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No Standing to Challenge Firearm Sales Limits (access required)

Appellants, including the Second Amendment Foundation, lose their pre-enforcement challenge to the constitutionality of a federal statute restricting interstate transfers of handguns (18 U.S.C. § 922(b)(3)); a federal regulation implementing that statute (27 C.F.R. § 478.99); and a Virginia law ...

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No Second Amendment Right for ‘Non-Violent’ Offender (access required)

Defendant, formerly a licensed firearms dealer and collector of weapons and military memorabilia, can be convicted as a felon in possession of weapons and ammunition, despite his claim that his prior convictions were for non-violent offenses; the 4th Circuit joins ...

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No ‘Impossibility’ Defense for ‘Stash House Sting’ (access required)

Although police fabricated the existence of a drug cartel’s stash house containing cocaine, which defendant coconspirators planned to rob, defendant cannot use an “impossibility” defense against a conspiracy charge, and the 4th Circuit affirms defendants’ convictions on conspiracy and firearms ...

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