Thursday, August 7, 2008

Felon's faith in Heller ruling faulty

As a follow-up to this post, we learn that the Washington county, PA, man charged with being a felon in possession of firearms was, not surprisingly, unsuccessful in challenging his prosecution based on the recent Supreme Court's Second Amendment ruling in D.C. v. Heller.
A Washington County man who tried to test the local waters following a Supreme Court decision that struck down a gun ban in the nation's capital quickly changed his mind after learning his challenge had been rejected.

James F. Barton Jr., 48, was charged last year with being a felon in possession of firearms. Agents who searched his Washington, Pa., home in May 2007 found seven pistols, five rifles and three shotguns.
Judge Bloch held a brief hearing on the matter last week before denying a motion to dismiss.

Mr. Barton decided to plead guilty a day later.
Mr. Barton previously had been convicted in Washington County in 1995 of receiving stolen property -- a firearm -- and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Article here.

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