The Septuagenarian Speaks: A ‘Catch-22’ and Second Amendment rights

The Septuagenarian Speaks: A ‘Catch-22’ and Second Amendment rights

The Septuagenarian Speaks I started writing this column seven months ago, while listening to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett. I focused on Democrat Illinois Senator Durbin questioning her about District of Columbia vs. Heller, the landmark 2008 US Supreme Court decision holding that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms for traditional lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. At about the same time a friend told me how she had lost her Second Amendment right. She had been caught up in a Catch-22, a draconian California law that should be changed. I didn’t submit the story at the time, because I didn’t want to inadvertently interfere with her efforts to solve her problem. California Penal Code section 29800 is commonly known as the “Felon with a Firearm” law. It is a lifetime ban on possessing or purchasing a firearm by anyone convicted of a felony. A lifetime ban. You may ask, what’s wrong with that? A fair question. If you choose to commit the crime, then you should face the consequences, right? “Commit the crime, do the time.” Let me tell you about my friend. Living in Ventura, her mother was 14 when my friend was born, and there wasn’t a dad in the picture. She recalls attending her mother’s high school graduation when she was 4. Starting with marijuana, she got into drugs at an early age. The marijuana morphed into methamphetamine. She […]

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