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126 Penn St. L. Rev. 211 (2021-2022)
Going off Half-Cocked: Opposing as-Applied Challenges to the "Felon-in-Possession" Prohibition of 18 U.S.C. Sec. 922(g)(1)

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Going Off Half-Cocked: Opposing As-
Applied Challenges to the Felon-in-
Possession Prohibition of 18 U.S.C. §
Anthony J. Zarillo III*
The scope of government restrictions on the sale, possession, and use
of firearms is currently one of the most hotly contested political issues
facing the United States. Opponents of gun control legislation argue that
stringent government restrictions on firearms violate the Second
Amendment's guarantee that the right of the people to keep and bear
Arms, shall not be infringed. In contrast, proponents of gun control
legislation argue that vigorous restrictions on firearms are essential to
maintain public safety and curtail gun violence.
Despite being at the forefront of political debate, the Supreme Court
speaks infrequently on the scope of the Second Amendment, having only
published three Second Amendment opinions. Because of the Court's
silence on the scope of the Second Amendment, the circuit courts of
appeals have struggled with Second Amendment issues.
One such Second Amendment issue that has confounded the circuit
courts of appeals is the validity of as-applied challenges to 18 U.S.C. @
922(g)(1), the federal law that makes it unlawful for persons convicted of
a felony to possess, purchase, or sell a firearm. Every circuit court has
* J.D. Candidate, The Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law, 2022.


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