May 23, 2013
United States of America, Appellee,
Gary Bogle, Defendant-Appellant.
Argued: February 6, 2013
Defendant Gary Bogle challenges his conviction for possessing a firearm and body armor as a convicted felon, arguing that 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) violates his Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. We hold that § 922(g)(1) does not violate Bogle's Second Amendment rights, and AFFIRM his conviction.
Nicholas J. Pinto, New York, New York, for Defendant-Appellant.
Todd Kaminsky, Assistant United States Attorney (Jo Ann M. Navickas and Tali Farhadian, Assistant United States Attorneys, on the brief), for Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney, Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn, New York, for Appellee.
Before: Walker, Katzmann, and Lynch, Circuit Judges
Gary Bogle appeals his conviction for possessing a firearm and body armor as a convicted felon. The relevant facts are set forth in the summary order disposing of the majority of Bogle's arguments. We write only to address whether 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) violates the Second Amendment, an issue that we have not yet decided by precedential opinion.
Bogle argues that § 922(g)(1), which makes it unlawful for a convicted felon to possess a firearm in or affecting interstate commerce, violates his Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Bogle relies on recent Supreme Court opinions developing a more expansive interpretation of the Amendment. But in both of these opinions, the Supreme Court clearly emphasized that recent developments in Second Amendment jurisprudence should not "be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons." District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, 626 (2008); see also McDonald v. City of Chicago, 130 S.Ct. 3020, 3047 (2010) ("We made it clear in Heller that our holding did not cast doubt on such longstanding regulatory measures as prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons . . . . We repeat those assurances here." (citation and internal quotation marks omitted)). We therefore join every other circuit to consider the issue in affirming that § 922(g)(1) is a constitutional restriction on the Second Amendment rights of convicted felons.
For the foregoing reasons, the judgment of the district court is AFFIRMED.