Illegal immigrants test limits of Second Amendment in case now pending at Supreme Court

Illegal immigrants test limits of Second Amendment in case now pending at Supreme Court

Felix Alva took to the streets of Denver in the wake of George Floyd’s death in 2020. He cruised downtown, jeering at police. He became drunk and challenged officers to fights, at one point telling an undercover police officer that “this ain’t no peaceful protest.” He waved a pistol at bystanders and at one point, according to investigators, fired eight shots into the air at a police helicopter circling overhead. His big mistake, however, was holding that gun while being an illegal immigrant. SEE ALSO: Biden DOJ announces new gun control rule Out of all the mayhem in which authorities said Alva was involved, he ended up being convicted of a single crime: being in the country illegally while in possession of a firearm. Even as the Biden administration moves toward leniency toward illegal immigrants on so many fronts, there is a line the government hasn’t crossed: Possessing a firearm is still a serious offense. But the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms to “the people,” and a series of cases is testing whether that term also includes illegal immigrants. One of those cases is now before the Supreme Court, with attorneys for Javier Perez , an illegal immigrant who used a gun to disperse a gang of teens attacking another teen, asking the justices to take up the matter and settle the question. A federal judge found Perez guilty and slapped a 20-month sentence for the gun crime. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed […]

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