Illegal Aliens, Guns, and Strict Liability


by Reason.com

Reason.com— Yesterday, the Supreme Court has just agreed to consider the question (which then-Judge Gorsuch had answered "yes" in an earlier opinion). Title 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) basically provides that, "It shall be unlawful for any person" who has a felony conviction, who is an illegal alien, or who belongs to some other categories, "to possess" or "receive" "any firearm or ammunition." Title 18 U.S.C. § 924(a) provides that such people shall be punished if they "knowingly violate[]" § 922(g). The...

Reason.com—More on Guns and Strict Liability. From Illinois Appellate Court Judge David Ellis's concurring opinion two weeks ago in People v. Lee: I believe that the State is required to prove that the defendant [who is charged with possessing a firearm with a defaced serial number] knew that the firearm he possessed [had a defaced serial number]. The seminal case holding otherwise, People v. Stanley, 397 Ill. App. 3d 598 (2009), was wrong when it was decided and is even more obviously wrong today, in a world where the mere possession of a...

Reason.com—Ninth Circuit Upholds Federal Ban on Gun Ownership by Illegal Aliens. The decision is U.S. v. Torres (handed down yesterday). The court doesn't decide whether "the people" in the Second Amendment includes illegal aliens, but does conclude that illegal aliens are at least outside "the core" of the Second Amendment right: "[D.C. v. Heller] tells us that the core of the Second Amendment is 'the right of law-abiding, responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home.'"

NewsBusters—CW's 'Roswell' Reboot Politicizes Space Aliens Along with Illegal Aliens. CW’s Roswell, New Mexico is the latest example of television constantly rebooting its past shows. Unfortunately, it’s also another example of television constantly shoving a leftist agenda down our throats. This newest series does its part by propping up more propaganda on behalf of illegal immigrants.