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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Could it be?

Some sense displayed by the judiciary:

A Cuyahoga County judge's decision to allow a convicted drug criminal to own firearms for self-defense could pave the way for thousands of people with minor drug convictions to own guns.

At issue is whether an Ohio law prohibiting all drug criminals, among others, from owning guns is unconstitutional when applied to someone convicted of a misdemeanor drug charge.

The man had a misdemeanor drug possession conviction 20 years ago, that resulted in a fine. Of course, the state is trying to hair-lip the governor making him out to be as dangerous as Clyde Barret, even after police testified that the area the man lived in was known for heavy gang activity.

I'm of David Codrea's opinion that if you can't be trusted with a firearm in public, then you need a custodian. Yes, I'll go waaay out on the limb and say that even convicted felons should be able to buy firearms from dealers, because if they want a firearm, they'll get it no matter what the law is. It just might stop some theft of firearms.

And of course, there's the argument that even a felon needs to be able to protect himself, and it's hard to say that a convicted felon is somehow less of a person (even though that's the consensus).

Either way, this decision is a welcome one.


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