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Thu November 21, 2013
Wash. Court Says Gun Limits OK before Conviction
Washington's high court is upholding a state law that prohibits some people from possessing a firearm before they have been found guilty of a crime.
The state Supreme Court said in a 5-4 ruling on Thursday that the law did not violate the Second Amendment rights of a man who was eventually convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm. Justices in the majority opinion wrote that the law is limited in both scope and duration.
The law prohibits people from having a firearm if they have been released on bond after a judge found probable cause to believe the person has committed a serious offense.
One of the dissenting opinions says the law impermissibly denied the man his fundamental right to bear arms without due process.