NBA YoungBoy Argues His Gun Charges Violate His Second Amendment Rights

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NBA YoungBoy believes it's unconstitutional to restrict convicted felon's access to guns.

NBA YoungBoy and his legal team are arguing that the gun charges he's facing violate his Second Amendment rights. According to court documents obtained by AllHipHop, the attorneys contested the fundamental legality of banning convicted felons from accessing guns.

“The government has not alleged that Mr. Gaulden was observed to be holding a firearm by any law enforcement officer (or any other witness), nor have any allegations been made that Mr. Gaulden was using a firearm in any unlawful way at the time of his alleged offense,” the rapper's legal team wrote. “Rather, the government merely alleges that music video footage shows Mr. Gaulden possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony and for possessing a firearm which is not registered in the national firearms registration and transfer record.”

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They continued: “The government does not allege that Mr. Gaulden was posing a threat to anyone and cannot even allege that the suspected firearms observed in the video were functional or loaded when the video was recorded. This prosecution seeks to restrict and deny Mr. Gaulden’s Second Amendment right to possess a firearm based solely on his status [as] a felon and his alleged failure to comply with bureaucratic regulations requiring the registration of firearms into a national database.” The documents further argue that there is a "lack of a clear historical continuity between the firearm laws in effect when the Second Amendment was ratified" and the current system. They also add the state “cannot provide the historical analogues" to justify felony disarmament with firearm regulation in the U.S.

The argument comes as YoungBoy prepares to go to trial in the case in July. He's been under house arrest since 2021. He faces charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and unlawful possession of an unregistered firearm. Be on the lookout for further updates on NBA YoungBoy on HotNewHipHop.

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Cole Blake is currently an Editor at HotNewHipHop based out of Brooklyn, New York. He began working at the site as an intern back in 2018 while studying journalism at St. John’s University. In the time since, he’s graduated with a bachelor's degree and written extensively about a wide range of topics including pop culture, film & television, politics, video games, sports, and much more. He’s also covered music festivals such as Gov. Ball and Rolling Loud. You can find him publishing work for HNHH from Monday to Wednesday or on weekends. On the sports front, Cole’s a passionate NBA and NFL fan with his favorite teams being the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Lakers. He also roots for the Yankees whenever he finds himself at Yankee Stadium or the Red Storm when in the company of other SJU alumni. His favorite hip-hop artists are billy woods, Earl Sweatshirt, Cam’ron, MIKE, and Mach-Hommy.