LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ A judge has ruled that a Lincoln ordinance can’t bar a man from possessing a firearm just because he’s been found guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Judge Kevin McManaman of Lancaster County District Court last week overturned a county court conviction of 25-year-old Evan Bell, saying the ordinance violated Bell’s right to keep and bear arms.
An officer Bell contacted in July 2017 about another case cited Bell after learning Bell had a handgun, violating city code because he’d been convicted twice of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
McManaman ruled that Bell’s misdemeanor convictions weren’t enough to completely deprive him of any rights under the Second Amendment, in part because the elements of his crimes didn’t include violence.