SCOTUS Rejects Cases Involving the Restoration of 2A Rights for Non-Violent Offenders

The gun community hoped that Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States would change the way the court handles the Second Amendment cases.

However, it seems that the court has no interest in solving many fundamental questions surrounding the Americans’ right to keep and bear arms.

The court rejected Folajtar v. Garland, a case involving the restoration of Second Amendment rights to people found guilty of non-violent crimes. The case challenged the lifetime firearms prohibition for non-violent offenders under 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1).

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Folajtar made a materially false statement when filing tax returns. She confessed to the crimes, completed her three-year probation and paid a $10,000 fine, $100 assessment fee, and $250,000 in back taxes, penalties, and interest.

Folajtar petitioned to have her Second Amendment rights restored but the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld the lifetime prohibition on Nov. 24, 2020.

SCOTUS also rejected the petition in Flick v. Garland, another lifetime firearms prohibition case. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld the prohibition associated with the nonviolent conviction.

Flick was convicted of copyright infringement in 1987. He served a four and a half months sentence for smuggling counterfeit cassette tapes and paid restitution to the Recording Industry Association of America.

“A notable inventor, Flick is a peaceful, law-abiding citizen active in philanthropic, religious and civic affairs,” the petition says.

SCOTUS is still considering the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Corlett case, but there’s growing skepticism that the court will accept the petition.

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