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MO: Missouri supreme court upholds ban on felons possessing firearms
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The Supreme Court of Missouri on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a statute prohibiting convicted felons from possessing firearms does not violate the Missouri Constitution's right to bear arms. The appellant, Santonio McCoy, was convicted under Section 571.070.1(1) [text] making it illegal for offenders convicted of prior felonies to possess firearms and appealed arguing it violated the Missouri Constitution's right to bear arms as provided by Article 1, Section 23 [text].
Ed.: The controlling version of the MO constitution in this case was prior to the recent RKBA amendment.
|What is really at issue here, and which is conspicuously absent, is any reference to "violent felons".
A felony is a felony is a felony, ISN'T necessarily a "felony".
The term is used to disqualify non-violent offenders who have served their sentences, who pose no physical danger to themselves or society.
This differentiation must be addressed by the Court, and straightened out. It certainly is unjust.