Rare loss for gun rights claimant arguing restoration of jury service should grant right to gun possession
In Walker v. United States, the Sixth Circuit rejected the plaintiff's claim that his right to possess a firearm should be restored. Under Tennessee law, Walker had never lost his right to hold public office, but as a convicted felon he had lost his right to vote. When his right to serve on a jury was restored, he argued that his federal civil rights should be fully restored--including the right to possess a firearm. The Court summarily rejected his claim, basically holding that his gun rights should be restored only where the convicting authority had made a reasoned decision about "restoration," taking into account the nature of the felony conviction and rehabilitation.