Thursday, March 21, 2013 11:40 pm
La. law barring felons from owning guns rejected
The Associated Press
District Judge Darryl Derbigny's ruling Thursday sends the issue straight to the Louisiana Supreme Court, which must decide whether the statute infringes on Louisiana citizens' now-enhanced right to gun possession.
The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/162MTjJ ) the Orleans Parish public defenders' office challenged the constitutionality of the statute on behalf of a half-dozen clients, all charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
If the Supreme Court sides with Derbigny, the law will be scrapped and the Legislature forced to rewrite it.
Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com