Civil Rights Group Defends Citizen Denied Gun Ownership Due To Old Misdemeanor Charge

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Civil rights group defends citizen denied gun ownership due to old misdemeanor chargeProtectors of the Second Amendment have filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Eric Holder and the FBI over a law that denies gun rights to individuals with a misdemeanor conviction.

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is acting on behalf of a Vietnam War veteran, Wayne Schrader, who was twice denied the opportunity to own a firearm because of a misdemeanor charge stemming from an altercation that happened more than 40 years ago. Schrader was arrested in 1968 for defending himself against a member of a street gang in Maryland, according to the plaintiff's complaint.

Schrader was denied gun ownership rights on two separate occasions, in 2008 and 2009. The FBI also ordered Schrader, who wanted a gun for personal protection, to surrender any guns he may have owned or face criminal prosecution.

"No fair-minded person can tolerate gun control laws being applied this way," said SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. "Mr. Schrader's case is a great example of why gun owners cannot trust government bureaucrats to enforce gun laws."

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