Judge denies restoration of gun rights to man who has 1976 misdemeanor conviction

Judge denies restoration of gun rights to man who has 1976 misdemeanor conviction

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(Shutterstock) WILLIAMSPORT – A Lycoming County man still will not legally hunt with his grandchildren because of a misdemeanor conviction more than 40 years ago. U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann Wednesday refused to restore the right of Terry E. Laudenslager of South Williamsport to possess firearms. Laudenslager pleaded guilty in 1976 to three counts of receiving stolen property (three used television sets) valued at $1,250. He was placed on three years’ probation and assessed $300 in costs. In his suit against former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and another government official, he called his situation unique in that he has been a law-abiding citizen with no history of violent behavior, is employed and he would not pose any danger by possessing a firearm. He pointed out he sold his guns immediately after being convicted and has not been in trouble since. He said he wanted to possess firearms for self-protection and so he could hunt with his grandchildren. That Laudenslager was convicted of a non-violent crime and he was not sentenced to prison weigh in his favor, the judge wrote. But, Brann ruled although the crime to which he pleaded guilty was a misdemeanor it carried a maximum prison term of five years. The state Legislature denoted the crime as the most serious of the misdemeanors with that sentence, he said. An exclusion from the prohibition on owning guns is an offense classified by a state as a misdemeanor that is punishable by a jail sentence of two […]

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