On May 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court granted felons more control over what happens to the guns they can no longer have. The case involved a man facing a federal felony charge who surrendered his guns as a condition of bail. The man was later convicted of the charge. With a felony conviction, he could no longer possess firearms under federal law. But could he arrange for sale of his guns to a friend? Could he have them transferred to his wife?
The Supreme Court unanimously decided that federal law doesn’t necessarily prohibit this kind of gun transfer. It held that a judge may allow the transfer of a felon’s lawfully owned guns if the felon won’t have any control over them.
For more on the ruling, see SCOTUS Decides What Felons Can Do With Their Surrendered Guns.