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Idaho court rejects Pennsylvania man's gun rights request

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 27, 2015 1:23 AM
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(FILE PHOTO: Mike Wenger looks at a Smith and Wesson M&P Shield on Thursday November 19, 2015. The store has seen the sale of compact pistols, which are easier to conceal, after the terror attacks in Paris. Jeremy Long, Lebanon Daily News)

(Boise, Idaho) -- The Idaho Supreme Court has rejected a Pennsylvania man's attempt to have his gun rights restored under Idaho law. 

The justices say a lower-court judge correctly ruled Todd Rich lacked legal authority to file his lawsuit.

Rich now lives in Pennsylvania, where a judge has ruled that he cannot own a gun because of the rape case.

He was convicted of rape in Idaho in 1992, a felony that comes with a permanent loss of gun rights.

His conviction, however, was reduced to a misdemeanor through a 2004 sentencing agreement. 

The justices also say the mechanism for restoring civil rights is through the commission of pardons and parole, not through district courts. 

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