Bloomberg reports that Jefferson Wayne Schrader, a Vietnam veteran, sued when the FBI turned up a 45-year-old misdemeanor conviction and used it to deny a recent shotgun purchase during his National Instant Criminal Background Check.
The assault occurred in Annapolis, Maryland, while Schrader, then 20, was serving in the Navy and encountered a member of a street gang who had previously assaulted him, according to his complaint.
Schrader punched his assailant and was convicted of common- law assault and battery and fined $100. The court imposed no jail time. Schrader went on to serve a tour of duty in Vietnam and received an honorable discharge. He had no other brushes with the law, except for one traffic violation, he said in his complaint.
Schrader said that prior to 2008 he had bought guns from dealers at least five times without encountering difficulties with background checks.
“I’ve been buying and selling guns all these years and I didn’t know anything about this,” he said today in a phone interview. “It’s a very poor decision. It sounds like they’re making it up as they go along.”
Alan Gura, Schrader’s attorney, said that a further appeal is likely. “This is not something that ends today,” he said in a phone interview.
Yeah, that’s just ridiculous. Pretty boy David Gregory is walking around free as a bird after committing a recent gun crime and a veteran is still paying for a non-gun related crime decades after he paid the price.