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Dec 12, 2013 8:58 AM by AP

Supreme Court rules in gun amendment case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.

In a ruling Tuesday, the court scrapped a lower court's finding that the state law forbidding felons from having firearms is now unconstitutional. But, The Advocate reports the opinion hinges on the specific circumstances of a single case, ignoring the larger question of whether the law is constitutional.

The court said the felon-in-possession law, at least in the case of Glen Draughter is reasonable, even in light of a change to the state's constitution strengthening gun rights. The Times-Picayune reports the case will be sent back to state court, where Draughter will face the gun charge.

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