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BARRETT V. UNITED STATES, 423 U. S. 212 (1976)

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Barrett v. United States, 423 U.S. 212 (1976)

Barrett v. United States

No. 74-5566

Argued November 4, 1975

Decided January 13, 1976

423 U.S. 212


The provision of the Gun Control Act of 1968, 18 U.S.C. § 922(h), making it unlawful for a convicted felon, inter alia, "to receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce," held to apply to a convicted felon's intrastate purchase from a retail dealer of a firearm that previously, but independently of the felon's receipt, had been transported in interstate commerce from the manufacturer to a distributor and then from the distributor to the dealer. Pp. 423 U. S. 215-225.

504 F.2d 629, affirmed.

BLACKMUN, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which BURGER, C.J., and BRENNAN, WHITE, MARSHALL, and POWELL, JJ., joined. WHITE, J., filed a concurring opinion, post, p. 423 U. S. 225. STEWART, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which REHNQUIST, J., joined, post, p. 423 U. S. 228. STEVENS, J., took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

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