Originally Posted By Greggy_D:
(AP) GOLDEN, Colo. A teenager who posted Internet photos of himself posing with guns, including one photo captioned "Angel o' death on wings o' lead," has been convicted of possession of a handgun by a juvenile.
Defense attorney Barrett Weisz said he would appeal.
The Evergreen High School student was acquitted on two other charges of handgun possession Tuesday.
The 16-year-old boy's photos were posted on the popular social networking site MySpace.com. He posed with a number of rifles and a .45-caliber pistol, a .22-caliber revolver and a .357-caliber revolver.
Juveniles in Colorado are not allowed to possess handguns, but the law allows parents to give their children permission to possess guns in their homes.
The boy's parents testified that their son had permission to handle the weapons.
The father, a gun collector who is an airline pilot and retired Air Force pilot, said he gave the boy and his brother extensive training in the safe handling of weapons.
"That doesn't mean juveniles could run around the house and do whatever he wanted with the gun," Jefferson County District Judge Brian Boatright said, noting that the father testified that his sons were not allowed to load or fire the weapons unless he was present.
The teen, who has been held in detention since his arrest in February, was to be sentenced June 1. Boatright set bond at $5,000 and ordered that the boy be evaluated and that a safety plan drawn up before he could be freed.
Evergreen High School is in the same district as Columbine High School, where two teenage gunmen killed 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves in 1999.
Unfreakingbelievable, but doesn't surprise me seeing that's it's right by Columbine, Colorado. How do the courts get away with this? Also note he's been detained since February.
To be perfectly honest, this is the part that's most disturbing to me. The courts regulating the "behavior" (for want of a better word) of a lawful activity by imposing additional "sanctions" (again, for want of a better word).
Though it could be distinguished, this isn't too far from "Yes, the law says you can legally possess that gun, but since you have children you must keep it in a safety deposit box".
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