Court: No Armed Immigrants for Public Safety’s Sake

immigrants being searched. Travis County. 287(g) expands to 18 Texas counties.
Image: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

A federal court agrees that immigrants without legal status may not be legally armed.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court in San Francisco has upheld a law that prohibits people in the country illegally from possessing guns.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Tuesday that the law does not violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The judges said immigrants who are armed and in the U.S. illegally could pose a threat to officers trying to remove them.

They also said those immigrants are hard to monitor and have already shown they don’t respect the law.

The ruling came in the case of Victor Manuel Torres, a Mexican national who was convicted after officers found a revolver in his backpack.

Adam Gasner, an attorney for Torres, said he was studying the opinion and has not yet decided whether to appeal.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Associated PressCopyright Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Read more news about gun law:

Washington’s Assault Rifle Restrictions Now on Par with Handgun Restrictions

About the author


EfficientGov Staff

EfficientGov is an independent information service providing innovative solutions to fiscal and operational challenges facing cities and towns around the world.