Twice convicted of felonies, James Francis Barton Jr. faces charges of violating a federal law barring felons from owning guns after police found seven pistols, three shotguns and five rifles at his home south of Pittsburgh.
As a defense, Barton and several other defendants in federal gun cases argue that last month’s Supreme Court ruling allows them to keep loaded handguns at home for self-defense.
“Felons, such as Barton, have the need and the right to protect themselves and their families by keeping firearms in their home,” says David Chontos, Barton’s court-appointed lawyer.
Hmmmm, this could be an interesting challenge. The court ruled individuals have a right to keep firearms in their homes for self-defense. Are felons an exception? Quite logically, they could be an exception, because they’ve already proven to society that they can’t be trusted, but perhaps the courts will have to define, or set some parameters around, exactly what crimes constitute justification to restrict gun ownership. Maybe it’s just conviction of a felony, maybe it depends on the felony.
No matter the outcome of this case, there will be more challenges to gun laws coming down the line. After all, it didn’t take long for people to challenge Chicago’s handgun ban after the court’s ruling. I wouldn’t start saving for a machine gun, however. Ain’t gonna happen, the 1934 law restricting civilian use of machine guns won’t get overturned. I also fully suspect a Clinton-style ban on “assault weapons” will also be upheld by the court. But hey, what do I know? Maybe the court WOULD rule that an individual has a right to keep an AK-47 in his/her home . . . for self-defense. But why a semi-automatic AK-47, and not a full-auto? See, the court will have to use its best judgment, and I have a feeling they’d back a ban assault weapons whether they’re semi-automatic or fully automatic. But hey, if Obama becomes President then we’ll all see. You KNOW this guy doesn’t want you to own anything beyond a bolt-action rifle.
My refrigerator died this morning, and I’m very annoyed. It’s a General Electric, less than a year old. :-S More than just stop keeping items cool, it actually HEATED the fridge side (freezer side still works). It had just been filled with gallons of milk, yogurt, veggies, and I still had a few beers left in it, though unlike milk I can probably still salvage them.
– Ranger Man
BTW: China has essentially begun shutting down Beijing to clear the air for the Olympics. What we’ll see when the Olympics are aired is a picturesque, clean, sexy China. Oh yes, party people, China has been going nuts on projects and improvements since the 2008 location was announced. They want to present a real special image of China to the rest of the world. Everyone will watch the Olympics and think, “China looks so great.” Yeah . . . sure . . . lets go where the television cameras won’t go. 3/4’s of all the water flowing through China’s urban centers is unsuitable for drinking or fishing. But hey, humans have no impact on the environment, right? Global warming is a myth.
lol – ;-)
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I gotta call a refrigerator repair man to get the unit fired back up again. Gotta burn some more fossil fuels to keep that beer cold, or maybe I should use more natural, eco-friendly cooling techniques.