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hoffmang
11-10-2008, 12:47 PM
All,

The oral argument (http://www.supremecourtus.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/07-608.pdf) in US v. Hayes (http://www.scotuswiki.com/index.php?title=United_States_v._Hayes) is out.

Reading tea leaves - but no certainty here - it looks like a 5-4 along the lines of Heller limiting the firearms disablement to only those convicted of a misdemeanor crime of violence with a specific element of it being against a spouse. That will remove a lot or pre 1996 convictions from NICS but doesn't directly help most folks in CA as there was an element of domesticity in California law at the time.

Decision should issue in the February/March 2009 timeframe.

-Gene