Tony Underwood wanted a gun. The Nebraska State Patrol had a problem with that.In a decision that clarifies who can get a concealed weapon permit, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled the Patrol had the law on its side when it turned down Underwood's application. Being a convicted sex offender is reason enough, according to the high court.
|Tony Underwood (Photo: NSP)|
Underwood went to court claiming, in part, that “physical force” is required for a crime of violence. What the Nebraska Supreme Court pondered was whether a 32-year-old man touching a 12-year-old girl while she slept could be defined as a crime of violence. As the Justice's ruling issued last week concluded: "Underwood’s reasoning is flawed." He will not get his gun.
The ruling effectively blocks any Nebraska sex offender from getting a permit to carry a concealed weapon, and it also clarifies that child sexual assault at any level can be considered a crime of violence.
Read the full ruling here.