The Texas Tribune reports:
It is no longer constitutional to ban people under felony indictment from buying guns, a federal judge in Texas ruled today. U.S. District Judge David Counts, appointed by former President Donald Trump to Texas’ western federal district, found that a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling from June invalidates federal law which prohibits those charged with a felony from obtaining a gun. It was not immediately clear if the ruling would be appealed.
This summer, the high court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association vs. Bruen, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, struck down the state’s concealed carry law and held that courts going forward should uphold gun restrictions only if there is a tradition of them in U.S. history. Counts said he found no such history for limiting access to guns for those charged but not convicted of felony crimes, though he acknowledged his search was “not exhaustive.”
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A Texas judge ruled that people under felony indictment have the right to buy guns under the Second Amendment. He based his decision on a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, that struck down New York’s concealed carry law. https://t.co/D54aFTBKRm
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) September 19, 2022