Continuing with the basics of firearms laws, we dive into the definition of Prohibited Persons – those who can’t possess firearms nor ammunition.
Ryan goes through the definition, explains some of the nuances of certain parts (it can get tricky) and uses it as an example to show how multiple parts of federal firearms laws were broken (in addition to murder) by the Texas church shooter and it did not stop him – therefore, more laws won’t work.
Ryan introduces an important concept – there’s a law that make is illegal for Prohibited Persons to possess firearms and ammunition and there’s a separate law that makes it illegal for the average gun owner/non-Prohibited Persons to allow a Prohibited Person to possess firearms or ammunition.
Yes, the Prohibited Person will get in trouble if caught with a firearm or ammunition, but you can get into serious trouble too by allowing them access!
Here’s an excerpt from RocketFFL’s article on who may not legally possess firearms:
A “prohibited person” is anyone who :
- is a felon,
- has been convicted of any crime punishable by more than a year in prison (whether or not they were ever sentenced to or served a day in prison),
- is under indictment for any crime punishable by more than year in prison,
- is a fugitive,
- is an unlawful user of any controlled substance,
- has been adjudicated as a mental defective,
- has been committed to a mental institution,
- is an illegal alien,
- has a dishonorable discharge from the military,
- has renounced their U.S. citizenship,
- is the subject of a restraining order restraining the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or the child of an intimate partner, or
- who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.