I have to hand it to Alan Gura, this looks like a brilliant way to attack the issue of people who have been prohibited from exercising their Second Amendment rights due to a misdemeanor conviction. The courts will be looking at, and issuing opinions and dicta on the issue without the baggage of a domestic violence conviction hanging like a black cloud over the case. Gura is very good at picking clients, and this guy couldn’t honestly look any better and still make a case.
He got a misdemeanor simple assault as a serviceman in the US Navy while stationed in Annapolis as a young man. He went on to serve in Vietnam and was honorably discharged. He has not been in trouble with the law since. But since Maryland did not set a maximum sentence for the crime, it is disabling under federal law. I had no idea, to be honest, this circumstance even existed.