High court re­fuses to hear gun-frisk case

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON — The U.S. Supreme Court is leav­ing in place a fed­eral ap­peals court rul­ing that con­cluded po­lice can frisk some­one they be­lieve has a weapon.

The court de­clined Mon­day to take a case out of West Vir­ginia in which the U.S. Court of Ap­peals for the 4th Cir­cuit con­cluded that an of­fi­cer who makes a law­ful traf­fic stop and has a rea­son­able sus­pi­cion that one of the au­to­mo­bile’s oc­cu­pants is armed may frisk that in­di­vid­ual for the of­fi­cer’s pro­tec­tion and the safety of ev­ery­one on the scene.

West Vir­ginia At­tor­ney Gen­eral Patrick Mor­risey, joined by at­tor­neys gen­eral for In­di­ana, Michi­gan, Texas and Utah, had asked the court to hear the case. Mor­risey said in­no­cent gun own­ers have the right to carry weapons “with­out the fear of be­ing un­rea­son­ably searched.”

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