The Supreme Court denied an appeal from three people who who sought to have their gun rights reinstated after being convicted of non-violent crimes in a decision that has frustrated Second Amendment advocates.
The denial left in place three earlier rulings that enacted a lifelong ban on each of the citizens involved.
A third case involved a Pennsylvania man who was convicted of driving under the influence in 2005.
All three cases were argued in reference to Subsection 922(g)(1) of Title 18 of the U.S. Code that includes:
“It shall be unlawful for any person . . . who has been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year . . . to ship or transport in interstate or foreign commerce, or possess in or affecting commerce, any firearm or ammunition; or to receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.”
Adam Kraut, an attorney with the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) which represented two of the petitioners, stated, “While we are disappointed the Supreme Court chose to allow grossly improper lower court rulings to stand, FPC will continue our aggressive litigation strategy.”
The announcement comes following a string of noted shooting crimes in recent weeks. The most recent included a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis by a former employee that killed eight people and injured several others.