Man, no where in the 2nd do I see an age requirement.
This one has your name written all over it!
Just because WE know it's wrong doesn't mean KIDS know it.
Plus, you've got the immaturity factor. Kids inherently don't have good judgment. That's what maturation accomplishes.
When your son's friend came to pick him up today, your son had three (toy) shotguns sticking out of his backpack, a (toy) M-16 with grenade launcher in his hand and a (toy) pistol in a holster on his hip.
I realize these guns aren't real, but it begs the question if perhaps he is in need of appropriate disciplinary action ...
After seven paragraphs, I am then able to figure out what state this is in.
Of all the stuff going on at Myspace.com this is the least offensive.
Being photographed with some guns in your own private home is a crime?!?! I'm scratching Colorado off my list of possible vacation destinations.
All I can see for sure that he did is to pose, somewhere, with some guns, and put the photos on the internet. No threat whatsoever to the school or any other soul.
So he should be found Not Guilty on the three misdemeanor possession charges, and then he should sue the bejeebers out of everybody.
IMO, all laws should have a sunset of not more than twenty years. That's the only way I can think of to keep the byers mucked out sufficiently.
Well if it's illegal to post pics of yourself with guns on MySpace, I'll be waiting for BATFE to come knocking any minute now...
Suspended and possibly expelled from school for having taken pictures of himself with guns at home? How can the school do that?
The kid was in his own home posing with guns wich is not a violation of any law on the books.In almost every state in the nation children can go hunting starting at 10 years old and younger.There were some storys on freerepublic about 8 year old girls bagging deer and bears are we goingot bust out the child model handcuffs and send in the swat team to lead them away to barbies malibu bighouse?.
3. Handgun Possession by Minors
It is illegal for a minor to possess a handgun, with certain exceptions. It is illegal for an adult to transfer a handgun to a minor:
18 U.S.C. 922(x):
"(x)(1) It shall be unlawful for a person to sell, deliver, or otherwise transfer to a person who the transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe is a juvenile...
(A) a handgun;...
(2) It shall be unlawful for any person who is a juvenile to knowingly possess...
(A) a handgun;..."
There are some exceptions allowing juveniles to possess handguns while ranching or farming, or engaged in lawful target shooting or hunting. But even then, current federal law demands that the juvenile have prior written permission from her parents, and must carry that permission at all times with her while in possession of the handgun.
It would be a mistake to think that teenagers helping on their parents' ranches and farms are actually complying with this silly statute. On the ranch, they do not carry around prior written permission. Off the ranch, they may carry a handgun in their pickup truck for protection while driving on isolated rural roads at night, as people in their family have for many generations. It is doubtful that most farmers and ranchers even know of the federal statute--or have much interest in studying it.
For a lot of people, federal gun laws have become like the Internal Revenue Code: it exists, but the populace dislikes it, evades it, and does not want to waste energy trying to understand it. The Tax Code and the gun laws and regulations are frustrating, arcane laws which are genuinely understood by only a small group of specialists. We have seen how the citizenry feels about the Tax Code and the IRS. It would be naïve in the extreme to believe that firearms owners do not have the same opinions of the gun laws and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
Current proposals in Congress would make the juvenile gun ban even worse. Senate Bill 254 (which is currently in a conference committee), would a mandatory one year minimum sentence on any adult who transfers a handgun to a juvenile, regardless of the circumstances. A father who gives a family heirloom in a locked glass case to a son on the sons seventeenth birthday would spend a mandatory year in prison. Mandatory sentences may make good sound bites, but they are cruel and thoughtless when applied in the real world.
Senate Bill 254 would also extend the juvenile handgun ban to possession of so-called "assault weapons" and to ammunition clips holding more than 10 rounds. Magazines holding more than 10 rounds for rifles or handguns are commonly used for target shooting, for predator control, for self-defense, and for other lawful and enjoyable purposes, such as plinking at tin cans. If a 17-year-old can be trusted with a rifle and a 10-round magazine, it does not make sense to turn him and his parents into criminals just for using a 15 round magazine instead of a 10 round magazine.
As for "semiautomatic assault weapons," the very name is an oxymoron. One semiautomatic rifle (e.g., a Marlin Camp Carbine) functions just like any other (e.g., a Colt AR-15A2). The federal "assault weapon" ban applies to some but not all semiautomatics, and classifies guns on the basis of petty cosmetic characteristics--such as whether the gun has a bayonet lug, or whether the magazine protrudes "conspicuously" from the rest of the gun. So-called "assault weapons" do not fire faster, or fire larger bullets, than other firearms. There is no reasonable basis for sending parents and children to prison because a childs lawfully-used rifle has a bayonet lug or some other cosmetically incorrect feature.
On what grounds can the school suspend the student? If he didn't take guns to school and there was no direct threat, I don't understand how they can justify suspending him!
I'm thinking that people who care about their guns and privacy should not posting pics of them on the internet.
for later reading....
They'd have a stroke if they saw the "Sportsman's Messenger," which regularly features kids holding the guns they used to win shooting competitions.
I don't see how that could be a criminal violation assuming he wasn't threatening anyone.
Grandkid is getting a gun on that birthday and every one after that, as long as I'm alive.