second amendment

Second Amendment debate moves to state courts

by Eric Black,  |  published on March 2, 2013

After two relatively recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings shook up the pre-existing understanding of the guns rights, state courts are now beginning to reconsider their existing laws on who can and cannot possess a gun.

The Minnesota Supreme Court confronted that issue Wednesday the case of Minnesota vs. Andrew Anthony Craig [PDF] of St. Paul, ruling that the right to keep and bear arms in Minnesota does not extend to violent criminals, and that includes those active in the drug trade.

Here are the facts of the case and still-emerging legal questions it illustrates:

According to the Minnesota Supreme Court, Craig was arrested in his car, in the aftermath of a domestic incident, with a loaded .22-caliber revolver in his backpack.

Minnesota law makes it a crime for a person who has been convicted of a violent crime to possess a firearm.

Craig had a prior felony conviction for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance offense and, at the time of his arrest, was free on probation. He was convicted of being a convicted felon in possession of a gun.

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