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Washington Court upholds ban on firearms possession

On November 21, 2013, in State v. Jorgenson, a 5-4 majority of the Washington State Supreme Court upheld a man's conviction for violating a statute which prohibited the possession of firearms while out on bail on a "serious offense." The category of offenses deemed to be "serious" by this statute ranges widely, from burglary and vehicular assault on the one hand, to more clearly weapons related offenses such as murder, manslaughter and serious assaults on the other hand. Interestingly, the trial judge in the case did not require the surrender of any firearms as a condition of the man's release, even when specifically asked to do so  by the prosecutor.