Tuesday, October 04, 2022

Court Rejects Religious Defense To Illegal Possession Of Firearm Charges

In United States v. Harper, (ND IA, Sept. 30, 2022), an Iowa federal district court refused to dismiss indictments charging defendant with  possession of a firearm by a felon and unlawful drug user.  Defendant argued that he is a Muslim who practices Sharia Law which calls for armed self-defense, including the possession of a firearm. The court, accepting the Report and Recommendation [Lexis link] of a magistrate judge, said in part:

There is no less restrictive means to achieve the Government’s compelling interest in uniformly applying gun laws for public safety than prosecuting Harper.