appeals on a federal law that would see a lifetime ban from buying a gun if they were convicted of a non-violent crime.
What kinds of non-violent crimes? I’m glad you asked. The law would have prohibited people convicted of the following felonies from ever owning a gun.
- Driving under the influence
- Making false statements on an income tax return
- Selling counterfeit cassette tapes.
Wait–what? Cassettes? Who wrote this law?
Turns out that back in the 80s, a man pleaded guilty for making, smuggling, and selling bootleg cassettes. As part of his sentence, he was prohibited from owning a gun for the rest of his life. He challenged the ban but this ruling effectively dashes any changes of him from being a firearm owner ever again.
Gun rights activists are furious.
(Via USA Today)