Attention, #NRA and other #gun rights advocates: a federal judge Friday said a misdemeanor that occured in 1968 is sufficient to block a gun purchase in the 21st century.
In a 15-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer said the gun-purchase prohibition does not violate the Second Amendment rights of Jefferson Wayne Schrader. The facts are these, as related by Judge Collyer:
Back in 1968 when Jefferson Schrader was 20 years old and in the Navy, he was in a fistfight with a member of a gang that had previously attacked him on the street in Annapolis, Maryland. He was arrested and convicted in a Maryland State court of common law misdemeanor assault and battery. He received a $100 fine and no jail time. Forty years later, as Mr. Schrader attempted to purchase firearms, his attempts were rebuffed when he was identified in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) as ineligible since his 1968 conviction could have resulted in a sentence of two years or more and federal law prohibited his purchase.
Collyer concluded that, as old and seemingly minor as it was, Schrader's conviction was still sufficient to fit under the prohibitions enumerated in the Brady gun control act.