By Steve Elliott
An Army veteran who retired in 1993 after 20 years of military service is fighting to restore his Second Amendment rights after learning when trying to buy a gun that he can't own one -- due to a marijuana misdemeanor from 42 years ago.
Ron Kelly was in high school when he got busted for pot in 1971, reports Cheryl K. Chumley at The Washington Times.
Kelly said he'd forgotten all about the pot charge when he tried to buy a .22 rifle at the Wal-Mart in Tomball, Texas. But the clerk told him he didn't pass the computerized background check, reports Dane Schiller at the Houston Chronicle.
Federal law, specifically the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, says that any person convicted of a crime -- even a misdemeanor -- that carries the potential for two years in jail can be denied gun ownership, The Blaze's Jason Howerton reports.
Kelly said he he'd spent the night in jail back in 1971, and served a year of probation. He didn't know he'd lost his gun rights, and meanwhile, he estimated he'd fired more than 100,000 rounds while serving in the Army infantry.