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United States v. Huitron-Guizar

678 F.3d 1164 (2012)

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United States v. Huitron-Guizar

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

678 F.3d 1164 (2012)

Facts

Emmanuel Huitron-Guizar (defendant) was brought into the United States illegally at age three. At age 24, law-enforcement officers discovered that Huitron-Guizar was not in the United States legally and possessed three firearms. A federal law existed that prohibited several classes of people from possessing firearms. One class that was not allowed to possess firearms was illegal aliens, i.e., noncitizens who were in the United States unlawfully. The law’s purpose was to keep deadly weapons away from people who were considered irresponsible or dangerous. Huitron-Guizar was charged with violating the federal law. Huitron-Guizar moved to dismiss the charges, arguing that the federal law violated the Second Amendment. The district court denied the motion, and Huitron-Guizar appealed to the Tenth Circuit.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Kelly, J.)

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