USA –-(Ammoland.com)- A copy of the “Brief of Defendant-Appellant” in the case of United States v. John Thomas Shipley has now been provided to Gun Rights Examiner by a source close to the former FBI agent convicted of dealing firearms without a license in April of last year. The brief raises several points of contention that are made all the more compelling in light of revelations reported in this column last week that a request for a 30-day extension by the defense after the government admitted to losing a full day’s testimony under highly mysterious circumstances.
Among the issues the defense calls to the Fifth Circuit Court’s attention, several stand out to this correspondent, not necessarily as the most legally relevant, but certainly having bearing on the rationale and morality of the prosecution.
“Shipley reinvested every penny back into his gun collection and the government presented not a scintilla of evidence that Shipley’s buying and selling guns for his collection had the principal objective of livelihood and profit,” the brief points out. That would certainly appear relevant to drawing a distinction between an enthusiastic and prolific collector and a professional dealer.
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About David Codrea:
David Codrea is a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He is a field editor for GUNS Magazine, and a blogger at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance. Read more at www.DavidCodrea.com.