Man who spent $10K to get NICS record fixed refused attorney’s fees by court
By Chris Eger
An Ohio man who sued the federal government over a stagnant background check appeal on a gun purchase was told he was not entitled to get his fees back.
Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, sitting in on the federal bench in the District of Columbia, refused to grant $9,775.65 in attorney’s fees and costs incurred by Gregory Ledet to get his gun rights recognized.
Ledet tried to purchase a firearm through a licensed dealer on Feb. 27, 2016, but his National Instant Criminal Background Check System check – also known as NICS and performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation – came back denied. The FBI subsequently informed Ledet he was a prohibited firearms possessor, which he appealed.
Under federal law, those found guilty of non-domestic violence-related state misdemeanors punishable by over two years in prison can lose their gun rights. Ledet’s criminal history consisted of a misdemeanor theft under $100 charge in 1997 in Louisiana for which he received a six-month suspended sentence in lieu of 18 months probation, meaning he should not have been denied.
Court records show the FBI was sent this data as early as 2003 and had been delivered it again in 2010.
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