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State v. Kessler
Oregon Supreme Court
614 P.2d 94 (1980)
A verbal argument between Randy Kessler (defendant) and his apartment manager grew increasingly physical. The apartment manager called the police, who arrested Kessler and found two billy clubs in his coat. Kessler was charged with disorderly conduct and possession of a slugging weapon in violation of a state law that prohibited possession of such weapons. Kessler moved to dismiss the weapon charge for failure to state a crime. The trial court dismissed the motion and found Kessler guilty on both counts. The court of appeals affirmed. Kessler appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court, arguing that the weapons law violated the Oregon constitution, which guaranteed a right to bear arms for personal defense.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Lent, J.)
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