BREAKING: National Guard Armory Shooting Arrest

BREAKING: National Guard Armory Shooting Arrest

  • Teenager Arrested

    07/10/14 12:19:49 PM

    A 15-year-old has been arrested in the Perry County fatal shooting at the National Guard Armory yesterday.  click here for more

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Tennessee Case Considered in Supreme Court Gun Ban Decision

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court debated Wednesday how to apply a federal gun ban to those with misdemeanor domestic violence records, with justices trying to figure out a middle road between what one justice called two extreme positions.


Justices heard arguments from government officials who want the ban to apply to James Castleman, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault in 2001 in Tennessee. He was then charged in 2009 with illegal possession of a firearm after he and his wife were accused of buying guns and selling them on the black market.


Federal law bars a person convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence involving physical force or a deadly weapon from possessing a firearm. A federal judge threw the gun charges out because the Tennessee law doesn't require that physical force must have been used in misdemeanor domestic assaults. 

That decision was upheld by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


Federal officials say under their interpretation, violent force is not required for the gun ban to apply, which could mean that just touching could lead to a conviction. Castleman's lawyer said under his interpretation, not all attacks that led to bodily injury would apply, only those "involving a powerful use of force."

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