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Landmark Ruling Regarding Gun Rights Overturns Decades-Old Law Prohibiting Illegal Drug Users from Owning or Possessing Firearms

 Posted on September 08, 2023 in Arizona Gun Laws

By: Michelle BehanShutterstock_1458654980-min.jpg

In early August, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that a federal law which prohibited illegal drug users from owning firearms was unconstitutional and in violation of the 2nd Amendment.  

The original restriction prevented even non-violent drug users from owning firearms, a restraint that the circuit court said was unsupported by “strong historical roots” involving firearms regulation.

The “strong historical roots” standard was initially announced by the US Supreme Court last year in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, a case which will undoubtedly pave the way for more challenges to firearms restrictions.  The 5th Circuit ruling is one of many which struck down laws restricting firearms owners, such as a prohibition on gun ownership by those citizens who are merely accused of a crime.   

If you have been denied your 2nd Amendment rights, contact the Rights Restoration lawyers at The Behan Law Group.  Your rights are our priority.  Contact us at 520-485-7143 and let us help you set the record straight.  

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