Fast facts: Ban on Nonviolent Felon Gun Possession Ruled Unconstitutional

  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California ruled that the federal ban on possession of firearms by felons is unconstitutional as applied to the defendant in this case. 
  • The court based its decision on specific facts and historical context regarding the individual’s convictions. 
  • This ruling applies only within the Ninth Circuit and does not bind other federal circuits in the U.S. 
  • Nonviolent felons in other circuits should not assume this decision applies to them and should seek legal advice before possessing firearms. 
  • U.S. LawShield® members can contact an Independent Program Attorney for guidance on how this decision might affect them. 

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