Washington State Supreme Court Okays Gun Limits Before Conviction
Washington's high court decides to uphold a state law that prohibits some people from possessing a firearm before they have been found guilty of a crime.
SEATTLE, WA - Washington's State Supreme says gun limits are allowed before a conviction.
On Thursday, the Washington State Supreme Court decided to uphold a state law that prohibits some people from possessing a firearm before they have been found guilty of a crime.
In a 5-4 ruling, the state Supreme Court said 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.