Together, the City, the Archdiocese, the Chamber, SSM Health, and the Demetrious Johnson Foundation contend the following:
- Gun violence has wide-ranging impacts throughout the community, resulting in needless deaths, fractured families, significant societal costs, and hindered economic development.
- The felon-in-possession law is an essential tool for reducing gun violence.
- The Circuit Court's decision threatens to take away one of law enforcement's few tools to reduce gun violence.
"Violence is too rampant in the African-American community and guns kill too many of our young folks," Demetrious Johnson said. "When you're talking about giving people who have already proven to be irresponsible an option to carry a deadly weapon, you're opening it up to be the Wild, Wild West. We should give convicted felons a second chance to succeed in life, but they don't need a gun to do it."
The amici ask the Court to uphold the constitutionality of the Felon in Possession law and allow law enforcement to continue trying to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
A copy of the amicus brief is below.
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