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Posted: 10/8/2002 10:11:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/8/2002 10:12:30 AM EDT by KBaker]
[url]www.reporter-news.com/1998/2002/texas/texas_San_Angel108.html[/url]
[size=3]San Angelo man convicted of criminal charges in Second Amendment case[/size=3] A former San Angelo doctor who challenged a federal law in a Second Amendment case was convicted Monday of firearm possession charges. A federal jury convicted Timothy Emerson of three counts of possessing a firearm. He was charged in 1998 after buying a pistol while under a restraining order during a divorce proceeding. U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings originally dismissed the charge against Emerson, ruling that the federal statute used to charge Emerson violated his Second Amendment right to bear arms. But the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the judge's ruling in October 2001. The 5th Circuit ruled that an individual has a right to bear arms -- a victory for gun rights advocates -- but that the right could be restricted under some circumstances. The case went back to the district court after the Supreme Court in June said it would not hear the case and a similar gun-rights case.
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No big surprise.
Link Posted: 10/8/2002 10:19:40 AM EDT
It will be hailed as a great victory for gun control, which it is.
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